LONDON The stabbing of a man in the London metro in what police described as a terrorist attack provoked a defiant riposte from a bystander that has struck a chord in Britain: “You ain’t no Muslim, bruv”.
The 29-year-old assailant shouted “This is for Syria” as he attacked a 56-year-old man and threatened others just before being detained by police who employed a stun gun, witnesses said.
Video footage posted on Twitter showed police officers closing in on the knife-wielding man and at some point pinning him down soon after the attack, in which two folks were wounded at the Leytonstone underground station.
An onlooker standing close to a pool of blood shouted the colloquial phrase that has swiftly turn out to be a common Twitter hashtag #YouAintNoMuslimBruv and is intended to deny that such an attack could have anything to do with Islam.
Some Twitter customers quoted Islamic scripture to contradict militant Islamists who try to use Islam to justify attacks on unarmed civilians and to recruit followers in the West and Middle East.
“#YouAintNoMuslimBruv, just yet another psychopath attempting to use religion as an excuse to justify your barbaric actions!!” stated one Twitter user, Natasha.
British warplanes joined air strikes against Islamic State in Syria for the initial time on Thursday, a few hours following parliament gave its approval.
Prime Minister David Cameron has mentioned the air strikes will not boost the likelihood of an attack on Britain, which he says militants currently view as a leading target, with seven plots foiled over the previous year.
Britain is on its second-highest security alert level of “serious”, which means a militant attack is regarded highly probably, although not imminent. This is primarily since of the threat posed by Islamic State.
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, Editing by Timothy Heritage)