American spy on secondment to GCHQ ‘stabbed in terror attack’

An American spy who was on secondment to GCHQ was reportedly stabbed by an alleged terrorist three miles from the Cheltenham headquarters.

It is believed that the victim was sitting in a car when a knifeman lashed out stabbing her in a leisure centre car park, before she could manage to stagger out of the vehicle for help.

The injured woman managed to alert staff at the sports centre that was set to close to the public at the time of the attack on Thursday at 9.15pm.

The woman is however stable and admitted to the hospital after the surgery.

MailOnline reported that the woman is believed to be an American spy on secondment to the Government Communications Headquarters, which is based just three miles away.

It further reported that initially, the stabbing was treated as attempted murder.

The suspect was re-arrested on suspicion of preparing and instigating a terrorist act just 24 hours later, it is reported.

A 29-year-old man from Cheltenham has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.

He is currently being held on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism contrary to Section 41 of the Terrorism Act (2000), as well as on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act (2006).

Assistant Chief Constable Richard Ocone of Gloucestershire Constabulary, told MailOnline: “I would like to reassure those living locally or visiting the county that we believe this was an isolated incident and we are not aware of any wider threat to members of the public.

“We are working closely with our partners in Counter Terrorism Policing.

“We appreciate that an incident of this nature may be concerning and we would encourage people to contact us via 101 with any additional information they may have about the incident.”

Local Councillor Stephan Fifield told the publication: “People are really curious about what happened.

“I was informed when it happened from the borough council but there has not been any further information, police have really locked it down.

“It is quite a large car park between the leisure centre and the main road.

“At that time of night there would be little reason to be there as the leisure centre was closing to the public.

“I cannot remember there ever being anything to do with terrorism in this area.”

Counter Terrorism Policing South East told the publication that the stabbing had developed into a terrorism probe “due to some specific details” however it did not share more details.

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