Fight for life: Muhammed-Askar Ali in hospital. The photograph was released to the Evening Standard by the family.

A Muslim hijabi wife said on Thursday about the horrific moment her husband was stabbed on board a train at Forest Hill station in London by a man allegedly shouting: “I want to kill a Muslim.”

Kulsuma Ali, who wore a hijab, was sitting beside husband Mohammed-Askar during the attack. She spoke as her family released a photograph of him fighting for his life in a London hospital. The father-of-three suffered a punctured lung and stab wounds to his head and body from the onslaught at Forest Hill station.

Ali aged 39, told the Evening Standard a “hero” nurse stepped in to help save his life as he bled heavily from multiple knife wounds. His condition in hospital is described as serious. Speaking from the family home in Wandsworth, Ali gave her first public account of the attack on Monday just after 1 pm.

She told how she saw a man staring and shouting, “I am going to kill a Muslim,” moments before the stabbing took place. “He was shouting go back to Syria and things like that,” she said. “It was terrifying. The man lunged forward and stabbed my husband in the head first and then twice in the chest and then three times in the back.

“One wound is near the lung and very dangerous and the doctors are very worried about his sight because he was stabbed near the eye. “The blade was a big kitchen knife. The man was wandering around with it and showing it, but no one had stopped him. How can he not have been stopped before?
“No one came to help us at first. My husband had been stabbed loads of times before anyone moved. “I was in total shock and was holding him. A woman on the train who was a nurse helped. “She was amazing. I need to say thank you she has maybe saved his life.

“There was blood everywhere. I was in shock, and I have not slept since. The scene keeps playing in  my head.”

The couple has three sons, who have not been able to go to school since the shocking event. The victim is a delivery driver and family man, who is described by his wife as a “brilliant father and husband.”

The couple, who are of Bangladeshi origin, had visited a mosque for prayers earlier in the day before the stabbing. They had then gone to pick up some flight tickets and were taking the train home.

A man, aged 38, has appeared in court charged with attempted murder, possession of an offensive weapon and assault.