Terrorist attack in Manchester - 5 people stabbed

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Five people have been stabbed in a terrorist attack at the Arndale Centre in Manchester city centre.

The shopping centre has been evacuated and trams have stopped operating at Exchange Square outside the entrance.

Counter-terror police officers are leading an investigation after a man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of serious assault.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: "We can confirm that five people have been stabbed and taken to hospital.

"In these early stages, we are keeping an open mind about the motivation of this terrible incident and the circumstances as we know them.

"Given the location of the incident and its nature officers from Counter Terrorism Police North West are leading the investigation as we determine the circumstances."

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