Leytonstone Tube attacker jailed for life

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A man who attacked London Underground passengers at Leytonstone has been jailed for life with an eight-and-a-half year minimum term.

Muhiddin Mire, 30, attacked musician Lyle Zimmerman, 56, at the station in East London last December, leaving him with a deep gash to his neck and his windpipe exposed.

The minicab driver also threatened four other passengers in and around the station.

Mire claimed to be carrying out the attack for his “Syrian brothers” and was also found to be in possession of images of murdered soldier Lee Rigby and Islamic State propaganda.

However, it was the comments of a bystander who shouted “You ain’t no Muslim bruv” that had the most impact on the national conscience after the attack.

Mire was found guilty of attempted murder by a jury at the Old Bailey in June, and will now face a minimum of eight-and-a-half years behind bars.

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