Police Investigates Motives After Stabbing Attack in London

Time: 11:10 a.m. CEST Update: 9:35 p.m. CEST

An American woman is a victim who died in the London stabbing attack on Wednesday, when a teenager, for whom police says has a mental health history, with a knife attacked randomly selected victims. Although police did not release its name, the Scotland Yard said that a 19-year-old Norwegian national of Somali origin, was arrested in relation to the attack. At first, Scotland Yard said they are considering the terrorism behind the attack, but later explained that the mental-health history could play role in the attack. Australian, American, Israeli and British nationals are among five injured in the attack.


The roads and pathways toward the Russell Square were open on Thursday during the day after the night with an attack, in which one person died and five are wounded.

Londoners woke up on Thursday morning with increased presence of police officers after the tragic incident in which one woman in her 60s and five other people suffered injuries in the attack, which occurred at about 10:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday.

Police stunned with a Taser a 19-year-old man under suspicion of a murder and he is now under police custody after was released from a hospital. The attack happened in Russell Square in London, near the Imperial Hotel.

The Guardian reports that Britain’s most senior counter-terror officers, assistant commissioner Mark Rowley explained that early reports suggested mental health was a factor, but terrorism remain a line of enquiry. He talked to the media after 3:30 a.m. London time outside the Scotland Yard headquarters.

After the attack, the London Ambulance Service said they send medical crews to the scene and four ambulances to respond to the incident.

The newly elected mayor of London, Sadiq Khan appealed to the public for calmness and vigilance and explained the police are doing everything to protect the public. This, possibly a lone attack, without clear motive, came after several jihadi strikes in Europe and the Middle East.




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