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Man arrested in Sheffield city, U.K., after a machete attack

A machete attack occurred in front of terrified shoppers in Sheffield city center on Thursday morning.

Shoppers were prompted to run and shop workers to lock their doors. Nearby officers were on scene within less than two minutes. The coppers have Tasered the attacker. A large knife was seen on the floor close to where the man was detained. The 21-year-old man has been held on suspicion of attempted murder, possession of a knife or bladed article and possession of drugs. South Yorkshire Police said a man, 47, had been injured but he was not in a life-threatening condition. He suffered head injuries but was able to walk into an ambulance. Blood could be seen on the pavement outside McDonald's.

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"We were so scared, we thought he was going to kill everyone,” a witness said. Another witness said the attacker "didn't seem in the right frame of mind at all". The incident is not being treated as terrorism but the motivation of the attack is not known. "This is a superb example of the bravery of police officers who every day do amazing work to protect the public," South Yorkshire Police Superintendent Paul McCurry appreciated.

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