Police in the United Kingdom have refused to give the identity of a young man who stabbed three people on New Year’s Eve in a suspected terror attack in the city of Manchester while authorities say the man might have suffered from mental problems.
The Reuters news agency said on Wednesday that Greater Manchester Police had refused to return requests for more information on the identity and backgrounds of the 25-year-old man, who injured three people in the Victoria metro station early on Tuesday.
Police launched a raid into the home of the man in Manchester’s Cheetham Hill area on Tuesday as they were desperately seeking information on whether the suspect had accomplices that could launch other attacks in the city and other parts of the UK during the New Year holidays.
Authorities had earlier announced that they were treating the incident as a terror attack and counter-terrorism police launched an investigation.
However, in a fresh turn of events, police said on Tuesday that the man behind the attack was being assessed for mental health issues. There were no further information available and police refused to say how they had come to the conclusion.
This came as people who witnessed the stabbing attack, including a BBC producer who was at the busy metro station, have said that the man was chanting slogans against British government and saying that Britons will be target of attacks as long as their army was bombing people in other countries.
The site of the incident is close to a hall where 22 concert goers were killed in a terror attack in May 2015.
Britain suffered from three major terror attacks last year and authorities have maintained the second highest security alert to severe. The country has specifically struggling with a growing threat from nationals who have returned from militancy engagements in the Middle East.
Home Office (interior ministry) estimates suggest hundreds of British nationals joined terrorist groups like Daesh and al-Qaeda since a wave of militancy erupted several years ago in countries like Iraq and Syria.