Train evacuated after passenger carrying knife made 9/11 and Taliban threats

By Jon Macpherson & Chloe Burrell

A train was evacuated after a passenger carrying a knife made violent threats and comments about 9/11 and the Taliban.

A court heard how Mohammed Khalil Khan, aged 50, boarded the train to Clitheroe from Manchester Victoria and police officers were alerted after he began 'making threats to commit future acts of violence'.

Khan was met by a team of police when the train stopped at Darwen station in Lancashire, as reported by Lancs Live.

He was arrested after becoming verbally abusive and aggressive, with his backpack also searched which was found to contain a knife.

A bomb disposal unit attended the station on August 9, 2021, and carried out two controlled explosions at the scene of the incident.

Police said the items were not deemed a viable threat.

Khan, of no fixed abode, was jailed for 18 months at Preston Crown Court on January 11 after pleading guilty to possessing a bladed article in a public place.

Det Chief Insp Kay Dennison, of Counter Terrorism Policing North West, said: "This was a terrifying incident for the passengers to be stuck on a moving train with Khan making such concerning threats.

"His behaviour led to the train station where he was detained being closed off as a precaution, causing widespread disruption and a sense of panic in the local area.

"Khan's behaviour was frankly very worrying and completely unacceptable to cause fear in a public place.

"I'd like to thank the members of the public who reported Khan and offered to be witnesses and the train staff for their quick action in alerting police."

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