An important police force was deployed in Glasgow city center and several streets were cordoned off after the facts, the exact nature of which remains to be determined, said an AFP journalist.
“The individual on whom the police opened fire is dead. Six other injured people are in the hospital, including a policeman who is in critical but stable condition, “Scottish police official Steve Johnson said on Twitter. He had specified earlier that the suspect on whom the police opened fire was a man.
According to the Scottish Police Federation, an organization which represents officers, the injured policeman was stabbed.
According to the association Positive Action in Housing, specializing in the accommodation of migrants, the events occurred in a hotel that welcomed refugees.
Without giving details on the facts, the political leaders very quickly expressed their emotion.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “deeply saddened” by the “terrible” events that took place in Glasgow, addressing his thoughts to the victims and their families.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the news from Glasgow as “truly horrible”.
A week after Reading –
A witness quoted by the PA agency reported four people taken by ambulance. Craig Milroy said he saw a man of “African descent”, “on the ground, with a person by his side:” I don’t know if it was a gunshot wound, a stab wound or what was “.
A witness, a woman named Louise, told Sky News that she saw bloody people on the ground, being taken care of by the emergency services.
“I saw people running out of the hotel, the police shouting + hands in the air, hands in the air, go out.” There were police cars, ambulances all over the street that was cordoned off. Police shouted to people in other buildings near the Park Inn to stay inside. “
The incident comes less than a week after three men were fatally stabbed last Saturday in Reading, west London, which was seized by the anti-terrorist police.
According to the British press, the author, a Libyan refugee suffering from mental health problems, had been on the radar of the intelligence services without any imminent risk having been identified.
He was imprisoned in October for crimes unrelated to terrorism, including the racist assault of a policewoman in 2018 and willful degradation, and released in early June, the same source said.
In a tribute to the victims on Monday, Interior Minister Priti Patel said that the security services have thwarted 25 plans for attacks in the past three years, including eight fired by the far right.
Unchanged, the level of the terrorist threat remains classified as “significant”, ie the third degree on a scale of five.
The attack “not considered as terrorism”
Scottish police said on Friday they did not consider the attack that left six injured in a Glasgow hotel to be terrorist in nature.
“The West George Street incident in Glasgow is not considered terrorism. The investigation continues, “police said on Twitter.
Scottish police killed Friday the suspect of an attack in Glasgow having left six injured, including a member of the police force, in a hotel welcoming migrants.
The man “on whom the police opened fire is dead. Six other injured people are in the hospital, including a policeman who is in critical but stable condition, “Scottish police official Steve Johnson said on Twitter.
According to the Scottish Police Federation, an organization which represents law enforcement officials, the injured policeman was stabbed.
According to the association Positive Action in Housing, specializing in the accommodation of migrants, the establishment welcomed asylum seekers sheltered during the confinement imposed to fight against the spread of the new coronavirus.
The Scottish Kurdish Association, quoted by the Glasgow Times newspaper, said that around 100 asylum seekers were staying in this hotel and complained of being stranded inside, without money, while some suffered from problems. health.
The exact circumstances that led to the tragedy are still unknown.