London: Attacker shouts “this is for Syria” as man has throat slashed at Leytonstone tube station

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Attacker is confronted by police after man is stabbed, he is then tasered (Image Breaking News)

In what may be the first violent response to the government launching airstrikes over Syria against Islamic State, a man was tasered by police who were called to a stabbing incident at Leytonstone tube station in London at around 7pm on Saturday evening.

Breaking News tweeted,

Met police confirm, Muslim attacker shouted “This is for syria” as he slashed the throat of a fellow passenger

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Man collapse to the ground after being stabbed (Image via Daily Mail)

@BigTobzf posted a graphic video on Twitter which showed a large pool of blood by a turnstyle in the underground. A policeman can be seen across the station facing a male, and the words, “he stabbed someone” are audible on the video. A voice is later heard urging police to “taser him” several times adding “it didn’t work” as members of the public watch the drama unfold. There are shouts at the man to “get down”. An elderly gentleman wearing a cap and holding a carrier bag wanders towards the alleged attacker then realizing something is amiss turns back in the direction from which he came.

Footage can be viewed on Evening Standard link here (GRAPHIC) 

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/leytonstone-stabbing-man-arrested-after-reports-of-knife-attack-outside-tube-station-a3130796.html

and posted here on YouTube by Mr Beard

and Your Daily News

A man can be heard urging the attacker to “drop the knife”. Another clip from Breaking News shows police holding a man on the ground (police confirmed a taster was used) the crowd is instructed to get back. A voice can be heard from a bystander seemingly directed at the attacker saying, “you’re no Muslim bruv, you ain’t no Muslim”.

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Leytonstone station is cordoned off after the incident (Image, Twitter)

The Evening Standard stated, “Officers from British Transport Police are now dealing with the incident at the scene. We are aware of one man having sustained serious stab injuries. We await details of any other injuries.” A man was later detained in custody at an east London police station.

The Guardian quoted, Commander Richard Walton, who leads the Met’s counter-terrorism command who 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.” Witnesses to the incident were asked to come forward including anyone that had taken videos and photographed the attack.

An anti-terror hotline number was given by police…  0800 789 321.

Comments on Twitter

Leytonstone TV,

No further service today, from , after a Terrorist Incident at

Russel Goldstein,

Central line has turned into a UFC ring! Everyone fighting to get of the train! Madness with the stabbing at Leytonstone!

Jeremy Corbyn MP,

The stabbing in Leytonstone is absolutely shocking. My thoughts are with the victim and his family.

Will Black, author of “Psychopathic Cultures and Toxic Empires” tweeted,

NRA types using Leytonstone attack to push pro-gun crap:

1) UK cops DO have guns – but not so trigger happy

2) What if attacker had guns?

Elmo tweeted,

‘This is for Syria ‘terrorist incident’ this is what you wanted@hilarybennmp and the rest of you war mongers

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”.

About Carol Anne Grayson

Blogging for Humanity.... Campaigner/researcher global health/human rights/drones/WOT/insurgency http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/PO/experts/Health_and_Wellbeing.aspx Exec Producer of Oscar nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad, currently filming on drones.
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