DEVELOPING: Details are slowly rolling in about a man who attacked several people with a knife in central London Wednesday night. He killed one woman, and has injured at least five more. Police are describing it as a “possible” terror attack.
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Police were called to Russell Square at 10:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. ET). They were responding to reports of an “armed man,” which–in England–doesn’t always mean big guns. In fact, most of the British police don’t carry guns, because this sort of thing isn’t supposed to happen in countries with really restrictive gun laws.
When they arrived, they found the injured people, and the woman who was already dead. The suspect, who was still on his rampage, was less than cooperative with the authorities. So they tazed him. After, he was more willing to comply with their demands, and he was dutifully arrested.
The incident happened in a major tourist area–Russell Square–which is near the British Museum in central London, and is close to where four bombings killed 52 people on July 7, 2005.
A statement form the British police stated the obvious. “Terrorism is one possibility being explored at this stage,” the statement read.
The statement said that more Bobbies had been sent to the area “to provide reassurance.” The timing of this stabbing spree is a bit ironic. The police had announced the same day that 600 armed officers (armed with actual guns) would be on patrol all over London in an attempt to ward off any potential terrorist attacks.
Could this be the continuation of the terrorist activity that has rapidly spread across continental Europe? Authorities have been waiting for it, knowing it is an inevitability.
It is worth noting that the suspected terrorist in this case was apprehended before a prolonged shootout, or the detonation of a bomb.