IS-inspired fanatic guilty of copycat murder bid

An IS-inspired fanatic is facing years in jail for trying to copy the killers of Fusilier Lee Rigby by beheading a random stranger at a Tube station.

Somali-born Muslim Muhiddin Mire, 30, attacked 56-year-old musician Lyle Zimmerman with a rusty knife and threatened four other travellers as he ran amok through the ticket hall at Leytonstone Underground station in east London.

The whole incident was caught on shocking CCTV and mobile phone footage taken by a passer-by who bravely carried on filming even as Mire lunged at him with the blade.

One onlooker shouted out “You ain’t no Muslim, bruv” after Mire claimed he was doing it for “my Syrian brothers” as police took him down with Tasers.

The court heard that minicab driver Mire had a history of mental illness and his psychosis involved the belief that he was being persecuted for his religion and stalked by MI5 and MI6.

He had images of Fusilier Rigby and British IS executioner Jihadi John on his Samsung phone, along with material linked to IS.

Mire stared ahead as a Old Bailey jury found him guilty of attempted murder after just over a day of deliberations. He had already admitted four counts of attempted wounding and an alternative count of wounding with intent to cause Mr Zimmerman grievous bodily harm.

Afterwards, Judge Nicholas Hilliard highlighted the “public spiritedness” of people on the day of the attack, saying “It would have been very easy to continue one’s journey on, but that did not happen.”

Mire, of Sansom Road, Leytonstone, was remanded into custody at Broadmoor secure mental hospital ahead of his sentencing at the Old Bailey on July 27.

On December 5, 2015, Mr Zimmerman

was targeted by Mire as they travelled on the same train.

Mire followed him and produced a black-handled knife with a serrated edge.

As Mr Zimmerman approached the barriers, Mire grabbed him from behind and swung him around and on to the floor. Mire then kicked him repeatedly around the head and body.

As Mr Zimmerman lay defenceless on the ground, Mire crouched down and began to “saw” at his neck with the serrated blade in front of shocked passengers.


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