Two civilians, a man and a woman in their fifties and a British Transport Police officer in his thirties were transported to a hospital in a “very serious condition.” The woman suffered injuries to her face and stomach and the man was wounded in the stomach. The British Transport Police officer was stabbed in the shoulder. One man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He was not identified for media. The officer has since been released from the hospital. Metrolink service through the station has been suspended.
A producer for the BBC said he witnessed the stabbing, and called it “the most terrifying thing.” He also declared the attacker had a long kitchen knife and was yelling something about Allah. “Long live the caliphate! Allah akhbar,” other witnesses heared. It was supposed an act of terrorism. The Greater Manchester Police said that they “don’t yet know the full circumstances” of the crime. British counter-terrorism police have launched an investigation. The New Year celebrations went ahead in the city center. New Year’s Eve fireworks at Albert Square went on as planned.