A man wielding a machete and yelling, “this is for Syria!” slashed a man’s throat at a London tube station, Saturday night.
According to reports, the unknown assailant stabbed the victim in the ticket hall at Leytonstone station. A witness said the attacker shouted “This is for Syria” as he repeatedly slashed at the man’s throat.
A Twitter user posted video obtained by The Evening Standard following the aftermath, which shows a pool of blood and the suspect being shot with a taser gun by police.
Leytonstone Station. The stabbing incident. This is crazy. pic.twitter.com/9wAUpGTa6K
— Diego Dan$o™ (@OhYeahGuy) December 5, 2015
Police would later say the attack was being investigated as a “terrorist incident”.
“Police were called at 7:06 p.m. [local time]… the male suspect was reportedly threatening other people with a knife,” a spokesman for Scotland Yard, London’s regional police force, told Sky News.
The suspect reportedly began attacking exiting commuters in the Leytonstone station’s main entrance area when the victim was struck.
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) December 5, 2015
“We are treating this as a terrorist incident. I would urge the public to remain calm, but alert and vigilant,” Commander Richard Walton, leader of the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, said.
Featured image via Twitter