Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that all the victims of yesterday’s stabbings on Jersey were of Polish origin, including four from one family.
The suspect has also been confirmed as Polish.
Six people including two children, died in the knife attack at a flat in St Helier.
A 30-year-old man was in police custody at Jersey General Hospital where he is also recovering from surgery following the incident at about 3pm in a residential area close to the town centre.
Jersey police said that officers were called to a flat at Victoria Crescent, Upper Midvale Road, St Helier, after 3pm following reports of a multiple stabbing.
The area around where the incident occurred was sealed off while a major incident room was set up at police headquarters in St Helier.
A witness at the scene, Andre Thorpe, said he believed all the victims were members of the same family, and that two ambulances arrived at the scene,.
“Then four or five police vehicles came. They were trying to access a private house in the crescent. It was an old Victorian terrace, a lot of them are split into flats.
“I saw police come running out with a child, it was a small child, I just saw the legs. They went off in an ambulance. When the paramedic came back her shirt was covered in blood,” he said.
He added that the area where the violent incident happened was quite secluded and not on a main road.
Jersey’s Chief Minister, Senator Terry Le Sueur, said: “I was deeply saddened and shocked by yesterday’s tragic events and I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to the friends and relatives of those involved.
“I have every confidence in the ability and professionalism of our police force in handling this investigation. We must now avoid speculation and allow them to continue with this important work," he said.