BREAKING: 1 DEAD, 5 injured in mass stabbing; Terror feared

In what is becoming far too frequent an occurrence, we have news of a deadly stabbing from central London this evening.

Authorities are investigating terrorism as a possible motive.

More from the BBC:

A woman has died and five others were injured in a knife attack in Russell Square, central London.

Police and ambulance crews were called at 22:33 BST on Wednesday to reports of a man in possession of a knife and injuring people.

Up to six injured people were found at the scene; one woman was pronounced dead a short time later.

The man was arrested at 22:39; a taser was discharged by one of the arresting officers.

Terrorism is one possible motive being explored, the Metropolitan Police say.

Eyewitnesses have reported a police forensics tent has been erected on Southampton Row, outside the park in the centre of the square, which is close to the British Museum.

The condition of those injured and the extent of their injuries is not known at present.

The spree came just hours after police announced an additional 600 armed officers would be deployed across London following recent terror attacks in continental Europe.

Terror attacks within just the past couple of weeks include the truck attack in Nice, France, which left 84 people dead and 308 injured; the axe attack on 20 train passengers in Bavaria, Germany, leaving four injured; and the Munich shootings, which killed ten and left 36 injured.

London itself is no stranger to terror attacks. Russell Square, located near the British Museum in the Bloomsbury section of London, is close to the site of two of the four terrorist bombings that killed 52 people in London on July 7, 2005.

While we don’t yet know for certain the motive of tonight’s attacker, we can be certain that increased gun control would not have prevented it.

[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]


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