Glasgow stabbing attack in city centre hotel is not terrorism, police confirm

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Three people are feared to be dead after the attack in Glasgow city centre. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)
Three people are feared to be dead after the attack in Glasgow city centre. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)

The attack in Glasgow city centre that left six people injured, including a police officer, is not being treated as terrorism, police have confirmed.

Six men are being treated in hospital, including the 42-year-old officer who was stabbed during the incident, according to the Scottish Police Federation.

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Emergency services descended on West George Street at 12.50pm on Friday afternoon.

The male suspect was shot dead by armed officers inside the Park Inn Hotel.

Armed police at the scene of the major incident in Glasgow. The attack is not being treated as terrorism. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)
Armed police at the scene of the major incident in Glasgow. The attack is not being treated as terrorism. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)

Multiple reports shortly after the stabbing speculated that three people were feared dead.

Images on social media show armed police entering the building in the city centre.

The incident has been assessed by Counter Terrorism Police HQ in London and is determined not to be a terror-related incident.

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A spokeswoman for campaign group Positive Action In Housing said the 91-room hotel was housing asylum seekers for an organisation called the Mears Group, which moved them there during the coronavirus lockdown.

A man is led away by police officers at the scene in West George Street, Glasgow. (PA)
A man is led away by police officers at the scene in West George Street, Glasgow. (PA)

Tom Flanagan Kartunnen, of the Radisson Hotel Group, said: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic event that happened today on West George Street in Glasgow.

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“During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the hotel has been occupied for temporary housing.”

He added: “We are working with the hotel owner and all the relevant local authorities, including Police Scotland, to support the investigation.”

Emergency services attend the scene of the incident in Glasgow. (@Milroy1717 via AP)
Emergency services attend the scene of the incident in Glasgow. (@Milroy1717 via AP)

In a statement on Twitter, assistant chief constable Steve Johnson said: “The individual who was shot by armed police has died.

“Six other people are in hospital for treatment to their injuries including a police officer, who is in a critical but stable condition.

“We are continuing to deal with the incident on West George Street #Glasgow and would ask people to avoid the area.

“We would urge the public not to speculate about this incident or share unconfirmed information on social media.”

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