UPDATE: Two Australians were injured in a knife attack in central London that claimed the life of a woman from the US.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed in a statement on Thursday that the Australians, a man and a woman, suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the violence in Russell Square on Wednesday night.
They have since been released from hospital.
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EARLIER: A woman has died and several others have been injured in a horror knife attack in central London.
Emergency crews raced to Russell Square just after 10.30pm local time after receiving reports multiple people had been injured in a mass stabbing.
In a statement, Metropolitan Police confirmed up to six people were found injured at the scene.
“Up to six people were found injured at the location. A female, 60, was treated at the scene but was pronounced dead a short time later.”
“Two other women and three men received various injuries in the attack..”
The suspect, a 19-year-old man, is currently in police custody at a London hospital after being arrested at the scene.
Police say mental health issues may have been a significant factor in the attack.
“Early indications suggest that mental health is a significant factor in this case and that is one major line of inquiry,” a statement by local police reads.
They have not completely ruled out terrorism however.
“But of course at this stage we should keep an open mind regarding motive and consequently, terrorism as a motivation remains but one line of inquiry for us to explore.”
It comes following a series of recent attacks in Europe, France and Germany.
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Officers are currently on scene at #RussellSquare. Up to six people injured and one person has died
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More to come.