Teen Charged in London Murder of US Woman

No terror links uncovered after stabbing rampage
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 6, 2016 9:27 AM CDT
This courtroom sketch by shows Zakaria Bulhan, right, appearing at Westminster Magistrates Court in London.   (PA via AP)

(Newser) – A 19-year-old Somali-Norwegian man accused of carrying out a stabbing rampage in London's Russell Square was remanded into custody Saturday after a court appearance in the British capital. Zakaria Bulhan, a London resident, is accused of slaying 64-year-old American Darlene Horton, a retired teacher. Bulhan also faces five counts of attempted murder in the attack on two Australians, an Israeli, an American, and a British citizen. The victims were named in court Saturday for the first time, the AP reports.

Bulhan, who moved from Norway to Britain as a child, mumbled his name, address, and date of birth during the hearing Saturday at Westminster Magistrates Court. When asked if he understood the charges, he gave a thumbs up gesture. Horton was visiting London with her husband, Florida State University psychology professor Richard Wagner, who had been teaching summer classes in London. The couple had been due to fly home the day after the Wednesday attack. Although London has been on edge because of deadly attacks on the European mainland claimed by ISIS, police say they've found no evidence of radicalization or links to terrorism in this case. (Read more London stories.)

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