Machete-wielding attacker yells ‘This is for Syria!’ and slashes man’s throat in London subway station

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.

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.

“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

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