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London police officer seriously hurt in machete attack

August 8, 2019
The street scene in the Leyton area of east London, where a police officer was stabbed with a machete around midnight while stopping a van, Thursday Aug. 8, 2019. The policeman, who managed to use his Taser despite having been stabbed, is in a critical condition in hospital and the alleged attacker was arrested by another officer. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire( / PA via AP)
The street scene in the Leyton area of east London, where a police officer was stabbed with a machete around midnight while stopping a van, Thursday Aug. 8, 2019. The policeman, who managed to use his Taser despite having been stabbed, is in a critical condition in hospital and the alleged attacker was arrested by another officer. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire( / PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — A London police officer has been seriously injured in a machete attack during a vehicle stop.

The Metropolitan Police force said that two officers were trying to pull over a van in east London when a man leapt out and stabbed one police officer several times. Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Tucker said it was a “frenzied and unprovoked” attack.

The officer, who is in his 30s, suffered wounds to his head and hands but managed to use a Taser to subdue the attacker. A man in his 50s is in custody.

Tucker said the police officer is “seriously injured, but he will make a recovery.”

Police say they don’t think the attack in the early hours of Thursday is related to terrorism.

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