Islamic terror has again struck in London, the most recent in a growing list of cities around the world that are experiencing a similar horrific attack.
By: AP and World Israel News Staff
A terrorist wielding a large knife or machete stabbed and wounded several people at a London Underground station on Saturday night, in an incident being treated as a terror attack.
The attack is being treated as “terrorist incident,” the London police said Saturday.
The London police counter-terror command said in a statement that it is investigating the incident at Leytonstone Underground station in east London in which a man attacked people with a knife. One person sustained serious injuries and two other received minor injuries.
One person was arrested. Police said a stun gun was used.
“We are treating this as a terrorist incident. I would urge the public to remain calm, but alert and vigilant,” said Commander Richard Walton, who leads the counter-terrorism unit. “The threat from terrorism remains at severe, which means that a terrorist attack is highly likely.”
Police appealed to anyone near the attack and who might have photos or video of the incident to contact police.
The stabbing comes only days after Britain’s Parliament gave overwhelming approval to authorizing the military to conduct airstrikes on Islamic State (ISIS) group targets in Syria.
Several British newspapers reported that eyewitnesses to the incident said that the man shouted “This is for Syria,” but police declined to comment on any reports.
In late October, Andrew Parker, the head of Britain’s domestic security service MI5, warned that the United Kingdom faces an unprecedented terror threat from ISIS and Al Qaeda terrorists plotting “mass casualty” attacks.
“This year we have seen strong signs of greater ambition for mass casualty attacks by ISIL,” he said.
“More than 750 people from this country have traveled to Syria to join extremist organizations and join in the fighting. The growth of the threat shows no sign of abating.”
Parker also warned of similar threats in January.