2 officers stabbed in central London,

LONDON (AP) — Two London police officers have been hospitalized after being stabbed in the city’s bustling West End on Friday, the Metropolitan Police said. The attack is not treated as terrorism.

The force said officers patrolling near Leicester Square encountered a man with a knife early Friday morning and were stabbed as they tried to detain him.

The officers – a man and a woman – were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police Chief Mark Rowley said the female officer suffered a serious life-altering stab wound to her arm, while her colleague was stabbed in the neck and chest but is expected to recover completely.

A man believed to be in his 20s has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assault on a rescue worker. Police said a Taser was used during the arrest and the suspect was briefly taken to hospital as a precaution.

The incident comes as London is awash with mourners over Queen Elizabeth II’s lie, but the stabbings did not occur near any memorial sites and police said the injured officers were not doing part of the royal operation.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan called the attack “utterly appalling”.

“These brave officers were doing their duty and helping the public at this crucial time for our country,” he said. “My thoughts and prayers are with them, their loved ones and fellow officers following this shameful attack.”

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