Libyan refugee, 25, shouted ‘Allahu Akhbar’ as he stabbed three friends to death and injured three others using kitchen knife he bought the day before in suspected terror attack in Reading park, court hears

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Libyan refugee, 25, shouted 'Allahu Akhbar' as he stabbed three friends to death and injured three others using kitchen knife he bought the day before in suspected terror attack in Reading park, court hears

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A refugee accused of murdering three people in a suspected terror attack in Reading shouted ‘Allahu Akhbar’ moments before he carried out the stabbing with a store-bought kitchen knife purchased the day before, a court heard today.

Khairi Saadallah, 25, is accused of killing James Furlong, 36, David Wails, 49, and 39-year-old Joe Ritchie-Bennett during the incident Forbury Gardens, Reading, Berkshire nine days ago.

He is also charged with the attempted murder of three other men who were also attacked on the same day, Patrick Edwards, Stephen Young and Nishit Nisudan.

PLAY Top Articles by Daily Mail Black family flees from mob after woman claims they stole her car About Connatix V27898 Read More SPONSORED / Coming Next Skip Ad Prosecutor Jan Newbold told the court Saadallah is alleged to have bought the murder weapon, a large kitchen knife, from a supermarket the day before the attack on June 20 – which was declared a terrorist incident by police. She said he began to stab his alleged victims ‘without warning or provocation’ adding: ‘At the time of the incident, the defendant was heard to shout words to the effect of ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is great).’

The defendant allegedly stabbed Mr Ritchie-Bennett and Mr Furlong, delivering one blow to each of their necks.

He then stabbed Mr Wails once in the back, prosecutors said.

Saadallah then allegedly stabbed Stephen Young once in the head causing a deep laceration which required 28 stitches.The defendant also chased two other men as they ran away. He then quickly […]

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