THIS is the dramatic moment cops pounce on a knifeman after three commuters were stabbed at a busy Manchester train station.
Footage shows five officers restrain the suspect after witnesses reported hearing the him scream “Allah” as he launched the terrifying assault at Victoria Station.
Officers restrain a suspect after three people were stabbed on New Year’s Eve
Passengers described hearing a “blood curdling scream” down the platform and were forced to run down the tram tracks after seeing a man wielding a 12-inch kitchen knife.
The woman was stabbed in the face and the stomach and the man was stabbed in the gut in what police said was a “critical” incident.
Both are said to be in their 50s.
A BTP officer was stabbed in the shoulder.
Footage appeared to show an officer picking up a knife as the suspect was arrested
Officers held down the attacker after three people were stabbed at Manchester Victoria station
Witness Sam Clack said cops used a Taser and pepper spray before “six or seven” officers jumped on the man.
The station is tonight on lockdown as counter terror cops carry out an investigation.
Mr Clack, 38, said: “I just heard this most blood curdling scream and looked down the platform.
“What it looked like was a guy in his 60s with a woman of similar age and another guy all dressed in black.
“It looked like they were having a fight but she was screaming in this blood curdling way.
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The attacker is pinned to the ground by cops after stabbing three people
Two of the injured are tended to by officers and members of the public following the New Year’s Eve stabbing
The triple stabbing happened at Manchester Victoria station just before 9pm
A witness said police officers used a Taser and pepper spray before, ‘six or seven’ officers jumped on the man
“I saw police in high-viz come towards him.
“He came towards me. I looked down and saw he had a kitchen knife with a black handle with a good, 12 inch blade.
“It was just fear, pure fear.”
Mr Clack, who is from Newcastle but is working in Manchester for the BBC, said he had been out with friends for a New Year’s Eve drink in the city centre and was waiting for the East Didsbury tram home when the attack happened.
He said he heard the knifeman shouting, “Allah” during the attack.
He added: “He shouted it before, he shouted it during it – Allah.”
The man was arrested following the triple stabbing at the Manchester train station tonight
Manchester Victoria Station was on lockdown after a man was detained for stabbing three people
As police appeared “within seconds” the knifeman backed down the platform towards where he was standing alone.
He continued: “I just had a feeling in the pit of my stomach.
“Here’s a man whose very agitated, angry, skittish. It appears he had already attacked someone.
“He had police coming towards him and he’s coming towards me.
“I thought what I need to do is jump onto the tracks because next thing he’s going to do is turn around and stab me. He’s looking about, side to side and jumpy.
“At one point one of the police officers fired the Taser but it missed him.
“Then he got pepper sprayed and tasered and he went to the ground.
“The guy, his exact words were, he said, ‘As long as you keep bombing other countries, this sort of s*** is going to keep happening’.”
The man reportedly had a kitchen knife with a black handle with a 12 inch blade
Mr Clack said he then realised the man in his 60s had been stabbed as there was blood “splattered” on the platform.
“He was stabbed in the head and once in the back,” he said.
“His shirt was covered in blood. His partner was 60-ish. She had a bandage on her head.”
He added: “It was scary. I have never been so scared in my life. Someone with a knife six to eight feet away, he had just stabbed someone. It was the proximity.”
Manchester Victoria station was shut tonight following the triple stabbing
Another witness, Rebekka, told the Mirror: “I heard the most bloodcurdling scream I’ve ever heard and turned to see everyone running towards me.
“Some guy told me to run. I jumped off the tram track and started to run down the tram lines and hid behind some concrete slabs under one of the arches.
“I had no idea what had happened at this point, I was just really scared, I didn’t know if I was going to die.
“Eventually we walked back and I’d heard people were stabbed.”
British Transport Police confirmed three people, including a police officer, were injured in the stabbing
A man and woman were taken to hospital with knife injuries while a BTP officer suffered a stab wound to the shoulder
The suspected knifeman was being quizzed on suspicion of attempted murder last night.
The three people stabbed had serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.
A spokesman for BTP Manchester said: “A man has been detained and two members of the public, a man and a woman have been taken to hospital with knife injuries.
“A BTP officer is also receiving treatment for a stab wound to the shoulder.”
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Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “While we don’t yet know the full circumstances and are keeping an open mind, officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North West are leading on the investigation.”
He added: “There is currently no intelligence to suggest that there is any wider threat at this time.”