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Man arrested over mass London stabbing

Press Association logoPress Association 4/08/2016

A 19-year-old man has been arrested over a mass stabbing in central London in which a woman was killed, with police saying terrorism remains one line of inquiry.

The 19-year-old is under guard in hospital after a woman in her 60s was killed and five people were injured in Russell Square late on Wednesday night.

London police say mental health was "a significant factor" in the knife attack although the counter-terrorism unit is working on the investigation with the homicide command.

Shortly after the attack, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Terrorism is one possibility being explored at this stage".

It's still not known what condition the other persons injured in the incident are in or the nature of their injuries.

Police were called to Russell Square at 10.33pm after reports of a man seen in possession of a knife injuring people.

At 10.39pm a man was arrested and a Taser was discharged by one of the arresting officers, the Met said.

Extra police have been deployed in the area near the British Museum in Bloomsbury to provide reassurance.

The incident occurred in the same area as where one of the 7/7 bombs detonated in 2005. And it comes just hours after the Met unveiled more armed officers in the capital, The Daily Mail reports.

Paul Hutchinson, a taxi driver, told the publication he could see "loads of armed police, cars with lights on and the body on the floor".

"You drove past Russell Square and the road wasn't shut but the pavement was all taped off by police, lots of armed police, lots of cars and the body was just lying on the floor," he said.

"You could see the boots sticking out from under the cloth."

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