UK police charge man over 'terrorist incident' at London metro station

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British detectives have charged a man with attempted murder after a knife attack at an east London metro station on Saturday night which was described by police as a terrorist incident.

Police said 29-year-old Muhaydin Mire of east London would appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later on Monday.

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: Police officers and crime scene investigators investigate a crime scene at Leytonstone tube station in east London, England, on December 05, 2015 after a man was seriously injured in a knife attack and it is treated as a terror attack because the attacker reportedly shouted 'This is for Syria' during the attack. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: Police officers and crime scene investigators investigate a crime scene at Leytonstone tube station in east London, England, on December 05, 2015 after a man was seriously injured in a knife attack and it is treated as a terror attack because the attacker reportedly shouted 'This is for Syria' during the attack. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: Police officers and crime scene investigators investigate a crime scene at Leytonstone tube station in east London, England, on December 05, 2015 after a man was seriously injured in a knife attack and it is treated as a terror attack because the attacker reportedly shouted 'This is for Syria' during the attack. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: Police officers and crime scene investigators investigate a crime scene at Leytonstone tube station in east London, England, on December 05, 2015 after a man was seriously injured in a knife attack and it is treated as a terror attack because the attacker reportedly shouted 'This is for Syria' during the attack. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: Police officers and crime scene investigators investigate a crime scene at Leytonstone tube station in east London, England, on December 05, 2015 after a man was seriously injured in a knife attack and it is treated as a terror attack because the attacker reportedly shouted 'This is for Syria' during the attack. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: Police officers and crime scene investigators investigate a crime scene at Leytonstone tube station in east London, England, on December 05, 2015 after a man was seriously injured in a knife attack and it is treated as a terror attack because the attacker reportedly shouted 'This is for Syria' during the attack. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: Police officers and crime scene investigators investigate a crime scene at Leytonstone tube station in east London, England, on December 05, 2015 after a man was seriously injured in a knife attack and it is treated as a terror attack because the attacker reportedly shouted 'This is for Syria' during the attack. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A man walks in Leytonstone station in north London on December 6, 2015. Police were called to reports of people being attacked at Leytonstone around 19:00 GMT on December 5. The police have said that they are considering a knife attack the previous evening as a ' terrorist incident' after reports that the man reportedly shouted 'this is for Syria'. The man was arrested after being Tasered by police. One man suffered serious knife injuries while two others received minor injuries. / AFP / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
A person walks outside Leytonstone station in north London on December 6, 2015. Police were called to reports of people being attacked at Leytonstone around 19:00 GMT on December 5. The police have said that they are considering a knife attack the previous evening as a ' terrorist incident' after reports that the man reportedly shouted 'this is for Syria'. The man was arrested after being Tasered by police. One man suffered serious knife injuries while two others received minor injuries. / AFP / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
A police car is seen parked outside Leytonstone station in north London on December 6, 2015. Police were called to reports of people being attacked at Leytonstone around 19:00 GMT on December 5. The police have said that they are considering a knife attack the previous evening as a ' terrorist incident' after reports that the man reportedly shouted 'this is for Syria'. The man was arrested after being Tasered by police. One man suffered serious knife injuries while two others received minor injuries. / AFP / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
A police car is seen parked outside Leytonstone station in north London on December 6, 2015. Police were called to reports of people being attacked at Leytonstone around 19:00 GMT on December 5. The police have said that they are considering a knife attack the previous evening as a ' terrorist incident' after reports that the man reportedly shouted 'this is for Syria'. The man was arrested after being Tasered by police. One man suffered serious knife injuries while two others received minor injuries. / AFP / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
A television crew broadcasts from outside Leytonstone station in north London on December 6, 2015. Police were called to reports of people being attacked at Leytonstone around 19:00 GMT on December 5, 2015. The police have said that they are considering a knife attack the previous evening as a ' terrorist incident' after reports that the man reportedly shouted 'this is for Syria'. The man was arrested after being Tasered by police. One man suffered serious knife injuries while two others received minor injuries. / AFP / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
A police officer stands guard outside Leytonstone station in north London on December 6, 2015, a day after three people were stabbed in what police are treating as a 'terrorist incident'. A man was being held in custody after three people were stabbed at a London Underground train station in an attack police were treating as a 'terrorist incident'.One eyewitness shouted 'You're no Muslim' at the suspect as he was pinned down by police officers at the suburban Leytonstone station, amateur video footage showed, while a pool of blood was seen in the ticket hall. / AFP / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
A police vehicle drives past Leytonstone station in north London on December 6, 2015. Police were called to reports of people being attacked at Leytonstone around 19:00 GMT on December 5, 2015. The police have said that they are considering a knife attack the previous evening as a ' terrorist incident' after reports that the man reportedly shouted 'this is for Syria'. The man was arrested after being Tasered by police. One man suffered serious knife injuries while two others received minor injuries. / AFP / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
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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 Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

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

Eyewitness footage of the attack in the Underground:

Amateur Video Shows Arrest of Knife Attacker at East London Metro Station

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