UK Man jailed for life for murdering three men in Reading terrorist attack


A terrorist who brutally murdered three men and tried to kill another three will spend the rest of his life in jail after being sentenced at the Old Bailey, London.
Khairi Saadallah killed James Furlong, aged 36, David Wails, aged 49, and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, aged 39, during a meticulously-planned knife attack in Forbury Gardens in Reading, on 20 June.
The 26-year-old of Basingstoke Road, Reading, also attacked and tried to kill three other men.
The offender was arrested by officers from Thames Valley Police shortly after the attack and was subsequently charged following an investigation led by Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE).
He pleaded guilty to three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder at a previous hearing on 11 November 2020.
Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, QPM, head of CTPSE, said: This man is a committed jihadist and was intent on killing as many people as he could on that sunny summer’s evening in June.
As the evidence has shown, the attacker planned his actions in meticulous detail. The men he killed were not just murdered, they were executed at such a speed, they had very little chance to react or defend themselves.
The horrors of this incident took just a single minute to unfold. It took him less than 10 seconds to kill three innocent men, and he then went on to attack and tried to kill another three men before running off towards the town centre.
In that tiny timeframe, he changed the lives of all those involved forever.
He has caused unspeakable hurt and distress to the families of the three men who were brutally murdered as they were relaxing and enjoying socialising with friends on a Saturday evening. I’m sure there will also be lasting effects on those who were injured in the attack, who were fortunate not to have been even more seriously harmed.

You can report any suspicious behaviour or activity that you think could be terrorist-related via the Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) website or alternatively, call police in confidence on 0800 789 321.

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