Man faces terrorism charge after knife attack close to Manchester Arena

Terrorism police in Britain said Friday a 25-year-old man has been charged with attempting to murder a police officer and two civilians in a New Year’s Eve knife attack in Manchester.

Mahdi Mohamud, who had lived in the Cheetham Hill area of the city, is to appear before Westminster Magistrates Court in London on June 12.

Mohamud has been charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count related to the possession of a document or record likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

The attack took place at the Manchester Victoria train station on New Year’s Eve, 2018, at around 9pm, just meters away from the Manchester Arena where 22 people died along with a suicide bomber in a terror attack in May, 2017 after a concert by the American pop star Ariana Grande.

A man and a woman, both in their 50s, survived the New Year’s Eve attack, but both suffered serious injuries. A British Transport Police officer, Sergeant Lee Valentine, was also injured in the attack, but his injuries were not life-threatening.