LONDON    -    Two police officers were stabbed by a man early Friday in central London and hospitalised, police said, while ruling out ter­rorism amid massive secu­rity ahead of Queen Eliza­beth II’s funeral.

The assailant was tasered and arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assault­ing an emergency work­er, the Metropolitan Po­lice said.

The man was also in hos­pital following the inci­dent at around 6:00 am (0500 GMT) in the night­life area around Leicester Square, it said.

The busy area is less than a mile from where the queen’s coffin is lying in state at parliament ahead of Monday’s state funeral.

But a Met statement said: “The incident is not being treated as terror re­lated.” The two officers re­ceived stab wounds and are being treated in hos­pital, with further updates on their condition await­ed, the statement said.

The force said “enqui­ries into the circumstanc­es surrounding the inci­dent are ongoing”.

The UK’s first state fu­neral in nearly six de­cades is set to be attend­ed by leaders and royalty from around the world, including US President Joe Biden.

Thousands of police from across the country have been deployed to London, while 1,500 army person­nel are on standby to help manage crowds and secu­rity, as tens of thousands of people queue to file past the late monarch’s coffin.

It has been lying in state in parliament’s West­minster Hall since late Wednesday, where it will remain until early Monday.

London mayor Sadiq Khan called the attack on the officers “utterly appall­ing”. “These brave officers were doing their duty and assisting the public at this momentous time for our country,” he said, adding “we owe them a huge debt of gratitude”. Khan add­ed he was in close contact with the Met’s new Com­missioner Mark Rowley, who only took up the post on Monday.