Man Knifed in London Metro

Man Knifed in London MetroMan Knifed in London Metro

A man wielding a knife slashed a man in an east London metro station on Saturday, reportedly screaming “this is for Syria”, before police used a stun gun to detain him in what they described as a terrorist incident.

A pool of blood near the ticket barriers at the Leytonstone Underground station, about 10 km east of central London, was visible in footage posted on Twitter that also showed the suspect confronting officers at just after 7:00 p.m. GMT, Reuters reported.

Police said initial reports indicated the man had also threatened other bystanders. One man had serious knife injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening and two other people had minor injuries, police said.

“We are treating this as a terrorist incident,” Richard Walton, who leads the Counter Terrorism Command at London’s Metropolitan Police, said in a statement.

An eyewitness quoted by British newspapers such as The Guardian said the knifeman had appeared to claim that he was retaliating for western attacks on militants in Syria.

Police declined to comment on those reports and it was not immediately possible to independently verify them.

The Leytonstone incident will draw parallels with the May 2013 murder of British army soldier Lee Rigby, who was hacked to death just south of the Thames River by two Muslim converts.

Britain is on its second-highest alert level of “severe”, meaning a militant attack is considered highly likely, mainly due to the threat posed by IS militants in Syria and Iraq who are encouraging supporters to attack the West.

After IS militants claimed responsibility for the attacks on Paris last month that killed 130 people, British Prime Minister David Cameron won approval from lawmakers on Wednesday to bomb the group in Syria. British warplanes first bombed oilfields controlled by IS on Thursday.

Such apparently random attacks are extremely difficult to thwart because they require relatively little planning and very basic equipment.

British security services say about two-thirds of their time are spent countering international militants, much of that connected to Syria.

IS said on Saturday that the married couple who killed 14 people in a mass shooting in California, which US authorities are investigating as an act of terrorism, were followers of the militant group.