ISIS Beheading in London? Rumors Fly After Woman Killed in Broad Daylight in UK

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
September 4, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Rumors are flying that the terrorist group ISIS is behind the beheading of a woman in broad daylight in London.

82-year-old Palmira Silva was killed in the garden of a north London house in Nightingale Road, Edmonton around 1 p.m. on Thursday.

Police found the woman behind the house after receiving a call from a nearby home.

Police evacuated nearby homes as they tracked the suspected killer, later arresting a 25-year-old man who has not been named.

“Officers had to do everything they could to make other people safe and evacuate houses and put their lives on the line to make sure this individual did not cause further harm,” Cdr Simon Letchford told BBC.

Because a beheading is a rare form of murder, rumors started flying about the attack being connected to terrorism,” Det Ch Insp John Sandlin said.

“I can understand why this may cause people concern, however we are confident that we are not looking for anyone else at this stage. “Whilst it is too early to speculate on what the motive behind this attack was I am confident, based on the information currently available to me, that it is not terrorist related.”

Neighbors were disturbed by the attack.

“I was walking down the road when I saw a man with a big knife walking down the street,” Lauren Perkins told the Enfield Independent.

“Then I saw some police come down and they told me to get off the road. I just can’t believe something like that would happen. It’s just so shocking.”

The next door neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, added: “I heard lots of screaming and shouting coming from next door. Then a guy with a knife was in our back garden. There was a lot of blood on the knife and he was just hacking away at stuff. It’s just unbelievable, I’m so shocked.”

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.