One woman and six other individuals have been reportedly stabbed in busy Russell Square, central London – a region popular with tourists, locals and students. Police were called out at 10:30pm, and British media have already begun speaking to local people who witnessed the attack. Jeremy Cheng, who filmed police from a bar opposite Russell Square, told The Daily Star:
“There was a body lying on the pavement on the eastern edge of the square, and all the roads to the south and west of the square have been cordoned off. A woman with whom I spoke said that police told her that a gang of some sort was involved – and they fled south or south west. But that is just speculation.”
Twitter user Roeland Roovers also posted images of the aftermath of the attack.
— Roeland Roovers (@r0eland) August 4, 2016
British police have issued a statement following a stabbing incident in Russell Square, central London.
Police were called at 22:33 hours on Wednesday, 3 August to reports of a man seen in possession of a knife injuring people at Russell Square, WC1.
Officers attended the scene along with the London Ambulance Service.
Up to six people were found injured at the location.
A female (no further details) was treated at the scene but was pronounced dead a short time later.
We await an update on the condition of the other persons injured and details of any other injuries.
A man was arrested at 22:39 hours and a Taser was discharged by one of the arresting officers.
Additional police units have been deployed to the area to provide reassurance.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
+Terrorism is one possibility being explored at this stage.
Whilst nothing has been confirmed, Russell Square has been targeted by Muslim terrorists before, during the 7/7 bombings that killed 52 people.
UPDATE (03:57am, GMT):
Police say a 19-year-old man has been taken into custody.