New details have emerged on the attacker who injured three at a subway station in London on Sunday, including mobile phone material relating to the San Bernardino shootings as well as ISIS propaganda, authorities said today.
In an initial examination of the suspect's phone, the U.K.'s Westminster Magistrates Court has identified the following: "images and flags related to ISIS, material on the recent attacks in America, images of orange jump suit wearing Islamic State prisoners, images related to the recent attacks in Paris, and images of a British police exercise involving an active shooter scenario."
Muhaydin Mire, 29, was charged with attempted murder and appeared in court today. The name associated with his phone was "Die in Your Rage Crusader," the court revealed.
The court also confirmed that Mire shouted "This is for Syria, my Muslim brothers," right after being detained, before adding: "this is because you bombed the hospitals in Syria."
An unidentified man had been walking through the station when he was attacked by Mire from behind, the court said: "A number of witnesses describe a furious assault which initially involved Mr. Mire hitting the male numerous times around the head and body before forcing him to the floor."
"Once on the floor, Mr. Mire was seen to kick and stamp on the male. Some witnesses attempted to intervene, but one was punched in the face before Mr. Mire brandished a knife. As the witness retreated in fear, Mr. Mire proceeded to hold the male's head with one hand and began to cut his neck in what is described by some as a sawing motion," the court added.
After inflicting a significant wound, Mire left the victim in a pool of blood, as members of the public ran towards him to begin and treat his wounds. The male in question is now in stable condition after a 5-hour surgery, the court said today.
Police tasered the suspect twice before he dropped the knife and was overpowered by police. One witness at the scene is heard on the video shouting, "You ain't no Muslim bruv. You ain't no Muslim." The phrase, slang for "brother," was quickly picked up by Twitter users, who turned it into a trending hashtag.
The attack comes after a string of terror arrests and just days after the British Parliament voted to launch air strikes against ISIS in Syria.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Newton of British Transport Police said, "Following Saturday's incident, we are now deploying still more officers in this role. They involve both uniformed and plain-clothed officers, supported by other resources, such as armed officers, police dogs, a network of CCTV cameras, and the thousands of rail staff we work alongside."
Authorities have been searching a house in North London thought to be connected to the attack.