Four People Wounded In ‘Random’ Stabbing Attacks In Edmonton London
LAHORE MIRROR (Monitoring Desk)– London police have begun search for a knife-wielding man who stabbed and injured four people including a woman in a spate of “cowardly and senseless” attacks in north London.
A woman and three men were all approached from behind and knifed in the back as they walked alone in Edmonton.
Police said each victim appeared to “selected at random” for being “alone and vulnerable” in the potentially linked attacks.
Two are in a critical condition.
The Metropolitan Police said the motive “appears to be solely to inflict harm” as none of the victims were robbed or engaged in conversation before they were attacked.
A spokesman said the suspect acted alone and “mental health issues may be a factor”.
He added: “We are doing everything we can to apprehend the suspect behind these cowardly and senseless attacks.”
A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing GBH but police say inquiries continue to establish if he is the person behind the stabbings.
The first attack was on a 45-year-old woman who was hurt in Aberdeen Road at 19:02 GMT on Saturday. She remains in a critical condition in an east London hospital.
Four hours later, a 52-year-old man was stabbed half a mile away in Park Avenue. His injuries are not life-threatening.
Police believe the third attack happened less than a mile away in Silver Street.
The victim, a 23-year-old man, was found injured at Seven Sisters Tube station at about 04:00 BST. He is in a critical condition in hospital.
The final stabbing happened at 09:42 in Brettenham Road, less than a mile away from Silver Street.
Police said a 29-year-old man has been taken to hospital after being stabbed in the back. He has potentially life-changing injuries.
Dervish Husseyin, 60, was at his friend’s house on Aberdeen Road when he saw the woman “lying face down”.
“She said they had beaten her up,” he said.
Mr Husseyin said the woman had “blood on her back” but did not seem to realise she had been stabbed.
“She said she only went out for a walk on her own,” he added.
Natasha Cameron, 45, who lives on Aberdeen Road, said: “I’m scared now because I always walk home [from work].
“Now I’m definitely taking the bus.”
Detectives said they were searching for a slim black man, who is about 6ft 3in tall and was wearing dark clothing.
Det Ch Insp Stuart Smillie said: “Police are treating the incidents as potentially linked. The four victims are all from different backgrounds and appear to have been selected at random due to them being alone and vulnerable.
In a video message on social media, Mr Smillie appealed Edmonton residents to call 999 with any information that might help catch the suspect.
SOURCE: BBC NEWS