London Stabbing Leaves One Dead and Injures Six: Report
Police say mental health played a role in the attack.
A mass stabbing in Central London, England has left one woman dead and six others injured, according to a report.
The incident occurred at Russell Square around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday when a man began stabbing people in the area, the Guardian reports.
Medics provided on scene aid to a woman that was stabbed, but she reportedly died shortly after.
According to the Guardian, the suspect, a 19-year-old male, was arrested. Although police originally investigated terrorism as a motive, they have now reportedly said that mental health seemingly played a “significant” role in the attack.
However, for “reassurance and safety,” police told the news outlet that additional officers would be present around London.
“Early indications suggest mental health is a significant factor in this case and that is one major line of inquiry,” Mark Rowley, Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer, reportedly said. “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.”
Witnesses who were in the area at the time, but didn’t actually see the stabbing, told the outlet that they “came around the corner and there were armed police everywhere … a massive police presence … and a corpse lying in the street covered in a blanket.”
Authorities are still awaiting updates on the status of the others injured.