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‘This is for Syria’: Man stabs three at London subway station

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London: A man was arrested after he stabbed three people at an east London subway station Saturday evening while screaming “this is for Syria”. The attack at Leytonstone station left a passenger seriously wounded while two others received minor injuries.

Scotland Yard said they were treating the attack as “a terrorist incident”, The Telegraph reported.

Since the murder of fusilier Lee Rigby on May 22, 2013, this is reportedly the first terrorist attack on British soil.

This comes as French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron have pledged to further cement cooperation to fight ISIS in Syria. Britain has also stepped up attacks on ISIS in Syria, doubling their warplanes.

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At around 7 pm (local time) the police help was sought after a stabbing was reported in the ticket tall of the station.

A video shows the assailant appearing to attack a man as police arrived on the scene carrying Tasers.

In the video, the attacker could be heard shouting “this is for Syria” while the police Officers could be heard telling him to “drop it, drop it you fool” before Tasering him.

Even as the man carried out the attack, the panicked and shocked passengers fled the scene. The attacker was eventually tasered and overpowered by the police.

“He was tall and black, wearing a black jacket and a headscarf. It looked like he was attacking people at random, ” an eyewitness 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,” Commander Richard Walton, the head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command said.

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Tweeple Urge Twitter to Ban White Racists, Tackle Terrorism

Earlier in March, Facebook also said it would bar white nationalist and white separatist content from its platform

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After 22 people were killed in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, civil rights activists in the US have urged micro-blogging site Twitter to ban white supremacists from its platform to curb terrorism.

The demands come after it was brought to light that the gunman in the El Paso shooting posted a hate-filled, anti-immigrant manifesto on online message board website “8chan”, the screenshot of which went viral on major social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

People believe that while smaller platforms like “8chan” might be the places to promote white supremacist ideas, it is Twitter where these ideas become mainstream.

“22 people in El Paso were killed when a white supremacist said he wanted to kill as many Mexicans as possible, Twitter, you need to take an action. This cannot be promoted on a mass platform,” a tweet read.

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“Twitter’s user-base clearly wants them to ban 8chan. It’s a cesspool of hate that incubates white supremacist mass murderers and facilitates child pornography trafficking to boot. Why is 8chan verified? Why is Twitter not taking action on white supremacists post,” another tweet said.

US President Donald Trump also took to his Twitter handle and urged social media companies to “develop tools to detect mass shooters before they strike.”

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Previously, Twitter’s senior policy strategist, during a recent Congressional hearing said that the company took action against 184 groups that violated the company’s policy on violent extremism.

Earlier in March, Facebook also said it would bar white nationalist and white separatist content from its platform. (IANS)