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Saturday, 22 January 2022 06:21 GMT

London's YouAintNoMuslimBruv response to terror attack

(MENAFN- The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) A terror attack in a London subway station has triggered a social media response - coined on Monday by Prime Minister David Cameron - refuting the attacker’s connection to Islam.

The #YouAintNoMuslimBruv hashtag was the top U.K. trend on Twitter following Saturday evening’s attack at Leytonstone underground station east London in which a knifeman reportedly shouted he was acting “for Syria” and his “brothers in Syria”.

After the man who had attacked a passerby was subdued by police another bystander was overheard on mobile phone footage shouting at the assailant: “You're not a Muslim bruv you’re an embarrassment.” Bruv is a London term that is a slang shortening of “brother” but is used more widely to mean “friend”.

Londoners embraced the phrase. Twitter user Matthew Harper wrote: “#youaintnomuslimbruv is the most #London response to terrorism you could imagine and pretty much sums up how we all feel about these maniacs”.

Within hours of the attack which police defined as a terrorist incident the hashtag had been used tens of thousands of times.

“This kind of support has helped to ally a lot of people with the Muslim community who feel that that comment in itself summarizes what Muslims feel in Britain” Muslim Association of Britain President Omer El-Hamdoon told Anadolu Agency.

Speaking at a news conference in Burton-on-Trent Staffordshire on Monday Cameron said: “Some of us have dedicated speeches and media appearances and sound bites and everything to this subject. But 'You ain't no Muslim bruv’ said it all much better than I ever could.”

A 56-year-old man reportedly suffered a serious neck injury in the attack.

On Monday Muhayadin Mire 29 of Leytonstone appeared in court charged with attempted murder.

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