Sky News has obtained images of knifeman Badreddin Abadlla Adam, who stabbed six people, including a police officer, in Glasgow.

Adam, 28, was shot dead by police at the Park Inn Hotel on West George Street after carrying out his attack on Friday.

His family are “shocked” at his actions and hope the injured will be back with their families soon, a friend called Almadi told Sky News.

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Image: The attacker has been named as Badreddin Abadlla Adam

Such an attack is not the “mentality” and “moral nature” of Adam’s community in Sudan, Almadi added.

Adam had been “miserable” and was suffering from “mental issues” and health problems, he said.

Almadi claimed Adam had been treated “improperly” at the hotel and the food was of “bad quality”, causing Adam to suffer “abdominal disturbances” and “vomit every time”.

Adam was also kept in his room for a whole month, Almadi said, badly affecting his mental health.

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Image: Badreddin Abadlla Adam is said to have been ‘miserable’ at the hotel

Almadi saw Adam a week before the incident, when he was “so sad” and appeared to have a “lot of things he wanted to talk about”.

But Almadi said he had no idea that Adam might have been planning an attack, saying he was “smiling” and “very peaceful”.

However, Almadi said he heard that Adam had asked a friend at the hotel, on Thursday at 11pm, whether he could stab certain people who were causing him trouble. Almadi said he did not know who those people were.

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Glasgow knifeman ‘said he was going to kill’

The friend in the hotel apparently tried to calm Adam down and told him he should not do what he was suggesting.

That person then phoned a community member and said Adam’s threat should be taken seriously and someone needed to go to the hotel and warn staff. Almadi said some people did do that, warning of “dangerous thoughts”.

Adam had a phone call with his solicitor about an hour and a half before the attack on Friday, Almadi said, during which he complained about his accommodation, said he was suicidal and wanted to be moved.

Adam said he was “going to kill” people, another asylum seeker told Sky News, but the threat was not taken seriously.

She said people were treated “like animals”, and “that will make them savages”.

“It’s not just dangerous for asylum seekers, it’s dangerous also for Scotland and the UK,” she added.

Adam arrived in the UK seven months ago, staying initially in Northern Ireland before being moved to Glasgow, and had been at the hotel for three months, Almadi said.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 26: Police officers at the scene after reports of three people being killed in a central Glasgow hotel on June 26, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. A knifeman stabbed three people to death in the stairwell of the Park Inn Hotel on West George Street, Glasgow before being shot himself by armed police. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) said an officer was stabbed during the major incident. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Image: Police cordoned off the scene on Friday

The Mears Group, which is contracted by the Home Office to provide housing and support services to asylum seekers in Scotland, said it was “deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic events in the heart of Glasgow”.

It said in a statement: “We will not anticipate a live police investigation, but we can confirm that the attack happened in a hotel where we are housing asylum seekers during the lockdown period.”

A spokesman for the Radisson Hotel Group said: “Our thoughts are with those affected and their families during this very difficult time.

“We cannot provide further comment as this is a live police investigation.”

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