London 'stabber' held in custody
A MAN who reportedly screamed "This is for Syria" as he stabbed three people at the London underground train station of Leytonstone on Saturday night was held in custody yesterday.
"We are treating this as a terrorist incident," Bloomberg quoted Richard Walton, commander of Britain's counter-terrorism police unit, as saying.
"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 Walton added.
One 56-year-old man suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries in the attack, while two other people had minor injuries, Reuters reported. Amateur video showed a pool of blood and bloody footprints at the station ticket gates, reported Agence France-Presse.
Shouts are heard in the footage taken just after 7pm on Saturday, as the suspect, believed to be aged 29, is seen remonstrating with people before swinging at one of them.
The footage also shows officers shouting "Drop the knife!" and firing Taser electric stun guns, one of which connects.
An eyewitness quoted by The Guardian said the attacker appeared to claim that he was retaliating for Western attacks on Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group militants in Syria.
Leytonstone station, about 10km east of central London, was sealed off yesterday.
Suspects can be held without charge for up to 14 days if arrested under the Terrorism Act.
The incident recalls the May 2013 murder of British army soldier Lee Rigby, who was hacked to death just south of the Thames River by two Muslim converts.
Britain is on its second-highest alert level of "severe" mainly because ISIS is encouraging supporters to attack the West.
British warplanes bombed oil fields controlled by the group starting on Thursday, after ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks on Paris last month that killed 130 people. AGENCIES