Members of the public are mocking the police for pursuing ‘poor mental health’ as the primary line of inquiry into the stabbings that took place in London’s Russell Square last night. An American woman was killed in the attack, and five others injured. This morning, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley of the Metropolitan Police told reporters: “While the investigation is not yet complete all of the work we have done so far, increasingly points to this tragic incident as having been triggered by mental health issues. Indeed at this time we believe it was a spontaneous attack and the victims were selected at random.”
He added that no link has been found to radicalisation, ruling out
terrorism as a cause. The perpetrator has been confirmed to be
a 19-year-old man “of Somali origin” with Norwegian citizenship.
But many are sceptical of the official reason given for the attack,
particularly given the speed of the diagnosis combined with the
perpetrator’s background. Others suspect the police and media of using
mental health as a cover for the perpetrator’s likely adherence to