Three Reading terror attack victims each died of a single stab wound

THREE friends killed in the Reading terror attack each died of a single stab wound, police said.

David Wails, Joseph Ritchie-Bennett and James Furlong died in the attack in Forbury Gardens at around 7pm on Saturday.

The results of post-mortems were confirmed by Counter Terrorism Policing South East today.

Three other victims were taken to hospital with stab injuries and have since been discharged, a spokesman for Thames Valley Police said.

The suspected attacker, Khairi Saadallah, 25, a Libyan given asylum in 2018, remains in custody.

Friends Mr Furlong, 36, Mr Wails, 49, and Mr Ritchie-Bennett, 39, were killed as they sat in a circle of about 10 people enjoying a socially distanced drink in Forbury Gardens.

Saadallah, 25, remains in custody after he was tackled to the ground by an unarmed police officer near the scene and arrested on suspicion of murder.

He was later re-arrested under terrorism laws.

Police have said they are not looking for anyone else.

He arrived in Britain eight years ago, initially living in Manchester, and was granted refugee status in 2018.

He had been involved in the government's Prevent deradicalisation programme.

Saadallah was released from prison just 16 days before the attack.

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