A 29-year-old man charged with attempted murder following a knife attack in London’s east that police described as a terrorist incident has been remanded in custody.
- Man, 29, charged more than London underground stabbing remanded in custody
- Police described the attack at Leytonstone station as a terrorist incident
- Accused will seem at the Old Bailey on Friday
Wearing a grey T-shirt and grey tracksuit bottoms, Muhaydin Mire of east London spoke only to confirm his name, age and address at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
One particular man, 56, suffered critical but not life-threatening injuries in the attack at Leytonstone underground station, about 10 kilometres east of central London, even though a second individual suffered minor injuries.
Eyewitnesses said the attacker had reportedly shouted out “this is for Syria”.
Prosecutor David Cawthorne stated the attack occurred on Saturday evening (local time) as the victim walked through the station.
“It was a violent, sustained and unprovoked attack during which the victim was punched, knocked to the ground and repeatedly kicked on the ground,” he stated.
The victim suffered a 12-centimetre wound to his neck and was in surgery for five hours, he stated.
Mire was remanded in custody to seem at London’s central criminal court, the Old Bailey, on Friday.
Britain is on its second-highest safety alert level of “extreme”, meaning a militant attack is deemed extremely likely, though not imminent, primarily since of the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.
British safety forces have thwarted seven terrorism plots in the previous year, authorities mentioned.
Final week, British war planes joined air strikes for the first time against IS fighters in Syria.
After the attacks claimed by Islamic State militants in Paris on November 13, which killed 130 men and women, police in London said they had boosted the quantity of armed officers in a position to respond to any incidents.
Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock from the British Transport Police mentioned the number of firearms teams had doubled in the last year and they had boosted the quantity of officers and patrols across the London underground network in response to Saturday’s stabbing.
“We function very closely with all our intelligence partners and if we do have any indication there is probably to be anything important we intervene,” he told BBC radio.
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