Muhiddin Mire, 30, (photo right) a Somali-born Muslim, cut the throat of 56-year-old Lyle Zimmerman three days after the House of Commons debate on the bombing of ISIS in Syria, jurors were told. Mire was allegedly ‘motivated by revenge’ for the air strikes by the UK and coalition forces and was heard shouting: “This is for my Syrian brothers.”
UK Daily News Prosecutors say he also tried to stab four other commuters during the attack at Leytonstone tube station in east London, including a Polish man who filmed Mire saying: ‘You attack our land, our Muslim land.’ Another clip shows Mire being Tasered by police before he was arrested as an onlooker shouted: ‘You ain’t no Muslim bruv.’ (Yes, is is)
Mire’s Samsung mobile phone revealed searches of information on Sharia Law, the Muslim attack on the cultural centre in Texas, ‘Islam v West’ and Islamic State, also known as ISIS. He also had images of hostages about to be beheaded and Fusilier Lee Rigby, who was hacked to death by Muslims in Woolwich in May 2013.
Jihadi John before he beheaded British citizen
Another image featured Hilary Benn making his speech at the House of Commons shortly before the vote to approve the bombing of ISIS in Syria, jurors heard.
‘The material suggests that he plainly had an interest in this topic. The prosecution suggest that the contents of his phone, when looked alongside what he said in the course of the incident, provide an indication as to what motivated the defendant to do what he did and what he was seeking to do to Mr Zimmerman.’
At Mire’s flat near the station, police found a special edition of the book ‘Milestones’, by radical Islamist Syed Qutb, which included calls for armed jihad in support of Sharia law.
Officers also recovered a notebook containing handwritten notes listing the qualities needed by a mujihadeen commander to fight ‘kuffar’ non-Muslims, including the ability ‘to attack like a wolf and carry weapons like an ant’, jurors heard.
Mire, who was born in Somalia and came to the UK as a young boy, told his GP a month before the attack he believed he was being followed by MI5 and MI6. At the time of the attack, he had stopped working as a taxi driver for Uber and was living on welfare benefits at a one-bed council flat near the Tube station where the attack took place.
Mr Zimmerman suffered three knife wounds to the front of his neck but survived because none of his major blood vessels were damaged.