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  1. Updates on Thursday 4 August 2016

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  1. Russell Square eyewitness: 'It's so sad'

    Shyam Sanghani who runs Imperial News and Gifts right opposite the attack scene said: "You don't expect it to happen. It's so sad.

    "We had more armed police being announced yesterday and then this today - it's scary and it makes you think. We've been here a long time and to have two incidents is awful. This is our home." 

    Shyam Sanghani
  2. What we know about the Russell Square attacks

    • A man targeted six people with a knife in Russell Square, central London, at about 22:30 last night
    • An American woman, believed to have been in her 60s, was fatally stabbed. Matthew Barzun, US ambassador to the UK, described the news as "heartbreaking" in a tweet, adding: "My prayers are with all the victims and their loved ones."
    •  A 19-year-old man, a Norwegian national of Somali origin, has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He emigrated from Norway in 2002.
    • Two women and three men suffered "various injuries" in the attack, with two remaining in hospital and the other three discharged. None is in a life-threatening condition. Those injured are Australian, American, Israeli and British.
    •  The victims were selected at random in a "spontaneous" rampage and no evidence has been found that the attack was motivated by terrorism, Scotland Yard said.
    • London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for the public to remain "calm and vigilant".
  3. Couple saw murder scene as they returned from theatre

    A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a US citizen in her 60s was killed and five other people were injured in a knife attack in Russell Square.

    Emma and Mark Pigdon visiting the capital from County Durham were their way back from the theatre when they saw the incident unfolding.

    Russell Square

    Emma said: "We just saw a woman lying on the street. She looked like she had a pattern on her clothes but it turned out to be blood.

    "She was a really small lady, really slight, which made me think she was a teenager. We were shocked when we later heard she was in her 60s."

  4. Aerials show stabbing investigation

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    Video caption: Aerials show stabbing investigation around Russell Square
  5. Russell Square eyewitness: 'I thought it was a motorcycle accident'

    Philippa Bagley saw the aftermath of the attack in London's Russell Square yesterday.

    She was staying at the nearby Hotel President and was outside having a cigarette when she saw what she thought was the result of a road accident.

    "It just looked like someone had collapsed or come off their bike. I thought it was maybe a motorcycle accident. It didn't look frantic at all but just Lots of people standing around."  

    Philippa Bagley
  6. Met steps up patrols in central London today 'as a precautionary measure'

    Officer on patrol in central London

    In his press conference earlier, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, said: "This attack will cause concern.

    "So as a precautionary measure we have increased the number of officers out on the streets today and that will continue for as long as we need it to.

    "I want everyone who is out and about in London today - our residents; businesses or visitors - to know that the Met is totally committed to doing everything we can do to protect you."

  7. Flowers being laid where American was killed

    Russell Square

    As the day has gone on, members of the public and representatives of local businesses have being laying floral tributes at the scene where the American woman was killed. 

    No personal messages were attached to the flowers, some of which carried general messages of condolences.

    Flowers left at Russell Square
  8. Camden Council leader urges calm and vigilance

    Police in Russell Square in the borough of Camden
    Image caption: Police in Russell Square in the Borough of Camden

    Councillor Sarah Hayward, leader of Camden Council, the authority which covers Bloomsbury, said: “I am deeply saddened by the terrible incident in Russell Square. My thoughts are with the victims, and their families and friends.

    “I’ve spoken to Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe this morning who has updated me on the investigation. I would like to thank the police for their response to this difficult situation and acknowledge the hard work they are now engaged in to investigate the incident. They have the council’s full support. “The safety of everyone who lives or works in Camden, as well as those who are visiting, is our priority. While tragic incidents such as last night’s are rare, I do urge people to report anything suspicious to the police. Please remain calm while we continue to work with the police, other emergency services and the Mayor of London to reassure our communities.”

  9. Israeli among injured in Russell Square stabbing attack

    The Jewish Chronicle

    An Israeli tourist was injured in the stabbing attack in central London.

    A spokesperson for the embassy of Israel confirmed one of the victims was an Israeli woman on holiday in the UK visiting friends and family.

  10. Suspect emigrated Norway in 2002 - says Norwegian Police

    Norwegian Police say they are helping their Met Police counterparts with their investigation into last night's murder and stabbings.

    They can confirm, however, that the suspect is a Norwegian citizen but who left Norway in 2002, when he was about five years old.

  11. Footage of knife suspect on the ground

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    Video caption: Video of police and the suspect following Russell Square attacks
  12. Houses searched following Russell Square attack

    Mark Rowley

    This morning officers searched an address in north London and will search another in south London. 

    Mark Rowley, Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer, said: "I emphasise that so far we have found no evidence of radicalisation that would suggest the man in our custody is in any way motivated by terrorism.

    "The suspect is a Norwegian national, of Somali origin. I stress though that all the work we have done so far does not suggest that those factors in his background are relevant to the motivation for his actions."

  13. Watch: Metropolitan Police statement on knife attacks

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    Video caption: In a statement, the Met Police confirm that the murdered woman is from the US
  14. Jeremy Corbyn praises police actions

    Jeremy Corbyn

    In a speech in Dagenham earlier, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "We should express our sympathies to the family of the poor woman who was stabbed to death last night in Russell Square and thank the police for the action they took very quickly to make the area safe."

    "I would urge no-one to speculate on the reasons or the causes for it, but to be grateful that we have efficient emergency services that were able to bring about some safety for that area at the present time," he said.

  15. 'We believe this was a spontaneous attack' - police

    As well as revealing details about the suspect and victims, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley has revealed more details about the investigation:

    Mark Rowley

    "The investigation is fast paced and we are making urgent progress.

    "While the investigation is not yet complete, all of the work that we have done so far increasingly points as having been triggered by mental health issues.

    "At this time we believe this was a spontaneous attack and that the victims were selected at random."

    He also described how police had "searched addresses in north London" and we will search another in south London.

    "I emphasise that so far we have found no evidence of radicalisation that would suggest that the man in our custody is in any way motivated by terrorism," he added.

  16. Condition of victims 'not life threatening'

    Mr Rowley said the injured victims "are not in a life threatening condition".

  17. Suspect a Norwegian national of Somali origin

    The 19-year-old who has been held on suspicion of murder is "a Norwegian national of Somali origin", Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said.

  18. BreakingMurdered woman was from the US

    The Met have confirmed the woman killed in last night's attack was from the US.

    Assistant commissioner for specialist operations Mark Rowley said the other five injured are from UK, USA, Israel and Australia.