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Mental health, terror angle being probed as London knife attacker kills 1

Mental health, terror angle being probed as London knife attacker kills 1

A knife attacker struck at London’s Russell Square, killing one woman and injuring five people on Wednesday night.  Utv Pakistan Report

Armed police arrested a 19-year-old man at Russell Square after he attacked a woman who was in her 60s and who died from her injuries at the scene.

British police said on Thursday that mental health was a significant factor in a knife attack.

“Early indications suggest that mental health is a significant factor in this case and that is one major line of inquiry,” London Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Mark Rowley told reporters.

“Terrorism is one possibility being explored at this stage,” London Police said.

Police responded to a distress call of a man “seen in possession of a knife” in central London around 10:30pm. The attacker was taken into custody.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed that six people had been injured in the attack, but one woman was killed. Though she was treated at the scene, she was pronounced dead a little while later.

Five other people were injured, but details about their conditions and injuries were not immediately available.

According to the statement, an arresting officer used a stun gun while apprehending the suspect.

The area, which is near the British Museum and University of London, was secured thereafter.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed that six people had been injured in the attack, but one woman was killed. Though she was treated at the scene, she was pronounced dead a little while later.

Five other people were injured, but details about their conditions and injuries were not immediately available.

According to the statement, an arresting officer used a stun gun while apprehending the suspect.

The area, which is near the British Museum and University of London, was secured thereafter.

A private ambulance crew removes a body from Russell Square in London, after a woman was killed in a knife attack in central London. (AFP Photo)

The episode happened just hours after officials announced the start of Operation Hercules, an initiative that included the addition of 600 armed officers to better protect the city against an attack.

“The threat level here in London has not changed, but it does remain at severe and especially in light of recent deadly attacks in Europe it is important we are prepared should the unthinkable happen,” Mayor Sadiq Khan of London said in a statement.

“We will see more armed officers on our streets, but there is no reason to be alarmed.”

The episode Wednesday night happened near the site of several explosions on July 7, 2005, which left 52 people dead and more than 700 wounded.

The deadliest of the four 2005 explosions was set off in the subway tunnel connecting the King’s Cross and Russell Square stations. A bus was bombed near the Russell Square Station.Utv-Line

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