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Multiple People Stabbed At UK Shopping Centre

At least four people have been injured after a stabbing at a busy shopping centre in the UK city of Manchester.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed that four people had been injured as a result of the incident with at least three taken to hospital.

Police said two women, one aged 19, were taken to hospital with stab wounds and both are believed to be in stable conditions.

A man in his 50s was also taken to hospital with stab wounds, but his condition is not yet known.

A woman in her 40s was treated at the scene but was not believed to have been stabbed in the incident. She was assessed by paramedics who determined she did not need to be taken to hospital.

Earlier, police reported that five people had been taken to hospital but they have since revised that number.

A man believed to be in his 40s has been taken into custody and is being questioned by officers "on suspicion of serious assault," police said.

According to local media, the shopping centre was evacuated around 11 am as armed police swarmed the area.

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Footage shared on social media and believed to be from the scene shows police pinning a man to the ground and holding a taser towards him.

While the motive behind the stabbing attack remains unclear, police said that "given the location of the incident and its nature" counter-terrorism police were leading the investigation.

"In these early stages we are keeping an open mind about the motivation of this terrible incident and the circumstances as we know them," police said.

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson released a statement on Twitter saying he was "shocked" by the incident.

"My thoughts are with the injured and all those affected," Johnson said.

"Thank you to our excellent emergency services who responded and who are now investigating what happened."

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