Amateur video captures the moment when police arrested a knife attacker at an east London metro station.
LEYTONSTONE UNDERGROUND STATION, LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (DECEMBER 5, 2015) (SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE) – A knife attacker slashed a man at an east London metro station on Saturday (December 5), reportedly screaming “this is for Syria”, in what police described as a terrorist incident, prompting a senior minister to urge Britons on Sunday (December 6) not to be intimidated by the attack.
A pool of blood near the ticket barriers at the Leytonstone Underground station, about six miles (10 km) east of central London, could be seen in footage posted on Twitter that also showed the suspect confronting police on Saturday evening.
Amateur video posted on the internet appeared to show the attacker confronting the police, who tasered and arrested him inside the station.
A male voice on the video could be heard shouting to the attacker saying: “You ain’t no Muslim, bruv.”
The hashtag #YouAintNoMuslimBruv later trended on Twitter as users used it to show their opinion of the attacker.
Police said the man, believed to be aged 29, had also threatened other bystanders. One man, thought to be 56 years old, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries and was in a stable condition at a London hospital. A second victim suffered minor injuries.
“I am treating this as a terrorist incident,” Richard Walton, who leads the Counter Terrorism Command at London’s Metropolitan Police, said in a statement. The man was arrested after police used a Taser to subdue him.
Detectives were searching a residential address in east London, police said on Sunday.
An eyewitness quoted by The Guardian and other British newspapers said the attacker appeared to claim that he was retaliating for Western air strikes on Islamist militants in Syria. Police declined to comment on those reports and it was not immediately possible to verify them independently.
British war planes joined the strikes for the first time on Thursday, a few hours after Prime Minister David Cameron won parliamentary approval to bomb the Islamist State group in Syria after the group claimed responsibility for the attacks on Paris last month that killed 130 people.
In an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad mocked Cameron’s strategy in the region, saying it would make the situation worse, not better.