English Town Mourns Victims of Suspected Terror Attack

first_imgLONDON (AP) — The English town of Reading mourned Monday for three people stabbed to death in what is being treated as a terror attack, gathering for a moment of silence as police questioned the suspected lone attacker.More than 100 students lit candles and laid flowers in memory of history teacher James Furlong, who was named as one of the victims. A flag in the courtyard of the Holt School, where he taught in nearby Wokingham, had been lowered to half-staff.“He was so passionate and enthusiastic about history and about learning, and anything that was boring, anything you didn’t find interesting, he would make it interesting,″ former student Molly Collins told the BBC. “He would spend time with you, he got to know people individually, and he just always went the extra mile for everyone.”Furlong’s friend, Joe Ritchie-Bennett, 39, was named by his family in Philadelphia as the second victim. The identity of the third victim has not been released.The stabbing rampage took place Saturday evening as groups of people relaxed in Forbury Gardens park in Reading, a town of 200,000 people 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of London. A 25-year-old man who is believed to be the lone attacker is in custody but officials said the motive for the carnage was unclear.Chief Constable John Campbell of Thames Valley Police said officers were called to reports of stabbings just before 7 p.m. and arrived to find a “horrific” scene. Unarmed officers detained a 25-year-old local man.Police have not identified the suspect, but Britain’s national news agency, Press Association, and other media outlets named him as Khairi Saadallah, a Libyan asylum-seeker living in Reading.The BBC reported that Saadallah was investigated by British security services last year over concerns he planned to travel abroad to join a jihadi group, but that he was not determined to be a major threat.The Philadelphia Inquirer quoted the father of Ritchie-Bennett as saying his son had moved to England from the U.S. around 15 years ago. His father, Robert Ritchie, said his son worked for a law firm in London before taking a job about 10 years ago at a Dutch pharmaceutical company that had its British headquarters in Reading.There was no immediate update on the conditions of the three people seriously wounded in the attack.Britain’s official terrorism threat level remains at “substantial” after the attack.last_img read more

Usain Bolt is a Fan of Cristiano Ronaldo But Calls Lionel Messi a Genius

first_img cristiano ronaldoFIFAfootballlionel messi First Published: September 21, 2019, 11:28 PM IST Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt has also weighed into the never-ending world famous debate of who is the better footballer between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Bolt was recently interviewed by FIFA.com during which he was asked whom between Messi and Ronaldo has had the best football career. “Both! Many people are asking this question, but they are two geniuses of football,” Bolt said in reply. “I have always been a big fan of Ronaldo. I admire his ability to succeed in different championships: England, Spain and now Italy.”The star sprinter was later asked who he would be rooting for — among Messi, Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk — in the upcoming FIFA Best Awards.”These are three wonderful players. Ronaldo and Messi won the prize five times each. For his part, Van Dijk has just won the UEFA prize and in view of his performances in Liverpool last season, his time may have come. But as a supporter of Manchester United, I would surely vote for Ronaldo!” Bolt said.He also included Ronaldo in his dream team of footballers for teaming up in a 4x100m relay event. “Ronaldo, Mbappé and Gareth Bale,” Bolt replied. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more