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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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Man Accused in Christchurch Mosque Shootings Charged with Terrorism

The single charge filed Tuesday against Australian Brenton Tarrant is the first of its kind

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Brenton Tarrant, charged for murder in relation to the mosque attacks, is lead into the dock for his appearance in the Christchurch District Court, New Zealand, March 16, 2019. (Suspect's face blurred at source) VOA

Authorities in New Zealand have charged the self-avowed white supremacist who killed 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques back in March with terrorism.

The single charge filed Tuesday against Australian Brenton Tarrant is the first of its kind under New Zealand’s Terrorism Suppression Act, which was passed in 2002 in the wake of the al-Qaida-led terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. the previous year. Prosecutors have also charged him with an additional count of murder over a worshipper who died in the hospital earlier this month, along with two additional counts of attempted murder, bringing that number to 40.

Up to 200 family members of the victims and survivors of the attack were informed of the new charges at a private meeting with police.

The 28-year-old Tarrant live-streamed the March 15 shootings at the al-Noor and Linwood mosques on Facebook from a head-mounted camera.

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Authorities in New Zealand have charged the self-avowed white supremacist who killed 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques. Flickr

He is currently being held at a maximum security prison where he was ordered to undergo psychiatric tests to determine if he is mentally fit to stand trial. His next court date is June 14.

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The 28-year-old Tarrant e-mailed a lengthy white nationalist manifesto to more than 30 recipients just minutes before the attacks – including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern – in which he allegedly denounced Muslims and called immigrants “invaders.” (VOA)