AMilitary police suffered a triple stab wounds on a London night bus outside Mile End station on Wednesday.
The station remained closed until 8:45 a.m. as detectives searched for clues after the attack that left a victim in critical condition.
Police were alerted at 12:48 a.m. after the driver of the N25 night bus, bound for Oxford Circus, sent an emergency message saying the bus was under attack and people were injured.
An employee of the bus said: “The driver sent a message saying that there was an injured person and that they feared for their safety and that of the other passengers. They were not injured themselves, but this help was needed. Armed police came along with British transport police with dogs. It was a scene of carnage.
Officers attended and found a 34-year-old man suffering from stab wounds. They immediately provided first aid.
The man was taken by the London Ambulance Service to an east London hospital where he remains in critical condition.
Two other men – aged 34 and 22 – were also taken to hospital for treatment for lacerated wounds; their injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
A 34-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. He was taken to an east London police station where he is still being held.
The bus is a specially commissioned double-decker bus with “Spirit of London” written on it in memory of passengers killed on a bus in the 7/7 terrorist attacks.
Another witness to the aftermath of the attack said on Wednesday: “There were police everywhere, I thought it was another terrorist attack, there were screaming and paramedics and police were running. I saw the bus driver, they looked really shaken up.
It is understood that the driver was not injured but is offered specialist assistance from the bus company.
Thrown clothes and blankets were visible on the bus marking the location of the attack.
Local resident Anton Marshall, 52, said: “I looked out the window and saw dozens of police surrounding the bus with Spirit of London written on it. It’s a sad irony, I’m afraid.
Police met said a crime scene remained in place.
Anyone with information is asked to call the police via 101 quoting the reference Cad 244 / 20oct. To remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.