The country’s capital awakes to sad news this morning, as reports from London show that a woman has been killed and five other injured following a knife attack.
A 19-year-old man is said to have been apprehended with a stun gun by police at 10:39pm last night, near the British Museum at Russell Square, after he stabbed six people.
The woman that died is said to have been in her 60s, but the police are yet to disclose further information of his victims at this time. The Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Mark Rowley said in a statement this morning, that they are investigating mental health issues as the primary motive for the attack, but that they are not ruling out other lines of inquiry:
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,
They also confirmed that as a result there will be heightened security in London today, including the presence of more armed police. London is already on a severe terror alert, following the series of attacks across Europe. Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has released a statement asking Londoners to remain “calm and vigilant” in the wake of the attacks:
Our thoughts are with the families of those affected at this sad time.