Friday, 5 August 2016

Russell Square 'knifeman’ has been named as Somali-born Zakaria Bulhan aged 19

Russell Square 'knifeman' who is accused of stabbing 64-year-old woman to death and injuring five others in a busy London street last night has been named as Somali-born Zakaria Bulhan who is aged 19. His victim has also been 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. 

As well as killing Ms Horton, Zakariah 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. 

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.

Zakaria is said to be suffering possible 'mental health issues' when he allegedly launched the shocking mass stabbing. He has been described as a 'quiet, shy pupil who was bullied at his London secondary school.’ He moved to the UK from Norway in 2002.

Take down: The moment the knifeman is tackled by police on the street outside Russell Square

Captured: Chanel Britton, 19, of Barnsley, captured the moment the 19-year-old Somali teenager who came to the UK from Norway was pinned down by police after he murdered one American and injured five other passers-by

Remembered: Bunches of flowers and single roses have been left against the fence where the American victim died last night

Officers pinned the suspect to the floor and checked him for other weapons

Officers pinned the suspect to the floor and checked him for other weapons before also checking him with a torch

Police were at the scene in five minutes and managed to disarm the man with a Taser and arresting himPolice were at the scene in five minutes and managed to disarm the man with a Taser and arresting him

Swamped: Dozens of police officers were in the square within six minutes of the first 999 call - but tragically the American victim stabbed in the back could not be saved

Fight for life: Emergency services tend to the American woman who would later die from her injuries

Tragedy: The female victim's body, a US citizen, lay under this tent surrounded by medical equipment used as paramedics fought to save her

Terror: The body of a woman in her 60s is taken from the scene at Russell Square this morning where a knifeman killed her as she walked along the street

Ring of steel: Scotland Yard has sent dozens of armed officers on to the streets today, including on Russell Square, pictured, to reassure the public - and protect if there is any other incident

Battling: Police and paramedics raced to deal with the incident that saw five people injured as well as the one woman killed

Police and paramedics are pictured at the scene following the mass stabbing in Russell Square at around 10.30pm last night 

Clear-up: An officer collects the blood-stained clothes of the victims as the man who stabbed them remains under police guard today

Held: This is the area of Russell Square where the killer was Tasered and arrested, where he dropped the murder weapon

Shocking: The woman's body remained on the pavement at the scene with a forensics tent covering it until the early this morning, when it was covered and taken into a waiting ambulance

Murder: This is the spot where the woman in her sixties died last night on pavement in Russell Square which was still covered in blood this morning

Crime scene: Police have sealed off this section of Russell Square, one of London's busiest areas, and was packed with tourists heading to their hotels after a night in the West End

Clean up: Council workers wash blood from the pavement on Russell Square today as police took down the forensics tent

Fresh security:  Officers with sniffer dogs have been put on duty at train stations including Kings Cross, pictured today

Uniformed armed officers were across the capital today including on patrol at Horse Guard's ParadeArmed police officers patrol at the scene of a stabbing in Russell Square

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