Here we go again:
The “Norwegian” Somali Muslim is a victim! I knew it!
The Russel Square ‘knifeman’, 19, was ‘quiet, shy pupil who was bullied at his London school’ ……
(Vomit bucket, quick!)
- Russell Square ‘knifeman’ named last night as Somali-born Zakaria Bulhan, 19, from Tooting, south London
- American victim ws Darlene Horton, 64, the wife of Florida professor, who was due to return to US today
- Yovel Lewkowki, 18, also stabbed when she tried to help him believing he had been attacked
- She said: ‘It’s a miracle. The woman standing next to me died before my eyes’
- Police called to Russell Square after the crazed man ‘went on the rampage’ with kitchen knife
- One witness said: ‘There was a madman running around with a knife just lunging at people randomly and stabbing them. He was just going for anyone he could see’
The Somali-born man accused of stabbing an American citizen to death and injuring five others in the Russell Square attack was a ‘quiet, shy pupil who was bullied at his London secondary school’, MailOnline can reveal.
Zakaria Bulhan, 19, moved to the UK from Norway in 2002, and was said to be suffering possible ‘mental health issues’ when he allegedly began silently stabbing his unsuspecting victims in a busy London street.
His former friends from Graveney School in Tooting, south London, have now revealed how Chelsea football fan Bulhan was a quiet boy who was bullied in the early stages of secondary school.
One friend said: ‘He was quite quiet, but had friends. He was a little bullied but nothing too extreme.’
Online postings show a man named Zak Bulhan is interested in Islamic study, and in another he pledges support to former Guantanamo Bay inmate Moazzam Begg.
It came as his victim was revealed to be 64-year-old Darlene Horton – the wife of a Florida professor who was due to return to her native America later today.
Retired teacher Ms Horton has spent the last few weeks in the UK with her husband, psychology professor Richard Wagner, as part of a summer study programme and was enjoying her final night in the capital before they planned to fly back to their home in Tallahassee.
However, she was brutally stabbed to death with a kitchen knife at about 10.30pm in Russell Square on Wednesday night.
The keen tennis player’s last words were ‘he’s still here, he’s still here’ as she tried to warn others of the attacker before she was found in a pool of blood after being stabbed in the back.
She could not be saved, despite the best efforts of paramedics, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses said her shocked husband sobbed nearby as her body lay sprawled on the pavement overnight.
The Somali-born Norwegian national accused of stabbing Ms Horton to death and injuring five others was said to be suffering possible ‘mental health issues’ when he allegedly launched the shocking mass stabbing.
As well as killing Ms Horton, the knifeman also injured five others including Israeli holidaymaker Yovel Levkowki, 18, who was slashed across the hand as she approached him to offer help after believing he was a victim.
She said she was lucky to be alive after watching the attacker go on to slaughter Ms Horton in front of her eyes.
‘I don’t know if it’s luck or fate but it’s a miracle,’ she said. ‘The woman standing next to me died before my eyes.’
Police said the other victims include a British man who remains in a ‘serious but stable’ condition after being stabbed in the stomach. An American man, who suffered chest wounds, an Australian woman who was stabbed in the back and an Australian man who was stabbed in the chest, were all discharged from hospital yesterday.
Pictured here in 2011, the suspect’s former friends from Graveney School in Tooting, south London, have now revealed how Chelsea football fan Bulhan was a quiet boy who was bullied in the early stages of secondary school
Survivor: Yovel Lewkowki, 18, pictured posing by the Thames before the attack, thought the killer needed help – but was stabbed herself and saw his victim die
Tonight, Bulhan’s former friends said they did not believe him to be religious but said he was bullied at school.
One former classmate said: ‘He was quite quiet, but had friends. He was a little bullied but nothing too extreme.’
She said old schoolfriends of Bulhan had seen the news and were shocked to see his name linked to the incident.
Another former friend said he was maths partners with Bulhan in Year 9 and 10 before he later became his mentor at South Thames College in Morden.
He told MailOnline: ‘He’s just a normal guy, it’s unbelievable. It’s not really a shock because I cannot believe it to be true. I don’t think he actually could have done it.
‘I saw him and spoke to him two or three months ago.’
At Graveney, the pair would spend up to five hours a week on the same desk, and enjoyed friendly competitions to see who could manage the best grades.
He added: ‘I wasn’t part of his friendship group, but in Year 9 and 10 we sat next to each other in maths and I would talk to him every day.
‘Then I bumped into him because he’s started doing the same course as me – I’m a year above – and he came to me for help. I’m not sure of his family background, but I’m pretty sure he is Somali.
‘We got along really well and we were really competitive together – we were always joking about who was better at maths and trying to beat each other’s grades.’
A couple of months ago, he ran into Bulhan at the college in Morden where they were both studying a BTEC in IT.
‘He was just a regular guy doing the same course as me at college,’ he said. ‘I’d consider him an acquaintance – I’d stop him in the street to say hello and I’d be happy to go out with him socially.
‘We’d talk about the coursework. He came to me and said that he wanted help because he wanted to do well in his course and at the college. He was actively looking to improve, so it’s not like he was doing nothing with his life.
‘He came to ask me for help – he wasn’t a waster.’
Earlier yesterday, police raided the south London council flat where Bulhan lived with his family. Neighbours of the alleged knifeman said his mother was ‘really nice’ but knew little about her two sons.
The family live on the middle floor of a three-storey block of flats next to St George’s Hospital in Tooting.
As two uniformed police officers stood guard outside the flat, the neighbour described how police have been coming in and out all day.
The unnamed woman said: ‘There was lots of policemen there this morning.The mother is always here. She’s really kind and friendly and always opened the door and got parcels for us.
‘They’re a Muslim family, the mother always wore a full black burka.
‘I asked the police what is happening but they can’t say at the moment. I heard lots of banging and noises and saw the police carrying out a black bag’.
The neighbour who lives above Bulhan’s flat heard a raid and saw ‘around 30 officers on the stairs.’
A downstairs neighbour confirmed that a mother and two young men live in the flat. He said: ‘I’ve only really spoken to them to say ‘hi’. The mother is very pleasant. She always asks after me and my mother.
‘I’ve never had a conversation with either of the two boys. Apparently they are Somalian but they all speak with an English accent. The mother is really quiet. She always has her hijab on but she’s a very pleasant woman and speaks proper English’.
Message: In an emotional Facebook post, Yovel pleaded with her friends to make the most of life. ‘The last few hours have taught me to appreciate every second
The alleged killer, a Somali who came to Britain from Norway in 2002, brutally stabbed to death the US citizen and knifed five others including Miss Levkowki, who had been out for dinner with her grandfather.
The suspect was Tasered to the ground by police and pinned down by up to eight officers who were called to Russell Square. He was arrested on suspicion of murder and spent the night in hospital before being moved to a south London police station.
This evening, Florida State University paid tribute to Ms Horton – the wife of one of its professors.
FSU president John Thrasher said: ‘There are no words to express our heartache over this terrible tragedy.
‘We are shocked that such senseless violence has touched our own FSU family, and we will do all we can to assist Professor Wagner and his loved ones, as well as his friends and colleagues in the psychology department, as they mourn.’
Earlier, one witness told how she tried to use towels she had bought on an earlier shopping trip to stem the flow of blood from the American victim.
The woman, who did not wish to be named, told MailOnline: ‘I was just trying to console her. The victim said something about: ‘He’s still here, he’s still here’ – after that she was not lucid. That’s when I saw someone. He was meandering about. He was very disturbed’.
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