Revealed: Somali roots of suspect held over Russell Square knife rampage
The teenager held for allegedly stabbing to death a woman in Russell Square has been identified as a Norwegian national of Somali origin.
Police have also confirmed that the woman stabbed to death last night in the bloody attack was an American national in her 60s.
She was pronounced dead at the scene while five others – four men and a woman - were taken to hospital with injuries.
The Norwegian teenager, 19, was arrested by officers after they tasered him to the ground at the scene, near to the British Museum and UCL’s main campus. He is now being held on suspicion of murder.
Police said early indicatons suggest mental health played a “significant factor” in the attack but terrorism remains “an active line of inquiry”.
The others injured were British, American, Israeli and Australian, confirmed Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley. Three have now been discharged from hospital.
The suspect had been screaming moments earlier, one onlooker said. (let me guess...something beginning with A?)
Another eyewitness, Zuhair Awartani, added: “I arrived here at my hotel and I saw the guy getting arrested just on the block.
“There were two police cars and he was a man ... late 20s probably.”
One witness claimed she saw what she believed was the suspect “parading up and down” the street before the police arrived. (not the actions of a garden variety murderer. That behaviour suggests the killer takes pride in his actions, that they were conscious, rational and pre-meditated)
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Consider the #currentyear positives - this is a very diverse attack, even the jewish community was included.
SomaliaGood news though, just ten minutes in a liberal Western country and a poor oppressed man 'suffering from mental health issues' (yeah right) will see the error of his ways and adopt democracy!
Leader: President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
Population: 11.1 million (Hundreds of Christians)
Main Religion: Islam
Government: Federal republic
World Watch List Rank: 7
Source of Persecution: Islamic extremism/Tribal antagonism
If a Christian is discovered in Somalia, they are unlikely to live to see another day.
Just the suspicion that someone is a Christian can lead to a rushed beheading. A Christian man was shot dead in Bosaso in February 2015 because sheikhs (Islamic leaders) suspected him of 'propagating Christianity'. At least ten Christians were forced to flee the country and ten others went into hiding to avoid the same fate. The militant Islamist group al-Shabaab has declared it 'wants Somalia free of all Christians'.