LONDON — The London police force says two officers have been hospitalized after being stabbed in central London early Friday. He says the attack is not being treated as terrorism.
The Metropolitan Police force says officers “encountered a man with a knife” in the Leicester Square area, a busy tourist hub, at around 6am (0500 GMT).
The force says both officers are in the hospital and awaiting updates on their conditions.
A man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily injury and assaulting an emergency worker. He is also in the hospital. Police say a Taser was used during the arrest.
Police say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident. It comes as London is awash with mourners for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, but the stabbing did not occur near any memorial sites.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan called the attack “absolutely appalling”.
“These brave officers were doing their duty and helping the public at this momentous time for our country,” he said. “My thoughts and prayers are with them, their loved ones and their fellow police officers in the aftermath of this shameful attack.”
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