An American woman in her 60s was knifed to death and five others injured during a bloodbath attack carried out by a Norwegian-Somali Muslim man in central London last night.
Witnesses described victims “screaming and covered in blood” following the rampage in which the woman was brutally knifed by a man around 10.30pm. Police sources confirmed the attacker hailed from Norway and is of Somali descent – and added that he has shown no signs of radicalisation.
Other terrified onlookers described the crazed knifeman chasing pedestrians and “lunging for anyone he could see” as police confirmed mental health was a likely factor.
A 19-year-old Muslim man was arrested at the scene after being tasered by police in Russell Square as officers yelled: “Put it down.” It comes as dramatic footage emerges of the suspect being arrested by police last night.
Witnesses reported the dying woman’s final words were: “He’s still here, he’s still here.”
Those injured were British, Australian, Israeli and another American.
London’s Muslim mayor Sadiq Khan urged people to remain “calm and vigilant”. The horrific incident happened just yards from where one of the 7/7 terror attack bombs detonated in 2005.
One witness described a “chubby” white man in a t-shirt and shorts acting suspiciously. Fernando, 40, a paralegal from Brazil, said: “I was cycling by and people screamed at me to stop. It was a Spanish family who approached me.
“It was a mother and father and two sisters. Then I saw a white lady, in her sixties, slumped against the railings. “She had her head in a Spanish woman’s lap, the lady, who was trying to keep her alive by talking to her. They were not related, I think the Spanish family were just passing by.
“She had been stabbed in the back. She was bleeding. There was an English man who was white, I’d say around 45. He had been stabbed in the side.
“Then there was another lady. I didn’t know her nationality but I think she was white. She was in her twenties. She had been stabbed in her arm. source