09:51 Aug. 4, 2016
19-year-old assailant is said to be mentally challenged
A woman has died and five other people were injured in a knife attack in Russell Square, central London. According to BBC, police were called at 22:33 pm on Wednesday to reports of a man injuring people with a knife, including a woman in her 60s who later died. A 19-year-old man was arrested at 22:39pm after a Taser was discharged by an officer. The Met said mental health was a "significant factor" in the events.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan called for the public to remain "calm and vigilant". Mr Khan said his "heart goes out to the victims of the incident in Russell Square and their loved ones".
Two other women and three men received various injuries in the attack, Scotland Yard confirmed later. Paul O'Geibheannaigh, who lives near to the square, said he had seen the body of the woman "on the pavement" and the area was surrounded by a "heavy armed police presence". "I haven't seen a police presence like that in this area since 7/7," he said, referring to the terror attacks on the London transport system in July 2005.
According to the most recent police report, two of the injured already left for home after being treated at hospital.
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The Met's assistant commissioner for specialist operations, Mark Rowley, said the force's homicide command was leading the investigation into the attack, with support from the counter-terrorism unit. He went on: "Of course at this stage we should keep an open mind regarding motive and consequently terrorism as a motivation remains... one line of inquiry for us to explore." Mr Rowley added that Londoners would wake to an increased police presence on the streets, including armed officers, to "provide reassurance and safety".
A police forensics tent has been erected on Southampton Row, outside the park in the centre of the square, which is close to the British Museum. There is a heavy police presence in the area and the initial cordon around the crime scene has been extended, according to BBC reporter Andy Moore at the scene. The condition of those injured and the extent of their injuries is not known at present. The woman killed in the attack had been treated at the scene but was pronounced dead a short time later.
Earlier on Wednesday, Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and London Mayor Sadiq Khan had said that there would be more armed police seen on patrol in London. Sir Bernard announced the move to reassure the public and deter attackers following terror attacks in Europe.