American woman killed in London knife attack, several others hurt

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LONDON (AP) – London police say an American woman has died and five others were injured in a knife attack in a central part of the city.

A statement from the London Metropolitan Police early Thursday said the attack happened late Wednesday in Russell Square, which is near to the British Museum. It said six people were treated at the scene, and that the woman later died.

The statement said one man was arrested, and that a police officer had used a Taser stun gun.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley told reporters the woman was in her 60s, but gave no other details.

He said the arrested man was 19 years old and in police custody in a hospital. “Early indications suggest that mental health is a significant factor in this case and that is one major line of inquiry,” Rowley said.

He said the investigation was at an early stage, and that “terrorism as a motivation” was also a line of inquiry for police to explore.

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