Knife attacker slashes man in London metro ‘terror incident’

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By James Davey

LONDON A man wielding a knife slashed a man in an east London metro station on Saturday, reportedly screaming “this is for Syria”, before police employed a stun gun to detain him in what they described as a terrorist incident.

A pool of blood near the ticket barriers at the Leytonstone Underground station, about 6 miles (10 km) east of central London, was visible in footage posted on Twitter that also showed the suspect confronting officers at just after 1900 GMT.

Police mentioned initial reports indicated the man had also threatened other bystanders. A single man had critical knife injuries that have been not believed to be life-threatening and two other individuals had minor injuries, police said.

“We are treating this as a terrorist incident,” Richard Walton, who leads the Counter Terrorism Command at London’s Metropolitan Police, mentioned in a statement.

An eyewitness quoted by British newspapers such as The Guardian said the knifeman had appeared to claim that he was retaliating for Western attacks on Islamist militants in Syria.

Police declined to comment on those reports and it was not instantly attainable to independently verify them.

The Leytonstone incident will draw parallels with the Could 2013 murder of British army soldier Lee Rigby, who was hacked to death just south of the Thames River by two Muslim converts.

Britain is on its second-highest alert level of “extreme”, meaning a militant attack is regarded highly likely, primarily due to the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq who are encouraging supporters to attack the West.

Right after Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the attacks on Paris last month that killed 130 individuals, British Prime Minister David Cameron won approval from lawmakers on Wednesday to bomb the Islamist group in Syria.

British warplanes initial bombed oil fields controlled by Islamic State on Thursday.

THREAT TO BRITAIN?

Cameron said strikes would not boost the probabilities of an attack on Britain as militants already viewed Britain as a prime target with seven plots foiled over the past year.

An eyewitness to the knife attack was quoted as saying the attacker had screamed about Syria.

“I just saw a lot of individuals operating but I ignored it and kept walking to get my train, but all of a sudden what I saw I couldn’t think my eyes and what I saw was a guy with a knife,” the Guardian quoted an eyewitness as saying.

“As he was coming out this is what he mentioned: ‘This is what happens when you f*** with mother Syria, all of your blood will be spilled.'”

Such apparently random attacks are really challenging to thwart simply because they demand fairly small arranging and very simple gear.

In 2013, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale ran over Fusilier Rigby close to Woolwich Barracks before setting upon him with knives and a meat cleaver in an try to behead him.

They asked bystanders to film them with bloodied hands, calmly justifying their actions as a response to Britain’s foreign policy. They have been jailed for life last year.

British safety services say about two thirds of their time is spent countering international militants, significantly of that connected to Syria.

Britain suffered by far its worst militant Islamist attack in July, 2005, when 52 people have been killed by suicide bombs on underground trains and a bus.

A beach attack in Tunisia in June this year that killed 30 British holidaymakers was the greatest loss of British lives in such an incident given that the July 2005 London bombings.

Islamic State said on Saturday that the married couple who killed 14 men and women in a mass shooting in California, which U.S. authorities are investigating as an act of terrorism, had been followers of the militant group.

(Editing by Guy Faulconbridge and Chizu Nomiyama)

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