We have just learned that an American woman was tragically stabbed to death in London’s Russell Square by a Norwegian man.
5 other people were injured by the man who was of Somali origin and was arrested after the attack.
From Fox News:
The investigation “increasingly points to this tragic incident as having been triggered by mental-health issues,” Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said.
“So far we have found no evidence of radicalization or anything that would suggest the man in our custody was motivated by terrorism,” Rowley said.
He said the woman who died was a 60-year-old American, and the five injured people are British, American, Israeli and Australian. None had life-threatening injuries. Two remain in a hospital, while three others have been discharged.
The suspect emigrated from Norway to the United Kingdom in 2002 at about five years old.
Rowley said it appeared to be a “spontaneous attack and that the victims were selected at random.” Detectives from the force’s murder and terrorism squads interviewed the suspect, his family and witnesses and searched several properties, and found no evidence of radicalization, he said.
In the last three years London has seen two knife attacks by people inspired by radical Islam. In May 2013, two al-Qaida-inspired London men killed off-duty soldier Lee Rigby in the street near his barracks. In January, mentally ill Muhiddin Mire tried to behead a London Underground passenger, shouting that he was doing it “for Syria.”
The Russell Square incident came within hours of an announcement by London police that they were putting more armed officers on the streets. The idea was to sustain public confidence following attacks by Islamic State-inspired groups in Europe.
Police in Britain do not carry guns for the most part — a principle that remains unchanged. Even with the additional armed officers, most of London’s 31,000 police officers will not be armed.
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