British police treating stabbing attack at Manchester train station as terrorism

LONDON — Police in Manchester said Tuesday that a stabbing attack at the train station overnight is being treated as terrorism.

On New Year’s Eve, shortly before 9 p.m., a man wielding a knife attacked a couple in their 50s and a police officer at Manchester’s Victoria Station. Officers tackled the suspect, a 25-year-old man, who was arrested at the scene.

The couple sustained ‘‘serious’’ injuries and are recovering in a hospital, police said. The officer stabbed in the shoulder while subduing the suspect was released Tuesday.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins commended the bravery of the four officers involved in stopping the attacker.


Elsewhere in Europe, in the early hours of Tuesday, a driver rammed his silver Mercedes into a group of people in the German city of Bottrop. Authorities said that at least four people were injured, including Syrian and Afghan citizens. A 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of carrying out a xenophobic attack.