Last night, a man reportedly launched a horrific attack with a machete in a London train station. Witnesses say the man screamed ‘this is for Syria’ before slashing another man’s throat in Leytonstone train station in east London.
It wasn’t long before horrific photos and video footage streamed onto social media from the east London tube station.
The footage begins by the splash of blood on the floor, and then proceeds to showing police trying to quickly subdue the man at the scene, as bloody footprints can be seen all around the station.
The stabbing left three people injured – one of them in a serious condition – and is now being treated as a terrorist incident, the Metropolitan Police (Met) have confirmed.
Amid all the fear, one of the videos – uploaded by Yusuf – basically summed up exactly why many love London and British police compared to those in other countries like US, for example.
In the footage, when police officers are arresting the attacker, a man behind the camera (one of the witnesses) – a Muslim east Londoner – shouts loudly at the knifeman: “You ain’t no Muslim bruv! You ain’t no Muslim!”
Soon #YouAintNoMuslimBruv was trending on Twitter, with people showing their support for the victims and their stance against Islamophobia all in one go.
“#YouAintNoMuslimBruv pretty hard to terrorise a city which tells a knife wielding attacker to calm the f down #welldoneLondon”, @OfNoFixtAddress said.
@elliesadcherry wrote “#YouAintNoMuslimBruv such a British response”.
Whilst @LovelyShoes implored for a new stance to end terrorism saying, “Can we make #YouAintNoMuslimBruv the new battle cry against terrorism? No guns, no bombs, no threats. Just those five words. #Leytonstone”.
Amongst many others, one user praised how British police act with suspects, in contrast to those seen from the US – think Eric Garner.
@TinuolaVictoria tweeted, “Love how our Brit policemen are actually tactically TRAINED to takedown crims w/o [sic] escalating the violence #Leytonstone #YouAintNoMuslimBruv”.
Head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, Commander Richard Walton, 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”.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted, “The stabbing in Leytonstone is absolutely shocking. My thoughts are with the victim and his family”.