Bancroft’s School, already grieving from the loss of a former student less than a year ago, is now mourning the tragic death of another student, Daniel Anjorin, in a sword attack in London.

The independent school, attended by Anjorin, expressed deep shock and sadness at the news of his death, describing him as a dedicated scholar with a gentle character whose positive nature left a lasting impact.

Anjorin was killed on Tuesday morning in Hainault, east London, as he walked to school when he was attacked by a man wielding what appeared to be a Samurai-type sword.

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The suspect, identified as a 36-year-old Spanish-Brazilian national named Marcus Aurelio Arduini Monzo, was tasered and arrested by police. He is charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of grievous bodily harm, aggravated burglary, and possession of a bladed article.

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The Metropolitan Police Force stated that the attack occurred just before 7:00 am when the accused crashed a van into a house fence, hitting a 33-year-old man before allegedly stabbing him in the neck. He then attacked a 35-year-old man inside a nearby property before fatally injuring Anjorin.

Despite police attempts to neutralize the suspect, he seriously injured two police officers, both of whom required surgery. The suspect was eventually detained 22 minutes after the initial call.

Larry Smith, the detective leading the investigation, emphasized the complexity of the case and the need for patience as they work to provide answers.

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While the attack was not deemed terror-related, it comes amid a rise in stabbings in the UK and ahead of local elections where voters will decide whether to re-elect London mayor Sadiq Khan.