Incident Summary:

12/05/2015: An assailant armed with a machete attacked tube passengers in Leytonstone area, London, England, United Kingdom. At least three people were injured in the attack. An individual, identified as Muhaydin Mire, claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for Western operations targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Leytonstone area of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity London Underground
Specific Description Subway Station
Nationality of Target Great Britain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A knife was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The offender was later determined to suffer mental health issues. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"London - Police charge suspect in London Tube stabbing," AFP (North European Service), December 7, 2015.
"Leytonstone Tube station 'terror attack': Police appeal for footage," BBC Online, December 6, 2015.
"Syria war-inspired knifeman jailed over London tube attack," Middle East Eye, August 1, 2016.