The prisoner shouted “kill all infidels” as he stabbed three officers

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Three prison officers were injured by an inmate who struck him with an improvised weapon, according to a newly released report (Image: REX/Getty)

According to a newly released report, an inmate at HMP Belmarsh stabbed officers with an improvised weapon as he repeatedly shouted death at the infidels.

The prisoner is said to have attacked one of the three key workers as he was being unlocked for lunch at the maximum security prison and “immediately began stabbing her head and throat”.

He threw a trash can at officers before striking with the sharpened prison implement, the incident report shows.

The attacker was heard shouting “Kill all Kaffirs, death to all Kaffirs” during the attack, according to transcript released by following a Freedom of Information Act request.

The Islamic word “kaffer” in this context generally means “infidels”.

The stabbed police officer, aged around 20, reportedly suffered injuries to the back of her head and superficial lacerations to her neck and was taken to hospital. Two colleagues were also injured while trying to detain the unnamed perpetrator who is said to have continued to “blow up” during the October 23 incident last year.

A general view of the inmates in Wing 4 of HMP Belmarsh in Woolwich, London (Photo: Susannah Ireland/REX/Shutterstock)

A general view of the inmates in Wing 4 of HMP Belmarsh in Woolwich, London (Photo: Susannah Ireland/REX/Shutterstock)

The report reads: ‘[Redacted] was unlocked for lunch, threw his trash can at staff and grabbed the officer [redacted].

“He immediately began stabbing her head and throat with an improvised weapon (sharpened prison implement), beating her and lacerating the back of her head and superficially lacerating her neck.”

The officer’s colleagues then attempted to restrain the prisoner in what is described as a “serious assault on staff” in a violent incident database at Category A prison in south-east London.

The report continues: “Officer [redacted] and officer [redacted] reserved Mr [redacted] he continued to lash out and injure the officer [redacted] (superficial cut on the throat) and officer [redacted] (superficial cut on the neck). It was believed he had 2 x improvised weapons but only one was found. When attacking the staff Mr [redacted] said: “Kill all Kaffirs, death to all Kaffirs”.’


The Department of Justice has released a catalog of violent incidents in Belmarsh (Image: In Pictures Ltd/Corbis via Getty Images)

The attack is among more than 200 violent incidents in the database of assaults at Thamesmead Prison.

The Department of Justice (MoJ) initially refused to release the list of incidents between November 2021 and October last year before appealed to the Information Commissioner’s Office. After the watchdog was turned on, the MoJ released the document in redacted form.

The reports include serious and potentially life-threatening acts of violence between detainees and officers.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Police were called at around 12.22pm on Wednesday 23 October to a report of an attack on three HMP Belmarsh employees.

“One of the victims, a woman in her 20s, was taken to hospital for treatment. The two male prison officers were treated at the scene.

“The investigation is ongoing.”

The MoJ claims one officer was taken to the hospital with “minor injuries” and did not stay overnight.

A Prison Service spokesman said: “We will not tolerate attacks on our hardworking staff and our £125million investment in prison security makes their jobs safer. Two prison officers suffered minor injuries and one was hospitalized. Police are now investigating and it would be inappropriate to comment further.’

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