- By Halil Islamovic
A terrorist has reportedly stabbed a passenger on an overground train at Forest Hill station in London before chasing other passengers outside
The attacker is said by witnesses to have been shouting: “Who is a Muslim? I want to kill a Muslim!”
A 38 year old man from London has been arrested on suspicion of Grievous Bodily Harm following a “Serious Hate Crime” British Transport Police have confirmed.
Police said they were treating the incident as a serious hate crime but have said there was “no suggestion of a wider terrorist aspect”.
Failure to label violent crimes again Muslim members of the public as terrorism has sparked outrage by protesters from all faiths and backgrounds across the capital.
Eye witness Miguel Oliveira, 36, said he came face to face with the attacker, who was “shouting uncontrollably”.
Oliveira said he was met with a wave of people as he arrived at the station in south east London.
“The first few were shouting ‘he’s got a knife, he’s got a knife’ and then all of a sudden the next ones said ‘Oh he’s been stabbed call the police’.”
Oliveira added that some members of the crowd were shouting: “He wants to kill Muslims”.
Another witness, Shellby Curry, who lives locally to the station, was with her one-year-old child when she saw the attack.
Curry said the attacker was “waving what looked to be a knife in his hand” near the station and screaming words like “Muslims f****** hate them, kill them all”.
“I just grabbed my baby and ran across the road. Looking back [I saw] him marching up and down waving his arm about.” she said.
Curry described the attacker as a black man with short hair, who she thought appeared to be in his late 30s or early 40s.
Several people phoned the police, who took 10 minutes to arrive and restrain him, Curry said.
Police said a suspect has been arrested on suspicion of GBH after the stabbing which happened around 13:18.
A British Transport Police spokesman said: “We are investigating the circumstances of the Forest Hill incident, but at this time we are not treating it as terrorism-related.” A move that has seen many level accusations of judicial plurality at the police who often record violent crimes against Muslims as hate crimes rather than terrorism.
Other passengers posted what they had seen on Twitter, with many stating that the man had attacked a Muslim passenger on a train with no provocation.
Other eye witnesses have claimed the man was rampaging the street outside of the station for 15 minutes terrifying people.
“The looks on some people’s faces, they looked terrified and very scared.”
The attacker has been quoted as shouting: “Death to Muslims” and “Go Back to Syria.”
London has seen a dramatic rise in hate crimes since the summer’s Brexit vote, mostly targeting Muslim women.
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