Terrorism is being examined as a potential motive for a knife rampage in central London that left one woman dead and five others injured.Police were called to reports of an armed man attacking people in Russell Square at 10.33pm on Wednesday. A 19-year-old was arrested six minutes later at 10.39pm after a Taser was fired by one of the officers. He is now under police guard in hospital.
Officers attending the incident found up to six people injured. An unnamed woman, aged in her 60s, was treated at the scene but was pronounced dead a short time later.
The other victims – a woman and four men – are said to have suffered “various injuries”. Their condition is not known. Parts of Russell Square remain cordoned off as forensic teams investigate.
Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer Commander Mark Rowley said while mental health may have been a “significant factor” in the attack, terrorism was “one line of inquiry that we should explore”.