Met Police investigates stabbing of journalist in London amid counter terrorism concerns

By Cesar Medina

2nd Apr 2024 | Local News

Pouria Zeraati is a Persian journalist who was stabbed in south west London on 29 March (credit: pouriazeraati/X).
Pouria Zeraati is a Persian journalist who was stabbed in south west London on 29 March (credit: pouriazeraati/X).

The Met Police has launched an investigation following a stabbing in south west London last weekend.

Police were called at 2:49pm on Friday, 29 March to an address in Wimbledon after a man in his 30s was attacked and sustained an injury to his leg.

London Ambulance Service paramedics attended with police and the man was treated before being taken to hospital.

Officers say his condition is not believed to be life-threatening and he is in a stable condition.

The Met Police has not been able to establish yet why the victim was attacked and officers are keeping an open mind as to any motivation behind incident.

However, due to the victim's occupation as a journalist at a Persian-language media organisation based in the UK, coupled with the fact that there has been a number of threats directed towards this group of journalists in recent times, the incident is being investigated by specialist officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command.

Commander Dominic Murphy, Head of the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, said: "While we are keeping an open mind, given the occupation of the victim and our publicised concerns about the threat to employees of that organisation, the investigation is being led by the Counter Terrorism Command.

"I must stress that, at this early stage of our investigation, we do not know the reason why this victim was attacked and there could be a number of explanations for this.

"While we continue to assess the circumstances of this incident, detectives are following a number of lines of enquiry and our priority at this time is to try and identify whoever was behind this attack and to arrest them.

"I appreciate the wider concern this incident may cause – particularly amongst others in similar lines of work, and those from Iranian communities.

"We continue to work closely with the victim's organisation and as a precaution we'll have additional patrols in the Wimbledon area as well as other sites around London to provide reassurance over the coming days to those affected and concerned.

"Finally, I would urge anyone in the Wimbledon area who may have seen anything or anyone acting suspiciously today to get in touch with us."

     

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