Scene of stabbing in Reading, UK
Scene of stabbing in Reading, UK REUTERS

Authorities in the United Kingdom have identified the suspect arrested in connection with Saturday’s stabbing attack at a park following a Black Lives Matter protest.

Police say that 25-year-old Libyan national Khairi Saadallah was responsible for the deadly stabbings Saturday that killed three and left three more wounded.

Saadallah moved to the UK several years ago, reportedly seeking refugee status after fleeing the civil war in his native Libya.

On Saturday, Saadallah stabbed six people at the Forbury Gardens park in Reading at approximately 7:00 p.m., following a Black Lives Matter protest in the park.

Police were called to the scene, and a lone, unarmed officer who arrived first managed to tackle Saadallah and detain him until additional police forces arrived and took Saadallah into custody.

Hours later, armed counter-terrorist teams raided Saadallah’s apartment in Reading, where they confiscated a number of items.

Authorities have called the stabbing attack a terrorist incident, while also noting issues regarding Saadallah’s mental health.

No additional suspects are wanted in connection with the stabbings, police said.