Man charged after London Underground terror attack

British authorities have charged a man with attempted murder after he stormed the London Underground and attacked people with a large knife.

The 29-year-old man allegedly screamed “this is for Syria” before slashing a man’s throat and attacking one other person at an East London tube station, with police treating it as a “terrorist incident”.

He is also accused of threatening others with the knife at the Leytonstone Underground station about 7pm Saturday local time.


Video footage shows officers surrounding the suspected attacker, with one yelling “drop the knife” before a taser is fired and the man is arrested.

The footage also shows pools of blood and bloody footprints near the ticket gates.

A bystander also shouted at the man during the arrest, saying “you ain’t no Muslim bruv”, a sentiment picked up on social media in an effort to disown the alleged attacker.

The 56-year-old victim remains in stable condition in hospital and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A second man was also injured, but did not require medical help.

“As a result of information received at the time from people who were at the scene and subsequent investigations carried out by the Counter Terrorism Command, I am treating this as a terrorist incident,” Commander Richard Walton, head of the counterterrorism force, said.

Local media quoted witnesses as saying the suspect was a tall, black man who may have had an Arabic accent.