A man involved in a stabbing incident at a south-east London railway station was shouting “death to Muslims” and “go back to Syria”, according to an eyewitness.
Miguel Oliveira, 36, said he came “face-to-face” with the attacker, who was “shouting uncontrollably” after he allegedly stabbed a man at Forest Hill station.
Oliveira, a music composer from Forest Hill, said he was met with a “wave of people” when he arrived at the station following the incident.
He said: “The first few were shouting ‘he’s got a knife, he’s got a knife’ and then all of a sudden the next ones said ‘Oh he’s been stabbed call the police’.”
He added that some members of the crowd were shouting: “He wants to kill Muslims.”
A man has been arrested after a man was seriously assaulted at Forest Hill station this afternoon.
Officers are currently at the scene.— British Transport Police (@BTP) December 12, 2016
We are investigating the circumstances of the Forest Hill incident, but at this time we are not treating it as terrorism-related.— British Transport Police (@BTP) December 12, 2016
Oliveira left the station but returned a few minutes later amid confusion over the whereabouts of the attacker.
He said: “I doubled back and I went back to the station and actually came face-to-face with him.
“He had just come out – not the way they were saying. He was walking towards me and he was shouting stuff like ‘Death to Muslims’ and ‘Go back to Syria’.”
A British Transport Police spokeswoman said at the time: “We are currently at Forest Hill railway station, after being called to a serious assault at 1.18pm.
“One person has been arrested following the incident and is currently in police custody.
“One man was treated by ambulance staff at the scene and is currently en route to hospital.
“We are still investigating the circumstances of this incident but at this time, we are not treating it as terrorism-related.”