The United Kingdom’s security forces are treating an incident in which a number of people were stabbed at Leytonstone Underground station as a “terror incident”. Earlier, a man armed with a machete stabbed several people at the station before being arrested.
“We are treating this as a terrorist incident. I would urge the public to remain calm, but alert and vigilant,” said Commander Richard Walton, who leads the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, in a statement.
“The threat from terrorism remains at severe, which means that a terrorist attack is highly likely.”
According to police, a number of people were stabbed at the station by a male suspect at approximately 7:00PM.
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The man, who was arrested around 15 minutes later and taken to an east London police station, injured at least three people. One of those injured as sustained serious knife injuries while the other two suffered from minor injuries.
Video has showed the suspect being tasered by police officers. According to the Mirror, the male suspect screamed “this is for Syria” before commencing the stabbing spree.
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Meanwhile, other footage showed bystanders shouting at the suspect that he is “no Muslim”.
The stabbing comes days after the UK’s Parliament voted to commence airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq following a number of terror incidents across the globe.