London tube stabbing suspect ‘had ISIS images on phone’

A police officer patrols outside Leytonstone Underground station in east London. (Reuters)

A suspect charged with attempting to kill a man at a London Underground train station had images associated with Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants on his mobile phone, a court heard Monday.

Muhaydin Mire, 29, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court in London charged with the attempted murder of a 56-year-old man at Leytonstone station in east London on Saturday.

Prosecutors allege that the attack was an act of terrorism and images and flags associated with ISIS were allegedly found on his phone.

One man suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries in the attack at Leytonstone underground station while a second person suffered minor injuries.

Eyewitnesses said the attacker had reportedly shouted out "This is for Syria!"

Britain is on its second-highest security alert level of "severe", meaning a militant attack is considered highly likely, though not imminent, mainly because of the threat posed by ISIS militants in Syria and Iraq.

Last week, British war planes joined air strikes for the first time against ISIS fighters in Syria.

 

(With Reuters and AFP)

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