‘Terrorist’ stabbing attack at London tube station injures 3

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Three people have been injured in a stabbing attack at the Leytonstone tube station in northeast London, police say, and the attack is being treated as a terrorist incident.

It happened at about 7:06 p.m. local time on Saturday when police were called to reports of a stabbing at the Leytonstone underground station in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. One of the officers responding to the incident fired his taser at the suspect, after which he was taken into custody.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Service said three people were injured in the attack, including one man who suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect was taken to an east London police station where he remained in custody late on Saturday.

“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 Metropolitan Police Service’s Counter Terrorism Command. “The threat from terrorism remains at severe, which means that a terrorist attack is highly likely.”

Video posted to social media showed a pool of blood and a male suspect threatening several people before an officer arrived at the scene. One video showed an officer discharging his taser, but the suspect appeared unaffected and walked towards the officer, after which the video ended.

There were reports that the suspect had made references to Syria, but a police spokesman would not immediately confirm that.

Leytonstone tube station has been closed, and severe delays were being reported on the Central line.

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