Knifeman screams ‘this is for Syria’ in Leytonstone tube ‘machete’ attack


Tube station ‘machete’ attack sees up to three injured as reports say a man was Tasered after slashing someone’s throat, police are treating it as a terrorist incident
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A knifeman launched a terrorist attack on the London Underground last night, seriously injuring one man and wounding two other people, as he screamed “this is for Syria”.
Scotland Yard declared they were treating the attack at Leytonstone station, east London, as “a terrorist incident”.
This is the first terrorist attack on British soil since the murder of fusilier Lee Rigby on May 22, 2013.
Police were called to the station after reports of a stabbing in the ticket hall on Saturday at around 7pm.
The incident began at 7.06pm with reports of a stabbing, it is believed the assailant then went through the exit gate and there is footage of him appearing to threatening other people with a knife.
Dramatic mobile phone footage showed him appearing to attack a man as police arrived on the scene carrying Tasers.
Officers can be heard telling him to “drop it, drop it you fool” before Tasering him.
Panicked passengers, including some young families with children, fled the station as police appeared to kick a weapon from his hand as he lay on the floor of the ticket hall.
The man was arrested at 7.14pm and taken to a police station for questioning by Scotland Yard’s anti-terrorism detectives.
The Metropolitan Police said one man suffered “serious knife injuries” but was not thought to be in a life threatening condition.

Two other victims received “minor injuries” in the attack.
Commander Richard Walton, the head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “We are treating this as a terrorist incident.
“I would urge the public to remain calm, but alert and vigilant. The threat from terrorism remains at severe, which means that a terrorist attack is highly likely.”

Police have appealed to witnesses who had been recording the attack as it happened on their mobile phones to pass the footage on to them urgently via the anti-terror hotline.
Detectives were believed to be investigating reports that the attacker declared that he was acting in response to the war in Syria.
The attack came just days after Britain launched its first air strikes against terrorist targets inside Syria.
A fresh wave of RAF strikes hit a key oil field held by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant inside Syria yesterday.
One video apparently of the incident, which was posted on Twitter, shows a large pool of blood spattered across the ticket hall.
It then shows the attacker approach and gesticulate at two people in the station.
As they approach him he lashes out with his knife and appears to slash one of them in the neck area, it is reported.
Moments later a uniformed police officer arrives on the scene and fires his Taser at the man.
Ambulance crews received the called at 7.09pm and rushed to the scene to attend the injured.
In another video of the incident posted online, the man is pinned down on the floor by two police officers as another man can be heard shouting out to him: “You aint no Muslim bruv.”

A Met Police spokesman said: “Police were called at 19:06hrs on Saturday, 5 December, to reports of a stabbing at Leytonstone underground station. The male suspect was reportedly threatening other people with a knife.
“Met officers attended the scene. A man was arrested at 19:14hrs and taken to an east London police station where he remains in custody.
“A Taser was discharged by one of the Met officers

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2 thoughts on “Knifeman screams ‘this is for Syria’ in Leytonstone tube ‘machete’ attack”

  1. 60 years ago I would travel to Leytonstone to see relatives, this crime would have seen as unimaginable then? how ever authority was not under question then? now all and every thing is, we did not question authority then because of fear? one can only see in Britain as elsewhere a growing terrorist culture, to those who have any idea of history will know the first world came from terrorism, their is a answer to this but millions or billions will lose their lives before this comes to be? many will be innocent and most will be, can you guess what I mean?

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