- Woman in her 60s dies after knife attack in Russell Square
- Two other women and three men also injured in rampage
- Suspect, 19, under guard in hospital after arrest at scene
- Police confirm terrorism ‘line of inquiry we should explore’
- Scotland Yard says mental health ‘significant factor’ in attack
A 19-year-old man is under guard in hospital after a woman was killed and five people were injured in a London knife attack as police probe possible links to terrorism.
The woman, who is believed to have been in her 60s, died and two women and three men received “various injuries” in the attack in Russell Square late on Wednesday.
The Metropolitan Police said they are keeping an open mind over the motive behind the attack, understood to have taken place near the Imperial Hotel, and said terrorism was “one line of inquiry that we should explore”
The killing is currently being investigated by the Met’s homicide team with the support of the force’s Counter Terrorism Command.
However, Scotland Yard said early indications suggested “mental health is a significant factor in this case”.
The suspect, whose identity has not been released, was arrested after officers fired a Taser.