Man charged with attempted murder over New Year’s Eve knife attack at Manchester Victoria station

A man has today been charged three counts of attempted murder over an attack at Manchester Victoria station on New Year’s Eve. 

Mahdi Mohamud has also been charged with possessing a document likely to be used in an act of terrorism, Greater Manchester Police confirmed this morning.

A man and woman, both in their 50s, suffered multiple stab wounds in the ‘random’ assault at the station on January 31.

A man has today been charged three counts of attempted murder over an attack at Manchester Victoria station on New Year’s Eve. Above: A man and a woman were pictured receiving treatment after being attacked

A man has today been charged three counts of attempted murder over an attack at Manchester Victoria station on New Year’s Eve. Above: A man and a woman were pictured receiving treatment after being attacked

A man has today been charged three counts of attempted murder over an attack at Manchester Victoria station on New Year’s Eve. Above: A man and a woman were pictured receiving treatment after being attacked 

The suspect was pinned down following the New Year's Eve knife attack at Manchester station

The suspect was pinned down following the New Year's Eve knife attack at Manchester station

The suspect was pinned down following the New Year’s Eve knife attack at Manchester station

British Transport Police sergeant Lee Valentine also suffered a stab wound to his shoulder in the incident. 

Greater Manchester Police said Mohamud, 25, previously of the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester, will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday June 12.

In a statement released by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) the couple, who have not been named, said in January: ‘We would like to thank the men and women from British Transport Police who ran into danger to protect us, as well as the paramedics and hospital employees who have shown great care and skill in looking after us. 

‘Now we would like to be left in peace to make a full recovery.’

Sergeant Valentine earlier explained the moment that he responded to the attack.  

‘We had no idea what we were running towards when we heard the screams on New Year’s Eve,’ he said in a statement. 

‘When we saw the man wielding a knife, instinct took over and we were able to, in company with TravelSafe officers from Metrolink, successfully detain the male.’

He and his colleagues, who were on patrol at the station, confronted the attacker with Tasers and pepper spray.

Armed police patrolled Manchester's Piccadilly Station this week following the New Year's Eve knife attack at the city's Victoria station

Armed police patrolled Manchester's Piccadilly Station this week following the New Year's Eve knife attack at the city's Victoria station

Armed police patrolled Manchester’s Piccadilly Station this week following the New Year’s Eve knife attack at the city’s Victoria station

The suspect was heard to shout ‘Allah’ and ‘Long live the Caliphate’ during the incident at the station.

A 25-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder was then detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to a secure medical facility. 

Police were said to be increasingly confident that the man acted alone in the final stages of the attack.

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