“No evidence of radicalisation”: in other words, British authorities are continuing their absurd comic opera of pretending that there is no global jihad, no global jihadi entity that has repeatedly called for lone wolf attacks on civilians in the West and specifically mentioned knives as a weapon, no war in which Britain is currently engaged. No, none of that is happening. All this is is a criminal act by a man with “mental health issues.” Move along.
“Russell Square stabbings: Man arrested on suspicion of murder,” BBC, August 4, 2016:
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a US citizen was killed and five other people were injured in a knife attack in central London.
Police believe the attack in Russell Square on Wednesday was “spontaneous”, with victims “selected at random”.
The woman who died was thought to be in her 60s. The injured people were from Britain, America, Israel and Australia.
Police arrested a 19-year-old Norwegian national of Somali origin. They say there is no evidence of radicalisation.
The Met Police’s assistant commissioner for specialist operations, Mark Rowley, said the investigation was increasingly pointing to the attack being “triggered by mental health issues”.
He had earlier said the force was considering terrorism as a line of inquiry.
Mr Rowley, Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer, told a press conference it had been necessary to consider “all possibilities” following recent terror attacks across Europe.
Police said the man was arrested after a Taser was discharged by an officer.
Two other women and three men received various injuries in the attack, which happened near the Imperial Hotel at about 22:30 BST.
Two from the group remain in hospital while the other three have since been discharged. None have life-threatening injuries.
The US ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun, said of the woman who died: “Heartbreaking news that a U.S. citizen was killed in #RussellSquare attack. My prayers are with all the victims and their loved ones.”
After receiving treatment in hospital, the arrested man, who was detained in Bedford Place, is now in police custody in south London.
Norwegian police said in a statement the man had emigrated from Norway in 2002 and they were assisting London police.
The Met said an address had been searched by officers in north London on Thursday morning and another will be searched in south London.
Jodie Parry, who witnessed the events unfold from her hotel window, said she saw a man running down the street.
“I could hear the policeman screaming ‘stop, don’t move, don’t go any further, just stay where you are’, and he turned round and continued running,” she said.
She added that the man was carrying a knife and had blood on his hands.
Paul Ó Geibheannaigh, who lives near to the square, said he had seen the body of the woman “on the pavement” and the area was surrounded by a “heavy armed police presence”….