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Car hits UK Eid crowd, ‘not believed to be terrorism’: police

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 25, 2017 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jun 25, 2017 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
Car hits UK Eid crowd, ‘not believed to be terrorism’: police

Police officers work at a residential property on Elsmore Road in Fallowfield, Manchester, on May 24, 2017, to continue their investigations into the May 22 terror attack at the Manchester Arena. Police on Tuesday named Salman Abedi -- reportedly British-born of Libyan descent -- as the suspect behind a suicide bombing that ripped into young fans at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the carnage. Abedi is reported to have lived at an Elsmore Road property as recently as last year. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF

LONDON: British police on Sunday said they did not suspect terrorism was involved when a car ploughed into a group of Muslims leaving Eid prayers in Newcastle, northeast England.

Six people were hospitalised after a car crashed into pedestrians outside a sports centre in Newcastle, but Northumberland police said “it is not believed to be a terror incident.”

Police said they had arrested a 42-year-old woman, who is currently in custody.

One man was killed last week when a van drove into a group of worshippers outside a mosque in north London.

A North East Ambulance Service spokesman said that they were contacted at 9.15am (0815 GMT) to say that a car had mounted the kerb outside Westgate Sports Centre and hit a group of worshippers who had just attended Eid prayers.

“We have taken six people to hospital, they have gone to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, three children and three adults,” he said.

Eyewitnesses said that one boy, aged around eight,” was really badly injured,” according to the BBC. – AFP

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