A man stabbed three people at Leytonstone tube station before reportedly saying that “this is for Syria”.
Words: Mariya Savova
A man remains in custody after a stabbing at Leytonstone tube station. The incident happened shortly after 7pm on 5 December. One man suffered serious, but not life threatening, knife wounds, while two other people sustained minor injuries in Saturday night’s attack, The Guardian reported.
Police officers had to taser the suspect who, according to reports, said the assault was in response to Britain’s airstrikes in Syria, which Parliament approved on Wednesday. The attacker is believed to have been working alone but police are still investigating the details around the incident.
Commander Richard Walton, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, 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.”
Videos and graphic images posted on Twitter captured the aftermath of the stabbing. A witness told LBC radio he saw a victim with a “deep laceration to his throat bleeding profusely”. However, Scotland Yard has neither confirmed nor denied that a victim’s throat was slashed.
“[The attacker] was screaming this is all for the Syrian people,” the eyewitness added. “It was quite shocking. Everyone was extremely scared and afraid.”
Leytonstone Stabbing Part 3 pic.twitter.com/fwurJ4Kta4
— Sensational (@LowkeyMo_) December 5, 2015
In the above video, captured by a bystander and shared on social media, an onlooker can be heard shouting “you ain’t no muslim, bruv” to the attacker as he is brought to the floor by policemen.
The phrase was immediately picked up by social media users who responded brilliantly to the violent incident. Britons sent the hashtag #YouAintNoMuslimBruv trending and condemned the attack.
Here are some of the most popular Twitter responses:
"You're not a Muslim, bruv. You're an embarrassment." Passerby gets the last ten years down in a sentence. #YouAintNoMuslimBruv
— Matt Kelly (@mk1969) December 6, 2015
#YouAintNoMuslimBruv This is my favourite hashtag this year. Time to stand together & not blame a whole religion for the actions of a few.
— FitJam (@FitJamApp) December 6, 2015
— Matthew Harper (@harper_matthew) December 5, 2015
#YouAintNoMuslimBruv – the power of language. One sentence pushes away extremists and unites everyone else. This is our stance now. Great.
— Dr Craig Morris (@1CraigMorris) December 6, 2015
To the eyewitness who shouted #YouAintNoMuslimBruv, he spoke for millions of British voices and got the point across directly in 1 moment.
— Mo Farooq (@MoFarooq9) December 6, 2015