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Just days after the San Bernardino shootings, train travelers in London were witness to a savage attack when a man slashed a commuter’s throat with a machete, reportedly shouting the words “This is for Syria,” according to reports emerging in the British media.
The attack took place at London’s Leytonstone train station Saturday evening when a machete-wielding man slashed another man’s throat, before going on to threaten others with a knife. Witnesses to the gruesome incident said the police arrived at the scene a few minutes later and tasered the suspect.
Police confirmed they were investigating the incident as a “terrorist attack.”
In the aftermath of the attack, a pool of blood could be seen splattered around the ticket barriers at London’s underground train station, photos and videos of which have since found their way to social media.
According to KATM, one man suffered serious injuries as a result of the attack, and was taken to a nearby hospital. A spokeswoman from London Ambulance Service said the man was being treated for stab wounds. There was no further information available about the condition of the victim.
“We treated a man for stab wounds. He was taken as a priority to hospital escorted by the doctor from London’s Air Ambulance,” she said.
The following video, uploaded a few hours after the attack, shows the suspect being confronted by police officers. Warning: The video contains disturbing images.
Witnesses said two other commuters were also injured — most likely from the furor that erupted at London’s train station following the attack — but police have yet to confirm those reports.
Another disturbing video shot by a witness shows the suspect being tasered as one of the onlookers says the words, “You ain’t no Muslim.”
A member of the Met Police later confirmed that the suspect remains in custody as police try and figure out a motive behind the gruesome attack.
“Police were called at 19:06 hrs 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 19:14 hrs and taken to an east London police station where he remains in custody,” he said.
Head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, Commander Richard Walton, confirmed that the police are treating the incident as a case of a “terrorist attack,” according to Metro. He refused to comment on whether the reports about the suspect shouting the words “This is for Syria” before the attack were accurate.
He also said that Londoners should stay vigilant following the unprovoked attack, pointing out that the chances of a terrorist attack on London are highly likely.
“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.”
Speaking to the Guardian, one witness recounted the horrific incident.
“So as I was going to Leytonstone station was dressed to go to Christmas dinner with people from work. As I walked down I just saw a lot of people running but I ignored it and kept walking to get my train, but suddenly what I saw I couldn’t believe my eyes and what I saw was a guy with a knife and a dead guy on the floor. I was so scared I ran for my life. After good 10-15 police came and got the guy and arrested him. And as he was coming out this is what he said: ‘This is what happens when you f*** with mother Syria all of your blood will be spilled.'”
It is not yet clear if the witness’ description of the “dead guy” on the floor is accurate, considering police did not confirm any casualties. It is possible the witness thought the victim dead when he was only unconscious.
Police have refused to comment any further on the stabbing at London’s Leytonstone train station at this early stage.
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