Tuesday, June 22News For London

Man charged with attempted murder after Tube station knife attack


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A man has appeared in court charged with the attempted murder of a 56-year-old man at Leytonstone Underground station on Saturday evening.

Muhaydin Mire, 29, of Sansom Road, Leytonstone is allegedly accused of attacking a man on the Tube.

The victim was attacked around 7.15 pm on Saturday and underwent five hours of surgery following what prosecutors has described as a “terrorist incident”.

It has been reported that a second man received minor injuries in the attack and a woman was threatened but unhurt.

Mire is remanded in custody pending a hearing this Friday at the Old Bailey.

British Transport Police said that extra officers have been deployed today.

“They involve both uniformed and plain-clothed officers, supported by other resources, such as armed officers, police dogs, a network of CCTV cameras, and the thousands of rail staff we work alongside”, said Assistant Chief Constable Mark Newton.

The incident took place just four days after MPs voted in favour of extending air strikes in Syria to defeat Islamic State in a 10-hour debate un the House of Commons.