A KNIFEMAN has been arrested for terror offences today after allegedly stabbing three Manchester shoppers as he yelled “I’m going to f*** you up”.
Terrified families described an machete-wielding attacker “running and lunging” at shoppers in the Arndale Centre.
Police Taser a man after the stabbing rampage in Manchester city centre[/caption]
A victim is stretchered out of the shopping centre after the attack[/caption]
The 41-year-old man, believed to be British and from Manchester, was arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of an act of terrorism.
Greater Manchester Police is treating the rampage as a “lone wolf” attack, according to the MEN.
Horrified witnesses heard screams as armed cops raced to the scene at the packed Arndale Centre in Manchester city centre.
“Shaking” Gogglebox star Julie Malone was among hundreds of shoppers who fled the busy shopping centre in panic.
Two women, including a 19-year-old, were rushed to hospital with stab wounds, along with a man in his 50s.
A fourth woman was assessed by paramedics at the scene for shock.
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Cops run through the shopping centre towards the knifeman[/caption]
Dramatic footage shows dozens of terrified shoppers running and a suspect being pinned by Taser cops this morning.
Shopper Janet Loudon, 21, saw a man yell “I’m going to f*** you up” repeatedly during the attack.
She said: “He got more and more agitated.
“I carried on walking but saw police run inside the Arndale and heard someone shout ‘knife’ – I was frantically looking for my friend.
“That was when I heard that people had been stabbed and everyone was panicking and frantic. We saw a victim slouched between an ATM which was a horrific sight and she was taken away to be helped.”
A traumatised shop worker revealed he saw a police officer holding a 12inch machete, believed to belong to the attacker.
And another Arndale employee described how the knifeman randomly attacked shoppers in and around Starbucks.
Cops and medics in Starbucks in the packed Arndale Centre following the attack[/caption]
Officers race through the shopping centre following the rampage[/caption]
Another victim is taken to an ambulance after being treated by medics in the shopping centre[/caption]
Jordan, 23, said: “A man was running around with a knife lunging at multiple people, one of which came into my store visibly shaken.”
Another witness saw the attacker armed with a blade and a woman slumped on the floor covered in blood after she was knifed in the back.
She compared the attack to a “horror film”. The shopper added: “There was blood pouring from her and she just fell to the floor.”
Chilling footage shows a female victim sobbing after discovering she was attacked with a “real knife” in the rampage.
Shopper Freddie Houlder, 22, described how he heard “a load of screams just outside” the shop he was in and that a man “was running around going for as many people as possible”.
He said a woman then came into the shop and told others “a guy just ran past the shop and tried to stab me”.
He added: “Luckily she had quite a thick jacket – she thought originally it was a fake knife because of how easily it grazed off but police came in and said it was a real knife and she burst into tears.”
Mr Houlder, from Market Drayton, said he was evacuated several minutes later at which point he saw “a bunch of curtains covering someone seriously injured or dead, I don’t know”.
Houlder, who filmed the suspect being arrested said he was “screaming”, as petrified families told how they hid in shops as staff pulled down the shutters.
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Elle McLaughlin, 22, from Failsworth, Oldham, who was shopping with her sister Amy and her baby, cowered in All Saints.
She said: “We were told to go into to All Saints and they kept us in there and pulled the shutters down so we were safe.
“It was frightening – we were in there for about 15 minutes then evacuated.”
Manchester Police initially said five people had been knifed but later confirmed paramedics had treated four people, with three stabbed.
Tina Concar, 52, from Miles Platting, Manchester, said she was evacuated after the attack.
She said: “We only knew something was unfolding as loads of people started running towards us, at first shouting ‘bomb’.
“But then someone mentioned that a person had been stabbed. People were panicking and running as security staff were running the other way.”
Police cars raced to the scene after three people were left hurt[/caption]
Paramedics and cops raced to the Arndale shopping centre this morning[/caption]
A huge police cordon has been set up surrounding the shopping centre[/caption]
The North West Ambulance Service has confirmed they treated four patients, one with serious injuries, with all being taken to hospital.
A GMP spokesman said: “In these early stages we are keeping an open mind about the motivation of this terrible incident and the circumstances as we know them.
“Given the location of the incident and its nature officers from Counter Terrorism Police North West are leading the investigation as we determine the circumstances.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “Shocked by the incident in Manchester and my thoughts are with the injured and all those affected. Thank you to our excellent emergency services who responded and who are now investigating what happened.”
A Starbucks spokesman told The Sun Online: “We are aware of the incident and supporting local authorities with their response.
“Our immediate priority is the well-being of our partners (employees) and customers in the area.”
Forensic officers look at items on the floor after the Manchester knife attack[/caption]
Counter-terror cops are probing the attack – which left three people injured[/caption]
Emergency services raced to the popular shopping centre after the attack this morning[/caption]
Cops Tasered a man to the floor after several people are thought to have been injured[/caption]