Authorities say mental health was a “significant factor” in the London knife attack that killed one person and injured five others Wednesday night, though terrorism has not yet been ruled out. The suspected attacker, identified only as a 19-year-old, has been taken into custody after being tasered by police. He is currently under police watch at a hospital, according to a statement from Metropolitan police.
The stabbing spree at London’s Russell Square at around 10:30 p.m. local time has prompted extra police patrols in the city starting on Thursday. The patrols will include armed officers, and residents have been urged to “remain calm, alert and vigilant” in light of the attack. Although investigators have said they believe mental health issues may have influenced the attacker, terrorism has not yet been ruled out. The identifies of the victims have not yet been released, but the woman who died was reported to have been in her 60s, and of those injured, two were women and three were men. Read more at THE GUARDIAN.