The British Transport Police (BTP) said their officers were called to the scene shortly after 6 p.m. local time. They were able to arrest the suspect while one male victim was taken to hospital. The victim’s injuries are believed to be non-fatal.
Nick Renaud-Komiya, 28, had a hunch that something was wrong when he arrived at the east London station.
“There was a sea of people running in my direction, it took me a couple of seconds to register that something wasn’t right,” Komiya told the Independent.
“I saw a guy with a knife in his hand walking towards me, he was shouting a lot but I couldn’t get any of what he was saying,” he said. “The police arrived really quickly and they grabbed him and had him up against the police car.”
Joe Street, a passenger on the train when the stabbing happened, tweeted a warning to others not to approach the train station.
“Avoid Hackney Central,” Street tweeted. “Some guy just pulled out a knife on my overground train and the staff are saying he stabbed someone. Absolutely terrifying.”
— Joe Street (@joestreet18) October 2, 2018
London Overground said that the station remained off-limits even though the services on that route resumed shortly before 8 p.m. with “severe delays.”
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