Scotland Yard said that the Muslim knifeman has “significant mental health issues” and now believe it was not terror related. I think Scotland Yard has “significant mental health issues.”
This jihadi targeted tourists — those injured are Australian, American, Israeli and British.
The American woman stabbed to death in London was the wife of a university professor from Florida who was just hours away from flying home.
Darlene Horton was visiting the capital with husband Richard Wagner, who was teaching summer classes, when she was attacked in Russell Square at around 10.30pm on Wednesday. Florida State University said the couple had planned to return to their home in Tallahassee on Thursday.
Russell Square ‘knifeman’ named this evening as Somali-born Zakaria Bulhan, 19, from Tooting, south London
American victim revealed as Darlene Horton, 64, the wife of Florida professor, who was due to return to US today
Yovel Lewkowki, 18, also stabbed by ‘mentally-ill’ man when she tried to help him believing he had been attacked
The Israeli, from Tel Aviv, was on holiday in London and out for dinner when she was slashed across the hand
She told MailOnline: ‘I don’t know if’s fate but it’s a miracle. The woman standing next to me died before my eyes’
Police called to Russell Square at 10.30pm last night after crazed man ‘went on the rampage’ with kitchen knife
One witness said: ‘There was a madman running around with a knife just lunging at people randomly and stabbing them. He was just going for anyone he could see’
Scotland Yard said knifeman has ‘significant mental health issues’ and now believe it was not terror related
By Emma Glanfield and Gareth Davies and Ollie Gillman and Martin Robinson and Jake Wallis Simons and Flora Drury For Mailonline, 4 August 2016
Zakaria Bulhan, 19 (pictured as a schoolboy)
Zakaria Bulhan, 19, moved to the UK from Norway in 2002, and was said to be suffering possible ‘mental health issues’ when he allegedly began silently stabbing his unsuspecting victims in a busy London street last night.
His former friends from Graveney School in Tooting, south London, have now revealed how Chelsea football fan Bulhan was a quiet boy who was bullied in the early stages of secondary school.
One friend said: ‘He was quite quiet, but had friends. He was a little bullied but nothing too extreme.’
It came as his victim was revealed to be 64-year-old Darlene Horton – the wife of a Florida professor who was due to return to her native America later today.
Retired teacher Ms Horton has spent the last few weeks in the UK with her husband, psychology professor Richard Wagner, as part of a summer study programme and was enjoying her last night in the capital before they planned to fly back to their home in Tallahassee.
However, she was brutally stabbed to death with a kitchen knife at about 10.30pm in Russell Square last night.
The keen tennis player’s last words were ‘he’s still here, he’s still here’ as she tried to warn others of the attacker before she was found in a pool of blood after being stabbed in the back.
She could not be saved, despite the best efforts of paramedics, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses said her shocked husband sobbed nearby as her body lay sprawled on the pavement overnight.
The Somali-born Norwegian national accused of stabbing Ms Horton to death and injuring five others was said to be suffering possible ‘mental health issues’ when he allegedly launched the shocking mass stabbing.
As well as killing Ms Horton, the knifeman also injured five others including Israeli holidaymaker Yovel Levkowki, 18, who was slashed across the hand as she approached him to offer help after believing he was a victim.
She said she was lucky to be alive after watching the attacker go on to slaughter Ms Horton in front of her eyes.
‘I don’t know if it’s luck or fate but it’s a miracle,’ she said. ‘The woman standing next to me died before my eyes.’
Police said the other victims include a British man who remains in a ‘serious but stable’ condition after being stabbed in the stomach. An American man, who suffered chest wounds, an Australian woman who was stabbed in the back and an Australian man who was stabbed in the chest, were all discharged from hospital today.
Take down: The moment the knifeman is tackled by police on the street outside Russell Square
Tonight, Bulhan’s former friends claimed he had allegedly threatened to stab his friends two years ago after he started ‘acting strangely’.
She said: ‘They had been friends for five years roughly, but when everyone left Graveney they distanced themselves because he was acting odd – [making] weird threats.
‘He said to another mutual friend he wanted to stab his friends. But this apparently wasn’t true according to Zak. Apparently it was a joke.’
The classmate said he was not religious, adding: ‘He was quite quiet, but had friends. He was a little bullied but nothing too extreme.’
These recollections are years old. How can anyone claim it was not jihad.
She said old schoolfriends of Bulhan had seen the news and were shocked to see his name linked to the incident.
Earlier today, police raided the south London council flat where he lived with his family. Neighbours of alleged knifeman said his mother was ‘really nice’ but knew little about her two sons.
The family live on the middle floor of a three-storey block of flats next to St George’s Hospital in Tooting.
As two uniformed police officers stood guard outside the flat today, the neighbour described how police have been coming in and out all day.
The unnamed woman said: ‘There was lots of policemen there this morning.The mother is always here. She’s really kind and friendly and always opened the door and got parcels for us.
‘They’re a Muslim family, the mother always wore a full black burka.
‘I asked the police what is happening but they can’t say at the moment. I heard lots of banging and noises and saw the police carrying out a black bag’.
The neighbour who lives above Bulhan’s flat heard a raid and saw ‘around 30 officers on the stairs.’
A downstairs neighbour confirmed that a mother and two young men live in the flat. He said: ‘I’ve only really spoken to them to say ‘hi’. The mother is very pleasant. She always asks after me and my mother.
‘I’ve never had a conversation with either of the two boys. Apparently they are Somalian but they all speak with an English accent. The mother is really quiet. She always has her hijab on but she’s a very pleasant woman and speaks proper English’.
The killer, a Somali who came to Britain from Norway in 2002, brutally stabbed to death the US citizen and knifed five others including Miss Levkowki, who had been out for dinner with her grandfather.
He was Tasered to the ground by police and pinned down by up to eight officers who were called to Russell Square. He was arrested on suspicion of murder and spent the night in hospital before being moved to a south London police station.
This evening, Florida State University paid tribute to Ms Horton – the wife of one of its professors.
FSU president John Thrasher said: ‘There are no words to express our heartache over this terrible tragedy.
‘We are shocked that such senseless violence has touched our own FSU family, and we will do all we can to assist Professor Wagner and his loved ones, as well as his friends and colleagues in the psychology department, as they mourn.’
Earlier, one witness told how she tried to use towels she had bought on an earlier shopping trip to stem the flow of blood from the American victim.
The woman, who did not wish to be named, told MailOnline: ‘I was just trying to console her. The victim said something about: ‘He’s still here, he’s still here’ – after that she was not lucid. That’s when I saw someone. He was meandering about. He was very disturbed’.
Searched: Officers pinned the suspect to the floor and checked him for other weapons before also checking him with a torch
Tributes: Several bunches of flowers were left against railings at the scene of the mass stabbing in Russell Square today
Describing what happened, victim Yovel Levkowki said: ‘I was afraid it was a terrorist incident, and I was sure that the two men fleeing from the event were victims.
‘I went to help the first one of the men and felt pain in my hand. I thought I just got hit, but it turned out he was stabbing me. The other man chasing him was trying to stop him, and in the end managed to catch him,’ she told Y Net.
Yovel was on holiday as a final celebration before starting her army service in five days’ time.
She and her grandfather were staying at a well-known hotel in Russell Square, and had just had dinner in a Thai restaurant nearby.
‘I saw a woman lying on the floor, covered in blood,’ she told Israeli media. ‘Her husband was supporting her.
‘Suddenly I discovered that I was bleeding. I looked and saw that the attacker stabbed me in the hand as I was running.
‘A man at the scene tried to calm me down, but he was also covered in blood and wounded by stabbing.
‘Within a few minutes, six police cars and an ambulance sealed off the area and began to help the wounded.
‘They tried to revive the woman covered in blood, but she had lost a lot of blood and within minutes she was dead.’
Yovel added that the dead woman’s husband was sitting in the street, stunned.
‘They even started to resuscitate the man who tried to calm me down,’ she said. ‘Luckily, he survived.’
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