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A knife attack in London has left one woman dead and five people injured

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London’s Russell Square tube station.
By Josh Horwitz
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London is the most recent city in Europe to suffer a mass public attack.

According to a London police statement, authorities received calls around 10:30PM local time on Wednesday, August 3 stating that a man holding a knife was stabbing people in Russell Square.

Upon arrival at the scene, police identified several injured people. One woman was pronounced dead. A possible suspect was arrested almost immediately.

Update (7.30AM ET): In a statement, London’s Metropolitan Police said that a Norwegian national of Somali origin has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the attack. Police say that they have found “no evidence of radicalization” or anything that would suggest the act was motivated by terrorism.

“Whilst the investigation is not yet complete, all of the work that we have done so far increasingly points to this tragic incident as having been triggered by mental health issues,” Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said.

The victim was an American national.

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