'Beheaded' London woman identified

London - An elderly woman was found beheaded at a house in a north London suburb on Thursday, British media reported, in an incident that police said did not appear to be terrorist related.

Officers said they were called to the house in Edmonton following reports of a man armed with a knife, and found the woman's body in the garden. She was named as 82-year-old Palmira Silva,who detectives believe is of Italian descent.

"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," said Detective Chief Inspector John Sandlin who is leading the investigation.

He declined to confirm reports that the woman had been beheaded, or say what weapon was used in the attack.

Police said a man, 25, had been arrested on suspicion of murder by armed officers at the scene after they used a stun gun. One officer suffered a suspected broken wrist during the arrest.

Earlier, there was an attempt to attack two other people at a house on the same street but they escaped unharmed.

The reported nature of the killing had prompted speculation that the murder might be a terrorism incident after last year's gruesome murder of a British soldier in London, and the recent release of videos by Islamic State jihadists showing two US journalists being beheaded apparently by a British national.

"This is was a highly visible attack in broad daylight on a residential street," said Sandlin in a statement. "I can understand why this may cause people concern, however we are confident that we are not looking for anyone else at this stage."

- Reuters
Kobus Van der Linde 2014-09-04 11:46:35 PM
It's going to be hard to stop this now. And those people operate from mussy households and mosques in london just like Hamas. James Cameron you might be too late! Your bum chum Obummer is still playing golf to care.
Alan Yates 2014-09-05 03:10:59 AM
It was done by a Moslem. Reading same Koran as IS and BOKO HAMAS/FATAH? In May 2013, Islam Jihad by Moslems (ugly beards, dresses and funny hats and black body sacks) came to the streets of london in the ritual Islamic beheading of Lee Rigby. Non Moslems must defeat this evil. If we fail then our descendents will face these "riuals of Islam" on. Massive scale. They have been building their trojan horse (petro-dollar financed ugly mosques) in the non Moslem world for at least 50 years now...
Bradly Minnaar 2014-09-05 05:20:32 AM
@ alan, there is coming a revolt against Islam like this world has never seen, I just thank God that we this side of the world coz s#$@ is gng to hit the fan big time.
Craig Jonker 2014-09-05 07:01:54 AM
Sounds like another story created in a hollywood basement
Mohammed Salajee 2014-09-05 07:03:39 AM
HELLO!!why blame Islam & Muslims.in every religion & society u have the rotten eggs. Israhell supporters!bashing Muslims wil not take u far in life. wake up from ur slumber!!!!
Mohammed Salajee 2014-09-05 07:44:02 AM
Frank to b precise "don't" play the blame game. Peace loving Muslims r we. If we were still living in apartied then mayb I should b tortured & sent to Gwantanamo for voicing my opinion. Freedom for all not only whites & white May not always B right!
Shireen Eva 2014-09-05 08:16:12 AM
If you are "peace loving" then why are muslims doing absoluyely NOTHING to fight this scourge which is being committed in the name of your religion?? If I have seen ONE comment from a muslim condemning this disgusting behaviour by fellow muslims, that's a lot!
Mohammed Salajee 2014-09-05 08:17:13 AM
MUST READ TILL THE END. DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS? I SURE DIDN'T, TILL NOW Death is certain, but the Quran speaks about untimely death! Make a personal reflection about this..... Very interesting, read until the end..... 'Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sow,that shall he also reap.. Here are some men and women who mocked God : 1. John Lennon (Singer): Some years before, during his interview with an American Magazine, he said: 'Religion will end, it will disappear. I do not have to argue about that... I am certain. Mohammad was ok, but his subjects were too simple, today we are more famous than Him' (1966). Lennon, after saying that the Beatles were more famous than God, was shot six times. 2. Tancredo Neves (President of Brazil ): During the Presidential campaign, he said if he got 500,000 votes from his party, not even God would remove him from Presidency. Sure he got the votes, but he got sick a day before being made President, then he died. 3. Cazuza (Bi-sexual Brazilian composer, singer and poet): During A show in Canecio ( Rio de Janeiro ), while smoking his cigarette, he puffed out some smoke into the air and said:'God, that's for you. He died at the age of 32 of LUNG CANCER in a horrible manner. 4. The man who built the Titanic After the construction of Titanic, a reporter asked him how safe the Titanic would be. With an ironic tone he said: 'Not even God can sink it' The result: I think you all know what happened to the Titanic. 5. Marilyn Monroe (Actress) She was visited by Moulana during a presentation of a show. He said that the God had sent him to preach to her. After hearing what the Preacher had to say, she said: 'I don't need your God'. A week later, she was found dead in her apartment . 6. Bon Scott (Singer) The ex-vocalist of the AC/DC. On one of his 1979 songs he sang: 'Don't stop me; I'm going down all the way, down the highway to hell'. On the 19th of February 1980, Bon Scott was found dead, he had been choked by his own vomit. 7.Campinas (IN 2005) In Campinas , Brazil a group of friends, drunk, went to pick up a friend.... The mother accompanied her to the car and was so worried about the drunkenness of her friends and she said to the daughter holding her hand, who was already seated in the car: 'My Daughter, Go With God And May He Protect You.' She responded: 'Only If He (God) Travels In The Trunk, Cause Inside Here.....It's Already Full ' Hours later, news came by that they had been involved in a fatal accident, everyone had died, the car could not be recognized what type of car it had been, but surprisingly, the trunk was intact. The police said there was no way the trunk could have remained intact. To their surprise, inside the trunk was a crate of eggs, none was broken. 8.Christine Hewitt (Jamaican Journalist and entertainer) said the Quran (Word of God) was the worst book ever written. In June 2006 she was found burnt beyond recognition in her motor vehicle. Many more important people have forgotten that there is no other name that was given so much authority as the name of Mohammad (SAW). Many have died, But only Mohammad (SAW) name is still alive. PS: If it was a joke, you would have sent it to everyone. So are you going to have courage to send this?. I have done my part, Mohammad (SAW) said 'If you are embarrassed about me, I will also be embarrassed about you before my lord (Allah).' 'YaAllah grant me the love of those who loved u, and bless us as u have blessed those b4 us, bless my family, my home, and my friends, in ALLAH's name. Ameen.'
Binte Maya 2014-09-05 09:52:32 AM
Very sad indeed... more sad to see all the arguing about Muslims and islam etc etc... this article states nothing about islam. Nor a muslim. Yet with no proof many of you go on bashing islam in every article... are you that desperate? Honestly...?
Christa Theart 2014-09-05 12:36:01 PM
And here I thought this article is about the tragic death of an innocent individual at the hands of a disturbed person. Why attacked each other's religion. Comment on the article and show some compassion for that lady that was behead. Instead you sit and fight about religion that has nothing to do with this case