Knife Attacker Inspired By IS Gets Life In Prison

A man who tried to behead a musician during an Islamic State-inspired attack at an Underground station has been jailed for life.1KNIFEMuhiddin Mire will serve a minimum of eight and a half years for the attack at Leytonstone station on Lyle Zimmerman on 5 December last year.

The 30-year-old targeted strangers at random in the ticket hall at the station, before grabbing Mr Zimmerman and attempting to murder him after they travelled on the same train from Stratford to Leytonstone. The attack was captured on CCTV and mobile phone footage taken by a passerby, who carried on filming even after Mire lunged at him with a knife.

Sentencing him on Monday at the Old Bailey, Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC said that he accepted Mire suffered from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the offence, but that he also believed he had been motivated by events in Syria.