Man charged with attempted murder in knife attack on two London police officers


A man has been charged with attempted murder after two police officers were stabbed in central London.

Mohammed Rahman, 24, has been charged with attempted murder in connection with an attack on a male officer who was stabbed in the neck and chest with knives in Leicester Square at 6am on Friday.

In a statement Saturday, the Metropolitan Police Department said he was also charged with seriously injuring him in connection with the attack on a female police officer who was stabbed in the arm.

In connection with the other three officers, Rahman was charged with two counts of assault and threatening a person with a knife in a public place.

He was also charged with burglary and possession of a knife.

Rahman will appear in Wimbledon magistrates’ court on Monday.

Earlier Saturday, the Met said a female police officer who was stabbed in the arm was discharged after surgery.

The man who was stabbed in the neck is in a stable condition.

“Their injuries are assessed as not life-threatening at this time,” Met said.

‘Not terrorism related’

A police officer attached to the Metropolitan Central-Western Command was conducting routine operations when he was stabbed by a 24-year-old man around 6 a.m. Friday morning.

They were patrolling around Leicester Square, and while dealing with another incident, they noticed a man in possession of a knife.

Met Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley previously said a female police officer challenged the man and stabbed her in the arm before attempting to flee.

A male police officer caught the perpetrator and stabbed him three times in the neck and once in the chest.

The man also stabbed two of the additional officers who rushed to the scene, one with minor injuries to the hand and another with a knife that damaged his protective vest, according to the MET.

A taser was fired, seriously injuring the man, and he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting paramedics.

The Met does not believe the incident was terrorism-related at this stage. The unit is appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or has video evidence.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan called the attack “utterly appalling”.

He wrote on Twitter that he hoped those responsible would feel “the full power of the law.”

Lily Zhou and PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan

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