London (CNN)A man who allegedly stabbed two people at a London subway station Saturday has been charged with attempted murder for the attack that prosecutors say was an act of terror.
Muhyadin Mire, a 29-year-old from the London suburb of Leytonstone, appeared in Westminster Magistrates’ Court Monday.
He spoke only to confirm details of his identity and say that he understood the charge before he was remanded in custody to appear at a preliminary hearing at London’s Old Bailey on Friday.
Mire was arrested Saturday night after allegedly committing an unprovoked knife attack that police say left a 56-year-old man hospitalized with serious injuries. A second person suffered a minor injury that did not require treatment, authorities said.
The Crown Prosecution Service argued that the attack constituted an act of terrorism under the UK’s Terrorism Act.
The legislation defines terrorism as the use or threat of action designed to influence the government or an international governmental organization, or intimidate the public, for the purpose of advancing a political, religious, racial or ideological cause.
Police were called Saturday evening by witnesses who said a man had stabbed people and was threatening others at the Tube station in Leytonstone.
The prosecution alleges that Mire approached his victim from behind and, unprovoked, hit him multiple times, before forcing him to the floor, kicking and stomping on him, according to a document detailing the prosecution case that was distributed to reporters in court.
He then allegedly held the victim’s head and cut his neck in what was described by witnesses as a “sawing motion,” according to the document.
Leaving the victim in a pool of blood, Mire waved his knife at others and attempted to attack some of them, said the document.
Police then arrived and, fearing for their safety, used a stun gun to disarm and arrest him.
As he was led away, Mire shouted “This is for Syria, my Muslim brothers,” and made similar statements when interviewed at the police station, according to the document. Mire’s phone contained images and material relating to the war in Syria, it said.
The document said the victim of the attack spent five hours in surgery with multiple wounds to his neck, including one that was 12 cm (nearly 5 inches) long.
Police said in the aftermath that they were investigating the attack as an act of terror, and have advised the public to “remain calm but alert and vigilant” in relation to any potential threat.
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