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.


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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.

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