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American citizen in her 60s has died and five others injured after knifeman, 19, ‘went on the rampage’
Police called to Russell Square at 10.30pm last night after witnesses say screaming victims tried to flee
One witness said: ‘There was a madman running around with a knife just lunging at people randomly and stabbing them. He was just going for anyone he could see’
Tourist Chanel Britton, 19, captured moment teenage murder suspect was pinned down by eight officers
Somali, who Tasered and spent night in hospital before being taken to a South London police station
Other victims are British, American, Israeli and Australian. Two are in hospital and three were discharged
Scotland Yard said knifeman has ‘significant mental health issues’ and now believe it was not terror related
Vile ISIS supporters still celebrate Russell Square bloodbath in ‘centre of Christendom’
This is the moment a mentally ill Norwegian of Somali origin was pinned to the ground after he murdered an American woman and injured five pedestrians on a knife rampage in Russell Square last night.
His victim, a US citizen in her 60s, said ‘he’s still here’ as she used her final words to warn others their lives were also in danger, a witness told MailOnline today.
She died in a pool of blood as she was cradled by a family of Spanish tourists, as the 19-year-old silently stabbed pedestrians in the back, side and arms who were left ‘screaming and covered in blood’.
Police were called at 10.30pm last night and Chanel Britton, 19, of Barnsley, who was staying in one of Russell Square’s many hotels, captured the moment up to eight officers searched him after being Tasered to the ground.
The teenager, a Somali who came to Britain from Norway aged five, was arrested on suspicion of murder and he spent the night in hospital before being moved to a south London police station.
A witness, who used towels bought on an earlier shopping trip to stem the flow of blood, told MailOnline: ‘I was just trying to console her. The victim said something about: ‘He’s still here, he’s still here’ – after that she was not lucid. That’s when I saw someone. He was meandering about. He was very disturbed’.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and two women and three men – who were British, American, Israeli and Australian – were taken to hospital. Three have since been discharged.
The footage of his arrest emerged as Britain’s top anti-terror officer Mark Rowley said they have now interviewed the suspect, spoken to his family, searched his London home and liaised with MI5 and MI6 and believe it was a ‘spontaneous’ and ‘random’ attack, not ‘motivated by terrorism’.
Defending his decision to suggest terrorism as a motive earlier today he said: ‘You would expect us in the current climate to consider all possibilities’.
As police investigate the murder, it emerged:
- A 19-year-old of Somali origin, who came to the UK from Norway in 2002, has been arrested on suspicion of murder after he stabbed six people in Russell Square at around 10.30pm last night.
- An American in her 60s was fatally injured. The others hurt were British, American, Israeli and Australian and all were treated in hospital. Three were discharged this morning. None are critically ill.
- Spanish family of four – believed to be on holiday in London – cradled the woman as she died on the pavement, and victim’s last words were to warn them: ‘He’s still here’ before she fell unconscious
- Witnesses say killer was slashing ‘anyone he could see’ with his knife before he was Tasered by police.
- Britain’s top anti-terror officer Mark Rowley said detectives had considered terrorist motive but now stabbings appear to be ‘triggered by mental health issues’. MI5 and MI6 have no record of killer being an extremist
- Scotland Yard has sent out armed units to patrol the streets as London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged the public to remain ‘calm and vigilant’.
Brazilian Fernando, 40, who was cycling through the square at the same time said the killer was slashing at people with his knife in complete silence.
The killer’s blade was abandoned on the pavement next to the body of the unnamed victim, which remained under a forensics tent overnight and was taken away by ambulance this morning.
The Met has sent scores of armed officers on to the streets of London – including members of its new elite counter-terror unit – to reassure the public and in case there is a new attack.
The attacker has struck at the heart of London’s tourist centre, packed with hotels. At 10.30pm, when he stabbed his victims, the area was full of people who had enjoyed a night in the West End.
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