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Police officers line a street in Nottingham on Tuesday, where several roads were closed as officers dealt with what they called a major incident.
Three people, including two students, were killed in a mass attack in the central English city of Nottingham on Tuesday, local authorities said.
Nottinghamshire Police said a 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Police were first alerted to the incident when two 19-year-old men were found dead on Ilkeston Road near the city center in the early hours of Tuesday morning local time. University of Nottingham later He tweeted that Two university students were killed on Tuesday. “We are shocked and devastated by this news and our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends.”
Officers were called to another incident a few streets down on Milton Street, where a van tried to run over three people. They were then admitted to the hospital.
A man in his 50s was also found dead on Magdala Road.
Police said they believed the three incidents, which they described as “city attacks,” were linked.
An eyewitness, Lynn Haggitt, told the BBC she saw a white van drive “into these two guys” during her commute early Tuesday morning local time.
“The woman went over the curb. The man soared into the air. It was a blast,” Haggitt said. “I wish I had never seen it, it really shook me.
“I’ve never seen anything like it.”
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Chief Constable Kate Meynell told reporters Thursday evening that police believed the suspect had stolen the vehicle before driving it into the public. The van was later stopped by police, and the suspect was “arrested and detained by police officers on suspicion of murder.”
No further arrests were made, according to Meynell, who did not take questions from reporters.
Police forensics officers walk along Magdala Road where a man was found dead.
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A police officer stands on Market Street after several incidents that have left at least three people dead.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has condoled the loss.
“My thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the injured and those who lost their lives,” he tweeted.
French President Emmanuel Macron He tweeted that: “Our thoughts go out to the victims, the injured and the families of the tragic events in Nottingham. We share the grief of our British friends and stand by them.
UK lawmaker Robert Jenrick said local people were “in a state of shock” following the incidents.
“I am deeply grateful to @nottspolice and everyone who responded to today’s horrific attack in Nottingham. Everyone in Nottinghamshire shares the feeling of shock. My thoughts and prayers are with the injured and the families and friends of those killed,” he said He tweeted that.
Another UK lawmaker, Alex Norris, tweeted: “Worst news our city has woken up to today. Our community’s thoughts and prayers are with all those affected. Our thanks to our blue light responders for their work today.