The one who assailed several passers-by in Russell Square, London, seems to be a 19 year old with serious mental problems. The attack took place near the British Museum, an area densely frequented by tourists. It is the same area where blew up one of the simultaneously detonated bombs in London on 7 July 2005 (on three different trains in the subway), which killed 52 people.
On Wednesday alone, the leaders of the London Police announced they were strengthening security measures and increasing the number of armed officers in service on the streets from 600 to 2,800 units, “to protect the public against any kind of threat,” in the light of the events that have taken place in Europe in the last few years. Five people were injured in the attack and a 60-year-old woman, who had been rescued on the spot, died due to severe injuries afterwards.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, urged Londoners to remain calm, stressing the excellent work the police is doing. The agents were alerted by a phone call about a man in Russell Square, who was threatening and insulting passersby with a knife in his hand. According to information provided by the authorities, the young man was “swiftly immobilized” with a taser – that is, an electric gun -. Then they took him to the hospital. In the morning, the young man was dismissed from the hospital and taken into custody on charge of murder.