British police: 2 officers stabbed in London, hospitalized

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LONDON — London police say two officers have been hospitalized after being stabbed in central London early Friday. It says the attack is not being treated as terrorism.

The Metropolitan Police say officers “encountered a man with a knife” in the Leicester Square area, a busy tourist hub, around 6am (0500GMT).

Police say both officers are in hospital and await updates on their condition.

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assaulting a rescuer. He is also in the hospital. Police say a taser was used in the arrest.

Police say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident. It comes as London is overrun with mourners for the lying of Queen Elizabeth II, but the stabbing didn’t take place near memorial sites.

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

“These brave officers did their duty and stood by the public at this momentous time for our country,” he said. “My thoughts and prayers are with them, their loved ones and police colleagues after this shameful attack.”

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