London Stabbing: What is the Basis of Police Suspicion?

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Police in Russell Square  following the horrific attack. Photo courtesy: Alex Lentati/Evening Standard
Police in Russell Square  following the horrific attack. Photo courtesy: Alex Lentati/Evening Standard

A man went on a knife rampage through London’s Russell Square fatally stabbing a woman and injuring five others. Police arrested a 19-year-old Norwegian-Somali as a suspect but did not declare the basis of suspicion. 

According to a report by Associated Press, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said, “We have found no evidence of radicalization or anything that would suggest the man in our custody was in any way motivated by terrorism.” 

Yet, none of the news outlets have reported the reason behind the police suspicion. Did they find him with the incrementing weapon? None of the eyewitnesses gave details of the appearance of the suspect. One newspaper reported he was wearing a motorbike helmet. 

Yet, once again the suspect has been accepted as the convicted criminal as the media reports are endorsing it in the headlines. It has become usual now that either the terror or mass murder suspect is declared the terrorist right after the attack by the officials and in some cases, he is killed outright either without a trial or even if not the media almost always mentions him as the attacker or terrorist.

Read for instance, the report by Associated Press, one of the most renowned news agencies of the world. First sentence of the report says, “A Norwegian-Somali teenager went on a knife rampage through London’s Russell Square” while the third para says, “Police officers used a stun gun to subdue the 19-year-old suspect at the scene of the stabbings.” Who gave the Associated press the right to declare that Norwegian-Somali as the attacker when the police is still calling him a suspect?

Terrorism theater has staged numerous sensational plays in the last sixteen years and a fresh wave of  mini-false-flags have dominated the European landscape along with the mega events of Nice and Orlando. The latest of them was witnessed last night in London’s Russell Square in the vicinity of the British Museum.

Those who have visited London know that Russell Square is a crowded area and the absence of CCTV cameras is implausible at such touristic place in Central London near the British Museum and University of London.

It is not hard to forecast from the recent frequency of these attacks that we are likely to see more such staged incidents in the near future as anti-refugee and anti-Muslim sentiments are being fueled constantly by politicians and media alike in the west.

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