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Scotland raises concerns over asylum seekers after Glasgow attack

The Home Office has been asked by the Scottish Government to review the treatment of asylum seekers following the multiple stabbing attack in Glasgow. Police Scotland have named the man who stabbed an officer at a hotel housing asylum seekers before being shot dead by armed officers.

The investigation is continuing into the attack at Park Inn hotel in Glasgow on Friday including claims that staff at the hotel had been warned about his mental health before the attack happened.

The man who died after being shot by armed officers has been named as Badreddin Abadlla Adam, 28, from Sudan. The identity is based on information the deceased provided to the Home Office earlier this year.

A police statement said: “Police Scotland will continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident in Glasgow. The police discharge of firearms resulting in a fatality will also continue to be fully investigated by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC).”

The other people living in the hotel, who have been moved to alternative accommodation following the incident, had been placed there at the start of lockdown.

But the Scottish Government said it will be asking the Home Office for answers about the welfare of other asylum seekers currently in emergency accommodation. 

A spokesperson said: “The immediate priority must be to allow the police time to conclude their investigation. Any subsequent investigation into the wider circumstances surrounding the incident would be a matter for the Home Office, and we would expect a thorough investigation to take place.

“The cabinet secretary for communities has requested a call with the UK immigration minister to seek reassurances about the safety and wellbeing of people accommodated in hotels, and to ensure they are receiving all the support they need at this difficult time. She will also seek details of planning for the safe transfer of people out of hotels into long-term accommodation in the community, all of which are issues we have repeatedly raised with the Home Office on previous occasions.”

It came as two academics warned that young people with PTSD were at risk of radicalisation. Their comments followed the triple murder in Reading. The arrested suspect, named as Khairi Saadallah had been diagnosed with severe mental health issues.

Professor Edgar Jones told The Guardian: “This is as important as spending money on counter-terrorism services. In the long term, we need to prevent these things from happening.”

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