February 25, 2020

AMERICAN Woman Butchered on London Street by MUSLIM Attacker

The dead woman is American.

“No link to terrorism.” Everybody knows. Knife jihad attacks are raging across the world. If islam is a mental illness, then he was mentally ill.

And calling the murderer a “Norwegian” is egregious. He is a Somali Muslim.

Russell Square attack: American woman stabbed to death in London rampage by ‘mentally ill’ Norwegian-Somalian knifeman as police find no link to terrorism

By Danny Boyle Nicola Harley Chiara Palazzo, The Telegraph, August 4, 2016:

US woman in 60s dies after knife attack in Russell Square

An American woman in her 60s has been killed after being repeatedly stabbed in the back by a knifeman in a central London rampage as police rowed back on terrorism as a potential motive and said the attack was probably triggered by mental health issues.

The US citizen was knifed by the “large man” – who was reportedly wearing black shorts and a white t-shirt – as he silently and indiscriminately attacked pedestrians in Russell Square on Wednesday night.

She was helped by a family of Spanish tourists as she lay slumped against railings after being targeted by the knifeman, who witnesses said did not say a word as he also stabbed a man in his 40s in the chest and a woman in her 20s in the arm.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, having received treatment in hospital under armed guard after a Taser was discharged as he was detained by police shortly after 10.30pm.

The suspect is a Norwegian national of Somalian origin, but no evidence has been found of radicalisation, Scotland Yard’s head of counter-terrorism Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said.

Police had earlier said they were keeping an open mind over the motive behind the attack – which took place in a popular central London tourist area close to the scene of the July 7 London bus bombing in 2005 – and said terrorism was “one line of inquiry that we should explore”.

The woman's body is removed from the scene in Russell Square
The woman’s body is removed from the scene in Russell Square Credit: Zui Mok/PA

But Mr Rowley said that so far no evidence has been found of radicalisation that would suggest the man in custody was “in any way motivated by terrorism”.

Mr Rowley said specialist detectives from murder and terrorism teams had been working on the case throughout the night.

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He added: “Whilst the investigation is not yet complete, all of the work we have done so far increasingly points to this tragic incident as having been triggered by mental health issues.

“At this time, we believe this was a spontaneous attack and that the victims were selected at random.”

It was also revealed in the statement on Thursday afternoon that the woman killed in the attack was American. Those injured are Australian, American, Israeli and British.

The scene as emergency service workers attend to the woman who had been stabbed in Russell Square
The scene as emergency service workers attend to the woman who had been stabbed in Russell Square Credit: Rehana Azam/SWNS

The suspect, whose identity has not been released, was arrested after officers fired a Taser. No other shots were fired.

After receiving treatment at hospital under guard, he remains in custody at south London police station.

As a result of the attack, armed police and other officers will be deployed on the streets of London on Thursday as a “precautionary measure” to provide reassurance, the Met said as it urged the public to remain “calm, vigilant and alert”.

Armed police in Russell Square on Thursday morning
Armed police in Russell Square on Thursday morning Credit: Frank Augstein/AP

Police were called to Russell Square, a popular tourist area near the British Museum in Bloomsbury and the scene of one of the London 7/7 bombings, shortly after 10.30pm to reports of a man armed with a knife assaulting people.

Among the first to raise the alarm was a cyclist on his way home from work, who phoned police after being flagged down by a Spanish family who stopped to help the victims.

The 40-year-old Brazilian witness said he was told the attacker had been making “sweeping, stabbing motions” as he “slashed out” with a blade, but “didn’t say anything”.

“They said that when he stabbed the people he didn’t shout or scream anything”, he added.

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The man, who gave his name only as Fernando, said: “I saw a white woman slumped against the railings with injuries and she was being helped by a young Spanish girl who looked around 16 years old.

“She had been stabbed in the back several times, and I called 999. An Englishman, in his mid 40s, had been stabbed in the ribs under his left armpit.

“He said ‘I’m okay, I’m okay please help the woman’ but I don’t think he realised he was so seriously injured. I ran across the street to a bar to call for help.

“The attacker was apparently stabbing and waving his knife at random – making a lunge in towards people’s legs. The victim wasn’t with anyone, she was on her own.

“The attacker… wasn’t shouting anything and after he stabbed them he ran off down the street towards Russell Street Tube station.”

A police officer lays flowers left by a member of the public close to the scene of the attack
A police officer lays flowers left by a member of the public close to the scene of the attack Credit: WILL OLIVER/EPA

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe vowed to “protect  our capital and those who live, work and visit our city” after the stabbings, adding: “A normal night out in our busy capital has ended in  horrific circumstances.”

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, called for the public to remain “calm and vigilant” and said his “heart goes out to the victims of the incident in Russell Square and their loved ones” as he cut short a Mediterranean family holiday to return to the capital.

Police forensic officers at the scene in Russell Square
Police forensic officers at the scene in Russell Square Credit:  Yui Mok/PA
Scenes of crime officers in Russell Square, a popular tourist area near the British Museum in Bloomsbury
Scenes of crime officers in Russell Square, a popular tourist area near the British Museum in Bloomsbury Credit: Yui Mok/PA
Police stand guard on Thursday morning at the scene of the attack 
Police stand guard on Thursday morning at the scene of the attack  Credit: WILL OLIVER/EPA

Paramedics had given the woman “extensive treatment” at the scene, but she could not be saved.

The five injured people were all taken to hospital for treatment, the London Ambulance Service said.

Police officers guard the scene on Wednesday night after one woman died and several were injured
Police officers guard the scene on Wednesday night after one woman died and several were injured Credit: WILL OLIVER/EPA

Three people were discharged on Thursday morning, as the other two remained in hospital. Their are injuries are said to not be life-threatening.

Witnesses described seeing armed police flood the area in the wake of the attack and officers established a large cordon to seal off the square where a forensics tent was later seen. The cordon had been largely lifted by Thursday morning.

The crime scene in Russell Square opposite the Imperial Hotel on Thursday morning
The crime scene in Russell Square opposite the Imperial Hotel on Thursday morning Credit: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty

The attack came on the day that Scotland Yard announced it was to put more armed officers on public patrol as part of anti-terrorism plans.

On Sunday, Metropolitan Police chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe warned that a terror attack in the UK was a case of “when, not if”.

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