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U.S. Ambassador Confirms American Amongst Victims of U.Okay. Stabbing Rampage

U.S. Ambassador Confirms American Among Victims of U.K. Stabbing Rampage


(LONDON) — An American man was among the many three victims stabbed to demise in a park within the English city of Studying that’s being handled as a terror assault, the U.S. ambassador to Britain confirmed Monday.

Ambassador Woody Johnson provided his “deepest condolences” to the households of these killed within the assault on June 20. A 25-year-old man who’s believed to be the lone attacker is in custody however officers stated the motive for the carnage was unclear.

“Our ideas are with all these affected,” Johnson stated. “We condemn the assault completely and have provided our help to British regulation enforcement.”

Three folks had been killed and three others significantly wounded within the stabbing assault Saturday night in Forbury Gardens park in Studying, a city of 200,000 folks 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of London.

The Philadelphia Inquirer named the American sufferer as Joe Ritchie-Bennett, a pal of James Furlong, a historical past instructor named by his college as one of many victims.

Ritchie-Bennett was 39 and had moved to England from the U.S. round 15 years in the past. His father, Robert Ritchie, stated his son labored for a regulation agency in London earlier than taking a job about 10 years in the past at a Dutch pharmaceutical firm that had its British headquarters in Studying.

Britain’s official terrorism risk degree stays at “substantial” after the assault.