A 19-year-old from Northern Ireland is recovering from surgery needed for serious injuries she sustained in a knife attack in Manchester’s Arndale Centre.
Chloe McGurk, from Glengormley in Co Antrim, suffered injuries to her arm and chest in the frenzied stabbing incident on Friday.
Two more people were also taken to hospital with stab wounds in the wake of the attack.
In a statement issued to UTV on Monday, Chloe’s family confirmed that she was “recovering in hospital with her family at her side”.
They added that, while the 19-year-old was “strong and resilient”, for her to be injured in such a manner was “every parent’s nightmare”.
The statement also said: “We wish to pay tribute to her friends who not only witnessed the incident, but who stayed with our daughter throughout.
“We want to thank the emergency services at the scene, and all the hospital staff who continue to look after Chloe.”
The family have further appealed for privacy, adding: “We will be not be making any further comment as our focus is on supporting Chloe and returning home over the coming days.”
Eyewitnesses reported seeing a man lunging at shoppers in the Arndale Centre on Friday morning.
A 40-year-old man was arrested within five minutes on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of an act of terrorism.
However, he was later detained under the Mental Health Act.
On Saturday, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: “This would appear to be an isolated incident, so the message very much this morning is it’s business as usual.
“It is important not to jump to conclusions, but what I can say is that, at this stage, it would appear to be more mental health-related than political or religious motivated.
“But, of course, we need to allow the police to conduct their full inquiries and we keep an open mind on that until that work is complete.”