Barnsley market trader hailed a hero for confronting woman who stabbed man she shouted ‘kill, kill, kill’ 

Abdul Razzaq, 43, who confronted a woman after she produced a huge kitchen knife in Barnsley town centre and shouted "kill, kill, kill, kill" as she stabbed one man in the shoulder and then walked around the busy streets. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Abdul Razzaq, 43, who confronted a woman after she produced a huge kitchen knife in Barnsley town centre and shouted "kill, kill, kill, kill" as she stabbed one man in the shoulder and then walked around the busy streets. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A market trader has been hailed a hero after he confronted a woman brandishing a foot-long knife who stabbed a man in Barnsley town centre as she shouted ‘kill, kill, kill’. 

Abdul Razzaq, 43, confronted the woman after she produced a huge kitchen knife in Barnsley town centre and shouted ‘kill, kill, kill, kill’ as she stabbed one man in the shoulder and then walked around the busy streets.

The scene in Barnsley town centre this morning. Picture: Dean Atkins

The scene in Barnsley town centre this morning. Picture: Dean Atkins

Mr Razzaq followed the 6ft-tall woman and alerted police to where she was in the town's railway station.

He said he then convinced her to put down the knife before police officers grabbed her and made the arrest.

Mr Razzaq said the woman told him: "I'm no terrorist."

Another witness said the woman shouted: "In the name of Jesus."

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The trader, who has run his clothes stall on Peel Square for more than 15 years, was speaking as shoppers came to shake his hand and congratulate him on his bravery.

Mr Razzaq described how the woman got a knife as long as his forearm out of its wrapping and discarded the packaging in a bin right in front of his stall.

He said she was just shouting ‘kill’ over and over again as she went to stab one man.

He added: "I ran for this lady and she was saying 'kill, kill, kill, kill'. Everybody was scared. Everybody ran.

"I followed this lady. I said 'don't touch anybody'. I said 'kill me but don't touch my people. Keep that attack for me'."

Mr Razzaq said: "I said 'you're a terrorist'. And she said 'I'm no terrorist'. I said 'you're a terrorist because you do this'.

"I said 'why do you attack the people?'. And she just said ‘kill people, kill people'."

Mr Razzaq described how he followed the woman around the town centre as dozens of shoppers moved out of her way.

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He said she was walking and kept shouting "kill, kill, kill, kill".

After he returned to his stall, he told police she had gone to the bus station and he went with them to where they cornered her at the nearby railway station.

He said: "I said 'that's the lady'. She still had the knife and said 'kill, kill, kill'.

"The police said 'leave this knife'. Police were a little bit scared. I'm not scared. I'll go near to this lady. I said 'nobody's going to touch you, leave this knife'."

He said she said "kill, kill, kill" again but she threw the knife on the floor and police jumped on her.

Mr Razzaq said: "People were scared. They were really scared."

Witnesses said the woman was probably in her thirties and was wearing a veil but no face-covering.

South Yorkshire Police confirmed one person had been arrested following the incident at about 8.20am this morning.

The force said: "An investigation is now under way and in its early stages to establish whether this is an isolated incident and whether the individual acted alone."

It is believed only one person was hurt in the incident and his injuries are not serious.

A number of bins and others areas in Peel Square were cordoned off and white-suited forensics officers were examining the scenes.

People working in shops in Barnsley Interchange station said they saw officers rushing around the area at around 8am.

Hannah Fuller, 24, a member of staff at the Subway sandwich shop, said officers rushed towards the railway platform and businesses had been forced to close for an hour.

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She said: "We had to close for an hour - Peel Street was closed. The police haven't told us anything."

Other market traders described how the drama unfolded as they were setting up their stalls.

Flower stall owner Craig Ward, 42, said he saw the woman stop and pull out the massive knife.

He said: "She was walking past and threw her bag on the floor, then pulled the knife out and started chasing a bloke up Market Hill - she was screaming 'kill, kill, kill'.

"Then she came back down the hill for her bag - I heard she started going after a window cleaner after that. She was a massive woman - 6ft tall.

"It was very frightening to see a woman running around with a knife stabbing random people."

Paul Cooke said: "She went directly for him as he ran off towards the Town Hall but she couldn't catch him so she came back for her bag.

"Then she ran off in the other direction and then I saw her running back towards us chasing someone else. I was on the phone to police by this point describing what I was seeing - it was scary."