Stabbing in #Leytonstone, London: Man screams "this is for Syria," horror attack treated as terrorism


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A “machete-wielding” man slashed the throat of a 56-year-old at a London tube station at 19:06 GMT on Saturday, as he screamed “this is for Syria”, shocked witnesses said.

A man, 29, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and a residential address in London is being searched. The 56-year-old is believed to be in a stable condition in hospital. A second man received minor injuries in the attack and a woman was threatened but unhurt.

Police used a Taser on the suspect, who remains in police custody. The stabbing is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police Service’s counter terrorism officers.

A version that stitched together all the different cellphone footage:

British Transport Police said in the wake of the attack it had increased its patrols and visibility around stations.

More uniformed and plain clothes officers have also been deployed, supported by armed officers, CCTV cameras and police dogs, it said.

Walking through the station the mood was somewhat different to the mayhem the evening before.

Police officers were on hand answering questions from people who had heard about the attack.

Many were on edge, shocked at what had happened. Others said this kind of terror was something they almost expected. One local shopkeeper arriving into work this morning said: “I’m devastated, I don’t want to live in fear, but now I feel vulnerable”.

Local residents explained how they felt anxious about using the Tube today and considered other routes. But, they said they wanted to stand defiant against terrorism and get back to normal daily life as quickly as possible.


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