Photos emerge of alleged London tube attacker

A man accused of a terror attack at a London Underground station has been remanded in custody as the first pictures of him emerge.

Muhaydin Mire, a 29-year-old from east London, is accused of attempting to murder a 56-year-old man at Leytonstone station on Saturday night.

During a brief appearance at a central London court, Mire only spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and address.


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Mire was remanded in custody until Friday when he will appear at the Old Bailey in London, which is the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales.

Prosecutors allege Mire punched his victim to the ground and repeatedly kicked him before taking hold of the victim’s head and cutting a 12-centimetre wound in his neck.

The victim, referred to in court as Male A, was in surgery for five hours after the attack, the prosecution said.

Prosecutors also allege that images and flags associated with the Islamic State jihadist group were found on Mire’s mobile phone.

Police have increased patrols at transport hubs following the incident at Leytonstone station, a suburban stop on the Central Line and one of London Underground’s busiest.

Britain’s official national threat level from international terrorism was raised in August 2014 to severe, the second highest of five levels, meaning an attack is considered highly likely.

Speaking at Burton in central England, British Prime Minister David Cameron voiced his thanks for a bystander in Leytonstone station who shouted a phrase at the suspect that later went viral on social media.

“Some of us have dedicated speeches and media appearances and soundbites and everything to this subject, but ‘you ain’t no Muslim, bruv’ said it all much better than I could have done,” Cameron said.

 

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