A stabbing at a London Underground station is being treated as “terrorist incident,” the London police said Saturday.
The London police counterterror command said in a statement that it is investigating the incident at Leytonstone Underground station in east London in which a man was threatening people with a knife at around 7 p.m.
Police said one man sustained serious knife injuries but that they were not expected to be life-threatening. Two others suffered minor injuries.
A suspect was under arrest. A stun gun was used to subdue him, police said.
“We are treating this as a terrorist incident,” said Commander Richard Walton, head of the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command. “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.”
The authorities did not say why they believe the incident was terror-related.
Police asked witnesses, especially those who have photos of videos of the incident, to contact them.
The stabbing comes only days after Britain’s Parliament gave overwhelming approval to authorizing the military to conduct airstrikes on Islamic State 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.
Has anyone figured out we (the world) are under attack?
Daniel Andrew, the officer who was seen punching a mentally ill woman on a California highway in July 2014, will not face charges for the incident.
According to The LA Times, prosecutors declined to press criminal charges after reviewing video and witness statements from the incident. Officials summarized Andrew, a California Highway Patrol officer, was preventing Marlene Pinnock from walking onto the 10 freeway for her own safety.
Because Andrew was alone on the evening of the incident, he was left to use required force to restrain Pinnock from harming herself, District Attorney Jackie Lacey explained in a statement.
The LA Times reports:
“When looking at all of the evidence, and especially the medical reports and eyewitness accounts, it becomes exceedingly clear that the officer, who was alone and struggling with Ms. Pinnock precariously close to evening freeway traffic, acted within the law,” Lacey said.
“In our analysis, his use of force was legal and necessary to protect not only his own life but also that of Ms. Pinnock.”
Video of the disturbing incident was released seven days later by a driver, quickly going viral.
Medical records showed Pinnock didn’t have any bruises or internal bleeding from the incident.
The LA Times reports:
One of the witnesses is quoted in the report saying, “at a point I agreed with what the cop did … you know, he had to get her. He had to apprehend her. He had to throw her on the floor. The part where it gets deceptive is when he starts punching. That’s when it felt like that it was unnecessary … after the first two, it was, it was, he should have stopped.”
In September, Pinnock was awarded a $1.5 million settlement in an excessive force suit in exchange for the officer’s job.
Andrew’s last day was Tuesday.
Obama White House:
Terrorists Will Stop Attacking If We Pass Gun Control Laws