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London Stabbing Attack: Suspect's Mental Health Under Investigation

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By    |   Friday, 05 Aug 2016 06:23 AM

A London stabbing attack on Wednesday left one American dead and five other people injured in Russell Square, where a Norwegian national of Somali origin was subsequently arrested.

According to BBC News, police said they believe the suspect, 19, attacked his victims at random in central London and that the act appeared to be "spontaneous." The American woman killed has not been identified, but was believed to be in her 60s.

Other victims were from Britain, Israel, Australia, and America. Authorities told the BBC News that there is currently no evidence that the man was radicalized. He may have been triggered by mental health issues, it was reported.

The Guardian reported that two victims were still hospitalized Thursday and that their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said that the suspect's mental health status was still a critical part of the investigation.

"Our investigation is moving very quickly and our detectives have been working hard throughout the night," Hogan-Howe said. "As we have already made clear, mental health remains a substantial focus for our investigation."

"Every day in London, my officers patrol and carry out operations to catch criminals in the knowledge that they face risk and danger. I am proud that last night our specialist firearms officers were on the scene in six minutes and, using only a Taser, detained the subject. … Their swift response undoubtedly helped to prevent more people from getting injured," he continued.

Beyond the mental health claims, the Independent reported Thursday that police have not completely ruled out "terrorism as a motivation." The Metropolitan Police said it will put additional officers in the street as a "precautionary measure" and provide reassurance to the public.

Police said that the public was urged to remain "calm, vigilant, and alert."

"We're not just talking about mental health here; we're talking about vulnerable individuals within the community," Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Metropolitan Police Service Counter Terrorism Command, said in June about people who are likely inspired by Islamic State messages. "As a result of what I would call inspiration as a result of (ISIS) propaganda, we are seeing more and more lone actors."

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A London stabbing attack on Wednesday left one American dead and five other people injured in Russell Square, where a Norwegian national of Somali origin was subsequently arrested.
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