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1 Dead, 5 Injured in London Knife Attack: Police

One woman is dead, and 5 injured after a man carrying a knife attacked people in London's Russell Square late Wednesday night, Metropolitan Police said.

"A man was arrested at 22:39 hours and a Taser was discharged by one of the arresting officers," police said in a statement.

The man is 19 years old, but his name was not released. At a press conference early Thursday morning, Metropolitan Police Asst. Commissioner Mark Rowley said "early indications in this investigation is that mental health played a significant role in the attack."

But police said terrorism is still one of several scenarios being considered.

"terrorism is one possibility being explored at this stage."

Police officers and London Ambulance Service attended to the scene. Additional police units have been deployed to the area to "provide reassurance," police said.

Large police presence around Russell Square, allegedly due to gang violence… pic.twitter.com/7RnDwFnhq6

— Jeremy Cheng (@jezze_0410) August 3, 2016

The female victim — who was in her 60s, police said — was treated at the scene but was pronounced dead a short time later.

"We await an update on the condition of the other persons injured and details of any other injuries," police said.

Officers are currently on scene at #RussellSquare. Up to six people injured and one person has died

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) August 4, 2016

A man has been detained and arrested by police #RussellSquare https://t.co/jsPqqqeOJa

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) August 4, 2016

ABC News' William Gretsky contributed to this report.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.


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