UK judge sentences extremist to minimum 11 year term

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LONDON (AP) — A U.K. judge has sentenced an extremist who stabbed commuters at random in Manchester’s Victoria Train station on New Year’s Eve to at least 11 years in prison.

Judge Jeremy Stuart-Smith sentenced Mahdi Mohamud on Wednesday and ordered that his sentence begin in a high-security psychiatric hospital. He has been diagnosed as suffering paranoid schizophrenia

A 26-year-old Dutch national from a Somali family who has lived in the U.K. since the age of 9, Mohamud pleaded guilty.

CCTV images showed Mohamud raising a steak knife and walking behind an unsuspecting couple.

He screamed “Allahu Akbar!” and stabbed James Knox, 54, repeatedly. He then turned the knife on Knox’s companion, Anna Charlton, 57, slashing her across the face.

Sgt. Lee Valentine, 31, was also stabbed in the shoulder while confronting Mohamud.

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