Russell Square attack


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Jun 27, 2016
Terrorism is one potential motive for a knife attack in which one woman was killed and five others injured, police say.

Police were called to reports of an armed man attacking pedestrians in Russell Square at 10.33 pm on Wednesday.

Six minutes later, a 19-year-old was hit with a Taser and arrested.

He is in police custody held on suspicion of murder. Police say he is a Norwegian national of Somali origin, but no evidence has been found of radicalisation.

Police said a US citizen was killed in the attack. Two of the injured victims remain in hospital. Three others have been discharged.

An unnamed woman, believed to be in her 60s, was treated at the scene but pronounced dead a short time later. Five others – a woman and four men – were injured.

The most senior counter-terrorism officer, Commander Mark Rowley, said that mental health may be a ‘significant factor’ but terrorism was ‘one line of inquiry that we should explore’.

The attack came on the same day that the Met announced it would increase the number of armed patrols in London as an anti-terrorism measure.




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Jul 4, 2016
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An American woman was killed and five other people injured in a stabbing attack in London’s Russell Square by a Norwegian man of Somali origin who was arrested after the incident, authorities said.

The investigation “increasingly points to this tragic incident as having been triggered by mental-health issues,” Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said.

"So far we have found no evidence of radicalization or anything that would suggest the man in our custody was motivated by terrorism," Rowley added.

He said the woman who died was a 64-year-old American. Florida Gov. Rick Scott named her in a tweet as Darlene Horton.

Florida State University announced she was the wife of eminent scholar Richard Wagner, who was in London teaching a summer session class.

"There are no words to express our heartache over this terrible tragedy," FSU President John Thrasher said in a statement. "We are shocked that such senseless violence has touched our own FSU family, and we will do all we can to assist Professor Wagner and his loved ones, as well as his friends and colleagues in the Psychology department, as they mourn."

The five injured people are British, American, Israeli and Australian. None had life-threatening injuries. Two remain in a hospital, while three others have been discharged.
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