Picture released of Glasgow attacker as his family say they are 'shocked' by his actions

Relatives of Badreddin Abadlla Adam said he was ‘miserable’ at the time of Friday’s attack.

The family of the asylum seeker involved in Friday’s knife attack in Glasgow are said to be ‘shocked’ by his behaviour.

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It is reported that a friend of Badreddin Abadlla Adam also said he was ‘miserable’ and suffering from ‘mental issues’ and health problems at the time.

Official Home Office photograph of Badreddin Abadlla Adam, 28, from Sudan, who died after being shot by armed officers during the incident in West George Street, Glasgow
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A huge police presence was in place in the city centre on Friday as events unfolded.

Mr Adam, 28, stabbed six people and was then shot dead by a police officer.

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Sky News has reported that a family member said they hoped the injured would be back with their families soon.

A friend added that such an attack was not the ‘mentality’ and ‘moral nature’ of the attacker’s community in Sudan.

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Officers at the scene in Glasgow.

Constable David Whyte, 42, who was injured in the attack released a statement on Saturday. Constable Whyte said himself and his colleagues ‘did what all officers are trained for – to save lives’.

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He added: “Despite suffering serious injuries myself, I know that the swift actions of colleagues saved lives and prevented a far more serious incident.”

Three of the other male victims are asylum seekers while two are members of hotel staff.

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They are aged 17, 18, 20, 38 and 53 and all were still in hospital as of Saturday, one in a critical condition.

A man who said he knew the perpetrator told ITV he warned of the attack the night before.

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Giving his name as Siraj, he said Mr Adam told him: “‘I will attack’ so everyone should take it seriously.

“I told him ‘no, there’s no need to attack’ and he said ‘they hate me, I hate them, they are against me’.

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“He started to say a lot of stuff like that but I said ‘nobody hates you, nobody knows you, nobody knows each other’.

“I reported him to the hotel reception and then the next day, yesterday morning, the housing manager talked to me and I said to him everything he (the attacker) said to me.

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“And in the afternoon, it happened.”

Police Scotland, which has said the attack is not being treated as terrorism, has launched an appeal for any witnesses to come forward.

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The Park Inn hotel was being used to house asylum seekers at the time of the incident.

Campaign groups have criticised a policy of moving asylum seekers into hotels during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Scotland’s Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said she is “seeking an urgent call with the Home Office about asylum accommodation”.

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