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Russell Square in summer | ©Umezo KAMATA / Wikimedia Commons
Russell Square in summer | ©Umezo KAMATA / Wikimedia Commons

Londoners And Tourists Respond To Russell Square Attack

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Updated: 2 November 2016
An American woman was killed and five others injured in a knife attack in Russell Square, central London, on August 3, 2016. Darlene Horton, from Tallahassee, Fla., was fatally stabbed in the back. A 19-year-old Norwegian national of Somali origin was arrested on suspicion of murder. Culture Trip spoke to visitors and Londoners outside the British Museum, the country’s most visited tourist site, just a short walk from where the attack occurred.  

Lucy Carafillis | ©Antonia Künzel

Lucy Carafillis | © Antonia Künzel


Lucy Carafillis, a 22-year-old hospitality worker visiting from Australia, says she will show more vigilance while walking the streets of London:

“I read about it this morning and it caused a very unpleasant feeling inside of me. Safe is not how I feel right now.”

“I’ll be more cautious about travelling from now on because you never know what happens – the world just isn’t safe and who knows what could occur in trains, buses or even planes.”

“I love London and I’m still trying to enjoy my time. Going to the museum or elsewhere is what I’m still going to do; it is not worth staying cooped up in my room just because a psychopath killed someone with a knife.”

“But of course, it does make me nervous, anyone like that could be walking around with crazy thoughts in their head.”



Jonathan Lubikowski | ©Antonia Künzel

Jonathan Lubikowski | © Antonia Künzel



Jonathan Lubikowski, 33, a project manager from London, is more philosophical about the attack in the centre of the city:

“Danger is everywhere. It’s not going to stop me travelling though.”

“It feels strange to think that event happened just around the corner from here. But I’m from London and things like that do happen. I’m still going everywhere I want. I don’t live in fear now.”



Alberto Fluttero | ©Antonia Künzel

Alberto Fluttero | © Antonia Künzel



Alberto Fluttero, a 29-year-old chef from Italy who lives in the UK, says no acts of terror would spoil his holiday plans:

“I like to go sightseeing and visiting touristy spots. If attackers are planning something, then fine, but they won’t be ruining my trip.  

“I’m not thinking much about it. Something like that can always happen, especially nowadays when the world is a bit unstable. Incidents such as last night probably happen every day here in different parts of the city, they are just not being reported on.”



Selina Hofstetter |©Antonia Künzel

Selina Hofstetter |© Antonia Künzel


Selina Hofstetter from Switzerland, a 28-year-old PhD student at the nearby London School of Economics, also feels safer in London compared to other European cities:

“The attack has made me more cautious indeed. I’m trying to stay away from the crowded places because that’s where an attack is most likely to take place.

“It’s a shame that something happened in such a central place as Russell Square, near to the British Museum, and many more could have been injured or died. But it didn’t freak me out.”