One woman was killed and six others were injured in a knife attack by a man in central London which police said could be linked to terrorism. A statement from the London Metropolitan Police said the attack happened late Wednesday in Russell Square, which is near the British Museum at 10.39 pm local time last night. six people were injured in the attack, police said.
London police say 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. They also said that mental health is a significant factor in the knife attack but terrorism remains one line of inquiry. There will be also be an increased police presence on the streets of London to provide reassurance.
“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,” London Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley told reporters.
“Terrorism is one possibility being explored at this stage,” police said in a statement.
The attack came on the same day that Scotland Yard announced that 600 additional armed officers will be deployed around London’s major sites, including British Museum, as part of anti terrorism plans in the wake of terror attacks in Europe.