A knifeman allegedly stabbed a passenger on a train at a station in south London before chasing other commuters and shoppers while shouting “I want to kill a Muslim”.
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Shocked commuters who were travelling on the train say a man was stabbed while he sat next to his wife.
The attacker then ran outside the station brandishing the knife while shouting “who is a Muslim, I want to kill a Muslim”.
The man then walked around the streets for up to 15 minutes while terrified commuters and shoppers ran away and even hid in shops and pubs in fear for their lives.
Transport police confirmed a 38-year-old man from London was arrested for suspicion of GBH following the “serious incident” but despite the Islamophobic nature of the stabbing they said it will be treated as a “serious hate crime” and that there was “no suggestion of wider terrorist aspect”.
One twitter user who witnessed the incident posted. ‘The guy held a knife against a lady in a headscarf and asked “where is your man?”.
Train passenger Gary Heel, 40, said: “I was sitting on the train and I heard somebody shouting that he wanted to kill Muslims.
“People were trying to stop him from stabbing the man. Three or four men were restraining him.
“Other passengers began panicking and running to the other end of the train. There was blood eveywhere.
“After that he walked calmly back down the train and said to me ‘you are OK because you are Christian’.
“He then got off the train and calmly walked onto the platform. Other passengers put the man in the recovery position.”
Miguel d’Oliveira wrote on Facebook: “He was targeting Muslims and shouting like a mad man.
“I was trying to get away and accidentally came face to face with him. Have enough adrenaline for the rest of the year now.”
A British Transport spokesperson said: “We are currently at Forest Hill railway station, after being called to a serious assault at 1.18pm
“One person has been arrested on suspicion of GBH following the incident and is currently in police custody.
“One man was treated by ambulance staff at the scene and is currently en route to hospital.”