A 19-year-old man was arrested in connection to a knife attack in London’s Russell Square that left one person dead and five others injured late Wednesday, authorities said.
Metropolitan Police Service assistant commissioner Mark Rowley told reporters that the suspect’s mental health played a “significant factor,” and said authorities were still trying to determine if terrorism played a role in the attack.
Officers responded around 10:33 p.m. Wednesday local time to reports of a man stabbing people in Russell Square, police said. They found six people with stab wounds. One of the victims, only identified as a woman in her 60s, was treated at the scene but later was pronounced dead.
Police did not release other details about the suspect.
Metropolitan’s homicide unit are investigating the case with assistance from counter-terrorism officers, authorities confirmed. As a precaution, additional police would be deployed Thursday morning, Rowley added.
“This is there to provide reassurance and safety,” Rowley told reporters. “We ask the public to remain calm and vigilant and alert.”
Russell Square, a popular tourist destination based on its proximity to central London and modestly priced hotels around the area, is situated near the University of London and British Museum.
Western Europe has been terrorized with deadly attacks across the continent this year. Separate airport bombings in Brussels and Istanbul, as well as the truck attack in Nice, France on Bastille Day, have left Europeans on high alert.
Source: USA Today