A 28-year-old Sudanese suspected of stabbing six civilians was shot dead by the police at the Park Inn Hotel in Glasgow’s city centre over the weekend.
Police identified the suspect as Badreddin Abadlla Adam, an asylum-seeker based on information the deceased provided to the Home Office earlier this year. He was the sole casualty in the incident.
“Six other people are in hospital for treatment to their injuries including a police officer, who is in a critical but stable condition,” police was quoted as saying in a report by Al Jazeera.
The injured victims were all male with ages 17, 18, 20, 38, and 53, along with the officer, 42-year-old David Whyte.
Scotland Police Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson said on Friday that the situation was contained and that the public was not at risk.
Police also ruled out any motive of terrorism.
In a statement, it said that the incident was under investigation and that the public should refrain from speculating about the motive of the attack.
“The police discharge of firearms resulting in a fatality will also continue to be fully investigated by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC),” the force said.
“Both of these inquiries, which take place under the direction of the Lord Advocate, are ongoing and it would not be appropriate to speculate either about the events or the outcomes of these investigations,” it added.
Dozens of authorities were deployed during the attack, while photos showing armed police entering a building and a large number of patrol cars were circulating on social media.
Nicola Sturgeon, first minister for Scotland, said that the reports were “truly dreadful” and that she was being updated about the incident.
Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a Twitter post that he was saddened by the incident.
“[I am] deeply saddened by the terrible incident in Glasgow. My thoughts are with all the victims and their families,” the prime minister said. “Thank you to our brave emergency services who are responding.”
Meanwhile, in a statement reported by BBC, Whyte was quoted as saying that the incident “myself and colleagues faced in West George Street was extremely challenging.”
“As the first responders on scene, myself and my colleague did what all police officers are trained to save lives,” he added.
The 91-room hotel was believed to have been housing some 100 asylum-seekers during the coronavirus pandemic.
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