Five people injured after stabbing at mall in Manchester

Counter-terrorism police are leading the investigation into the incident at Arndale shopping center, Greater Manchester Police said, which happened at around 11 a.m. local time (6 a.m. ET).

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Police said a 40-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of serious assault and that they were “keeping an open might about the motivation of this terrible incident and the circumstances.”

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Witness Freddie Houlder, 22, who was shopping for shoes at the time, told CNN that he “heard screams” before a woman ran into the shop and “said someone tried to stab her.”

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“She said this guy was trying to stab random people,” Houlder said. “We were locked in the shop for around 20 minutes, then were finally allowed out.”

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A spokesperson for North West Ambulance service told CNN earlier that they had received “multiple” calls for help at 11:17 a.m. local time and that several people were being treated by emergency services.

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The spokesperson added that a “number of resources” — one ambulance, two hazardous response vehicles and a physician — had been deployed to the mall.

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A large number of officers were pictured at the scene via social media posts. Those injured are being treated in hospital, police said.

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According to Britain’s PA news agency, the mall remains closed and a police cordon is in place.

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The mall is just a short walk from Manchester Arena, where 22 people were killed following a suicide bombing outside an Ariana Grande concert.

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Also nearby is Victoria railway station, where three people were stabbed on New Years Eve.

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