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Police Step Up Patrols After London Underground Stabbing

  • Associated Press

Police officers investigate a crime scene at Leytonstone Underground station in east London, Britain, Dec. 6, 2015.

Police officers investigate a crime scene at Leytonstone Underground station in east London, Britain, Dec. 6, 2015.

Police in London are stepping up patrols at transport hubs after a stabbing at an Underground station in which a man brandishing a knife reportedly said, “This is for Syria.”

Police say 29-year-old Muhaydin Mire, 29, will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on Monday accused of attempted murder. Police increased patrols to “identify and deter terrorism” after the incident Saturday in east London.

British media distributed video shot by witnesses in which a bystander can be heard shouting at the suspect: “You ain’t no Muslim, bruv.” The phrase, using slang for “brother,” was quickly picked up by Twitter users, who turned it into a trending hashtag.

The incident comes just days after Parliament approved British airstrikes on Islamic State group targets in Syria.

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