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LONDON (ChurchMilitant.com) - A London Muslim has been charged with attempted murder after he repeatedly stabbed a man and slit his throat in a London subway station.
Muhaydin Mire, 29, was detained by police after he attacked a 56-year-old subway passenger in London's Leytonstone station Saturday night, stabbing him several times and slashing his neck while reportedly yelling "This is for Syria!"
After Mire had left his victim in a pool of blood, he was approached by a passerby who attempted to disarm him. The man, 33-year-old David Pethers, was himself slashed with the weapon before authorities arrived.
Police were confronted by the attacker, who threatened them with the weapon, which witnesses have described as a "long knife," appearing to be a machete. Authorities were able to subdue the suspect after tasing him several times and placed him under arrest.
One witness relayed hearing the suspect shout as he was escorted away by police, "This is what happens when you f*** with mother Syria. ... [A]ll of your blood will be spilled!" to which bystanders retorted, "You're not Muslim."
A station shopkeeper described the entire ordeal as "terrifying" and recalled seeing the suspect "punching [the victim] so hard and when they fall on the floor he started kicking him" before "stabbing or cutting" the victim.
The victim, an "elderly man," according to witnesses, was "taken as a priority to hospital escorted by the doctor from London's Air Ambulance" in serious condition, paramedics reported. The man sustained a 12-cm slice to the throat and was in surgery for five hours. Reports indicate he is currently in stable condition.
"We are treating this as a terrorist incident. I would urge the public to remain calm, but alert and vigilant," says Commander Richard Walton of the London Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command. "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 7 p.m. who saw anything suspicious to call the anti-terror hotline on 0800 789 321," he continued. "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."
According to Detective Superintendent Jacqueline Sebire, the attack "highlights the risks taken by our officers on a daily basis. When they are called to incidents such as these, they enter, not knowing what awaits them."
She emphasized that police will "continue to provide a visible presence in the area if anyone wishes to ask for advice about personal safety" and will "remain in contact with community groups and local partners."
Suspect Muhaydin Mire appeared in Westminster Magistrates' Court this morning, where he was charged with attempted murder.
A similar situation took place today in a store in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, in which a 36-year-old man stormed into the establishment and stabbed a man to death.
Police arrived on the scene at 11:22 a.m. after receiving reports that a man had rushed into British variety store Poundland, grabbed several knives from their display cases, and proceeded to kill one man and injure another.
The suspect was chased from the premises by several bystanders, where he was picked up by authorities and taken into custody.
Currently there is no indication that the Poundland incident is linked to Saturday's subway stabbing.