Knife attack in London kills woman and injures five persons

  • Libyan Express + Agencies |
  • Thursday 4 August 2016
A private ambulance crew remove a body from Russell Square in London early on August 4, 2016, after a woman in her 60s was killed. The woman was killed and five people injured in a knife attack in central London late on August 3 which police said they are investigating for possible terrorist links. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS        (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

A private ambulance crew remove a body from Russell Square in London early on August 4, 2016, after a woman in her 60s was killed.
The woman was killed and five people injured in a knife attack in central London late on August 3 which police said they are investigating for possible terrorist links. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was killed and five injured in a knife attack in Russell Square, central London.

Police were called on Wednesday to reports of a man injuring people, including a woman in her 60s who died.

A 19-year-old man was arrested at 22:39 after a Taser was discharged by an officer. The Met said mental health was a “significant factor” in events.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan called for the public to remain “calm and vigilant”.

Two other women and three men received various injuries in the attack, Scotland Yard said. Two from the group remain in hospital while the other three people have since been discharged, the force added.

After receiving treatment in hospital the arrested man is now in police custody.

The Met’s assistant commissioner for specialist operations, Mark Rowley, said the force’s homicide command was leading the investigation into the attack, with support from the counter-terrorism unit.

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