Woman dead, several injured after mass stabbing in London

Posted at 7:30 PM, Aug 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 22:55:53-04

LONDON – One woman is dead and up to six other people are injured after a knife-wielding man attacked bystanders in Central London, according police.

The mass stabbing happened at Russell Square Wednesday evening. A female victim was treated at the scene but pronounced dead shortly after, the Metropolitan Police said.

The injured are currently undergoing treatment, their conditions are not yet known.

Police arrested a man around 10:40 p.m. after one of the officers fired  his Taser. Police have not yet publicly identified him.

The motive in the stabbing spree is unclear, but police said that “terrorism is one possibility being explored at this stage.”

See the full police statement below:

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.