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.
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.