Muslim man pleads guilty to stabbing man multiple times while screaming “Allahu akbar”

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Hero police officer reveals how lone wolf terrorist slashed him after stabbing two commuters in horrific railway station attack.

A hero police officer who confronted a terrorist as he launched a frenzied attack on train commuters has told how the knifeman ran towards him and ‘lunged’ at his head with the blade. Sergeant Lee Valentine, 31, has spoken of the moment he pulled the trigger on his Taser but failed to stop crazed lone wolf Mahdi Mohamud who was armed with a fillet knife.

He was with colleague Pc Tom Wright, 27, on duty at Manchester Victoria railway station when he heard a shocking scream as Mohamud launched the attack. Sgt Valentine said he felt ‘massively’ lucky not to be more seriously injured in the attack last New Year’s Eve.

The crazed knifeman, 26, had walked up behind unsuspecting James Knox, screaming ‘Allahu Akbar!’ and ‘Long live the Caliphate!’ as he stabbed his victim repeatedly in the back, shoulders and head. He then turned the knife on Mr Knox’s companion, Anna Charlton, slashing her across the face after the couple, in their 50s, randomly crossed his path heading for a tram platform shortly before 9pm last December 31.

Sgt Valentine said: ‘I didn’t even get the chance to take the fired cartridge off the top before he just started running towards me. ‘He probably closed a seven foot gap in half a second. ‘It was just like a dive, he flew, he probably jumped three or four foot off the ground and just sort of lunged, probably lunged at my head with his knife.’

Mohamud at Manchester Crown Court today admitted three counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a document or record likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, a manual titled, ‘the seven most lethal ways to strike with a knife’.

Talking of the moment he heard the attack, Sgt Valentine said: ‘It was just like a scream I had never heard before, it was literally like someone was being killed.’

Fellow British Transport Police (BTP) Pc Ashleigh Williams, 27, and her colleague Marsha Selby, 28, along with two tram staff confronted Mohamud, who ‘like an animal’ was ‘fixated’ on stabbing and slashing.