Two Terror Stabbings Hours Apart in London, and Belgium
In what may be a coordinated knife attack, two people were injured when a man went on a stabbing spree in London. Hours later in Ghent, Belgium, two more people were injured when a woman stabbed two people. The two incidents are being treated as terrorism related.
1) Stabbings occurring hours apart in #London and Belgian city of #Ghent are being treated as terrorism. Both instances bear telltale signs of #ISIS-inspired attacks: knives, random soft targets on busy streets, etc. No claim yet from any group, though. pic.twitter.com/3yzt6Vp0r9
— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) February 2, 2020
Terror stabbings in London – Again
My statement on today's incident in Streatham. pic.twitter.com/x7rWASs1Xs
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) February 2, 2020
At Streatham High Road in London, a man was seen with a large knife and had silver canisters around his neck. Police shot and killed him after he stabbed two people. A third person was injured from glass after the police discharged their weapons. One male is being treated for life-threatening injuries, one woman has non-life-threatening injuries. There was some concern over a possible suicide vest. It was determined to be a hoax device, according to Metro Police.
The street was closed off as police swarmed the area. Helicopters, armed officers and ambulances arrived. One person claimed that the man was shouting “allahu akbar” as he stabbed the two people.
“My grandson was in the Odeon and they got told to go out the back because there was a bomb. They got them to go out of the back of the cinema. They were there to watch a film…
When it’s a member of your family so close to you, you don’t expect it. You’re always worried about your family being on the streets but this is even worse.
“I heard two people got stabbed and apparently one man was shouting Allahu Akbar but people thought he was just a crazy man, so he got away. Apparently he had two rucksacks…” Richard Mustonen-Smith, 59, a response pastor for Ascension Trust to Daily Mail.
Police stated that the incident was being classed as terror-related due to the man being under “active surveillance” as an Islamist. Police response to the incident was rapid – along with the undercover officers present, according to Breitbart.
Terror stabbings in Ghent, Belgium
About an hour later in Ghent, Belgium, a woman with a knife stabbed two citizens. Police shot her in the hand and pinned her to the ground. The victims were transported to the local hospital, their conditions unknown.
Just hours after the #LondonStabbin, Belgian police city of Ghent have shot a woman who stabbed at least two people. #Belgium #BelgiumStabbing #BelgiumAttack #Stabbing #Attack #StabbingAttack pic.twitter.com/eUcQmOqlfD
— NYC News Outlet (@NYCNewsOutlet) February 2, 2020
— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@sotiridi) February 2, 2020
Most reports stated that the Belgium incident was also considered terrorism, while one French news media stated “didn’t know for sure.” The woman was described as a “dark skinned individual” in an Alerts USA report, confirmed by Breitbart.
A 'dark skinned' woman shot in Ghent, Belgium by police after stabbing 2 people, that's Europe's second today. https://t.co/CMu8qLyEyd
— secret stranger. brexitparty (@secretstranger9) February 2, 2020
Featured photo: A woman is pinned to the ground by police after stabbing two people in Ghent, Belgium. Picture via Twitter, numerous accounts.