Sunday, 6 December 2015

UK: Police Treating Subway Stabbing As Terrorist Incident




The man shouted “This is for Syria” as he launched a knife attack on three people at a London underground station in what police have described as a terrorist incident. 

The Metropolitan police’s counter-terrorism command is investigating the stabbing in Leytonstone, in which witnesses claimed the attacker said “blood will be spilled”.
A man believed to be aged 56 suffered knife wounds that were serious but not believed to be life-threatening, while two other people sustained minor injuries in Saturday’s attack. 

Police officers Tasered a suspect who, as he was led away, said the attack was in response to intervention in Syria. 

It took just under eight minutes for an officer armed with a Taser to reach the scene. An armed response vehicle was also sent to the underground station, but firearms officers were not needed.

Videos of the scene at about 7pm on Saturday show passengers, some with children, running away as a man lies in a pool of blood. Police said the victim had serious knife injuries but they were not life-threatening. Two other people received minor injuries.

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Scotland Yard would not confirm or deny reports that the attacker had cut the throat of one of his victims. One witness, who did not give his name, told LBC radio he saw a victim with a “deep laceration to his throat bleeding profusely”. 

Another victim suffered a stab wound to the underside to his chin, he said.
"[The attacker] was screaming this is what happens when you f*** with mother Syria all of your blood will be spilled." the eyewitness said. “It was quite shocking. Everyone was extremely scared and afraid.”

Salim, the owner of a shop in the station, said the attacker punched a victim to the ground before using his knife. 
“The victim was shouting somebody help, somebody help and the tall man was punching him so hard,” he told LBC. “
When he fell on the floor he started kicking him and then I called the police. When he started stabbing or cutting something on his body everybody ran away ... It was scary.”
In one video, the attacker is shown confronting several people in a station corridor. 
One was filming him at a distance of a few metres on his mobile phone. 
Another approached the attacker but was struck high up on his body, and an onlooker said “he stabbed someone”.
A nearby police officer then drew what appears to be a Taser gun from his belt and took aim at the attacker. 
“Taser him, Taser him, Taser him,” said one bystander. The officer fired but it appeared to have little effect and the attacker advanced again.

Other members of the public, including an elderly man, can be seen watching yards behind the attacker’s back.

Officers then fired a Taser at the suspect again, which sent him crashing to the floor. While the suspect was on the ground after being detained by police, he shouts words that lead one person to reply: “You ain’t no Muslim, bruv,” (Brother) according to a video posted on social media.

Witness Michael Garcia, 24, a financial analyst from Leytonstone, told the BBC he was walking along an underground passage that runs through the station when he saw people running outside.

“I realised it wasn’t a fight but something more sinister,” he said. He then saw “a guy, an adult, lying on the floor with a guy standing next to him brandishing a knife of about three inches ... maybe a hobby knife. It had a thin blade, but looked fairly long. He was screaming ‘Go on, then, run’ to everyone else. 
He was pacing back and forth next to the guy on the floor. 
He came up to the barriers.”
One of the police officers detaining him also appeared to be Muslim. 
Videos show some people in the tube station hurrying away when they realise a knife attacker is on the loose, while others take out phones and make video recordings and take photos. 


Cdr Richard Walton, who leads 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.

At last but not least we all know what sort of religious Terror we need tone aware of. Its just sad that the media has gone so far as to protect the attackers rather than to prioritise our safety.

Ergo: Politically correct is also politically dangerous.