The man who was arrested on suspicion of carrying out the attack that stabbed three people in a park in the British town of Reading on Saturday evening was mentally ill and was on an MI5 watch list. as reported by several UK media on Monday.
Several relatives and former neighbors of the suspect have told The Daily Telegraph that the 25-year-old man has heard voices in his head and has previously taken medication. The inmate’s friends claimed that he had a western lifestyle and that he organized many parties. The same newspaper reported that the detainee, whom he identified as Khairi Saadallah, 25, from Libya, was on a surveillance list by the UK’s internal intelligence agency MI5 for a year.
Police have reported that the Saturday night attack in Reading, a city approximately 70 kilometers west of London, is being investigated as a terrorist incident, although the suspect’s mental health problems may have played a role in his actions.
The alleged perpetrator of the attack was recently released from prison, according to The Sun newspaper. One of his convictions is because he attacked a police officer. The BBC and other media have indicated that the suspect would be an asylum seeker from Libya and that he was convicted of violent crime, which implies that he could have been subject to a deportation order after his sentence was completed.
The British authorities have successfully identified two of the three fatal victims of the attack this Monday. One of them is a British history professor and the other is an American citizen who has lived in the UK for fifteen years. The school in Wokingham, West London, where the murdered teacher taught, was silent for two minutes on Monday to commemorate the deceased.