A Knife attack in Central London has left a woman in her 60s dead and 5 others injured.
The suspect, a 19-year old man went on a stabbing rampage at the Russell Square, Camden, at about 10:30pm on Wednesday according to the Guardian.
Though details of the victims of the attack are yet to be released, the report states that one female and four males sustained varying degrees of injury, the severity of which is yet to be determined.
The knife-wielding suspect who was tasered by an officer at the scene of the attack, has been arrested and is in police custody in hospital. His details are yet to be released.
The police is said to be looking at Terrorism as a possible motive for the attack as well as mental instability of the suspect.
Witnesses who were in the area at the time, but didn’t actually see the stabbing, told the outlet that they “came around the corner and there were armed police everywhere … a massive police presence … and a corpse lying in the street covered in a blanket.”
The Metropolitan Police has released the official statement below in the wake of the incident.
Police were called just after 10.30pm last night [Wednesday] to reports of a man armed with a knife assaulting people at Russell Square, Camden.
Armed officers arrived at the scene within five minutes. They discharged the Taser while confronting and arresting the suspect.
Six people have been injured, including the one woman who sadly died at the scene and the others have received various injuries. The deceased woman is in her 60s but it would be inappropriate at this time for me to give any more personal details about her.
A 19-year-old man was arrested shortly after 10.39pm and is currently in police custody at hospital.
Early indications suggest mental health is a significant factor in this case and that is one major line of inquiry.
But of course at this stage we should keep an open mind regarding motive and consequently terrorism as a motivation remains but one line of inquiry for us to explore.
At present the Met’s homicide command are investigating the incident but at present are supported by our counterterrorism unit.
As a precautionary measure tomorrow, Londoners will wake up and in the morning they will notice an increased police presence on the streets, including armed officers. This is there to provide reassurance and safety. We ask the public to remain calm and vigilant and alert.
This knife attack is another tragedy in a series of attacks that have besieged Europe in recent times, with most of them alluded to terrorism.