London News: Leytonstone Tube stabbing deemed a ‘terrorist incident’

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Leytonstone Underground Station Terrorism Stabbing PA

While the news has emerged that Britain has launched a second set of air strikes against Syria, the news has broken that a stabbing at Leytonstone Underground Station this evening has been deemed a terrorist attack by the Met Police.

Leytonstone Underground Station Terrorism Stabbing PA
Image copyright PA Image caption There has been severe disruption to the Tube as a result of the attack

Police were called to reports of people being attacked at the Leytonstone station just after 19:00 GMT.

A man was arrested after being Tasered by police. One man suffered serious knife injuries while two others received minor injuries.

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter-Terrorism Command are now investigating the incident. The Met said the suspect was reportedly threatening other people with a knife.

Police said they received a call at 19:06 GMT and the man was arrested at 19:14.

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Commander Richard Walton, who leads the counter-terrorism unit, 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.

“I would appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity of Leytonstone underground station earlier this evening at around 7pm who saw anything suspicious to call the anti-terror hotline on 0800 789 321.

“Anyone who may have captured video or photographic footage of the incident is also urged to make contact with the Counter-Terrorism Command via the Anti Terror hotline”.

Sigh. Everything just gets worse and worse.

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