Glasgow stabbing: Police say serious incident was 'not terrorism'

The stabbing incident is not being treated as terrorism.

Nicola Sturgeon responds to Glasgow stabbing incident
Nicola Sturgeon responds to Glasgow stabbing incident

A major incident in Glasgow in which a suspect was shot dead and six people injured is not being treated as terrorism, according to police.

A male suspect was shot dead by an armed unit and an officer remains in a critical, but stable, condition after being injured in the attack.

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Police said there is no danger to the public, with officers in attendance in West George Street in the city centre on Friday afternoon, and it is not being treated as a terror incident.

Photos of the scene show armed police and dog units entering the Park Inn in West George Street.

Residents are also pictured being evacuated from the building with their arms up in the air as police circle the entrance.

A spokeswoman for campaign group Positive Action In Housing said the 91-room hotel was housing asylum seekers for the Mears Group, which moved them there during the coronavirus lockdown.

The organisation has declined to comment on the situation.

The First Minister responded to the incident this afternoon by paying her respects to those involved in the attack.

During her announcement she said: “First and foremost my thoughts are with all those people who have been caught up in this terrible incident, particularly the six injured people taken to hospital for treatment, as well as residents and staff at the hotel.

“I also want to thank all of those police officers whose quick and decisive actions contained the incident – one of whom was among those taken to hospital – as well as the work of the other emergency services. The Justice Secretary and I have been kept informed through the afternoon and briefed by the Chief Constable.

“While such a serious incident is rare in Scotland it is another reminder of the courage and professionalism of our police officers who are willing to run towards danger in order to protect the lives of others.

“Clearly there is already much speculation around this incident, which remains under investigation.

“I would urge everyone to avoid such speculation, to not share potentially harmful or upsetting material on social media and to follow police advice while investigations are underway.”