The teenager has has also charged with the attempted murder of five other people who were attacked with a knife in London's Russell Square on Wednesday night, Scotland Yard said.
He stood in the dock on Saturday wearing a light grey tracksuit, he mumbled his name, address and date of birth to the court with his hand over his mouth. He now remains in custody and has been ordered to appear at the Old Bailey on August 9.
An American woman has been killed and five people injured after a man with a knife attacked people in Russell Square, central London. The attack happened at about 10.30pm on Wednesday, near the British Museum.
The Somali invader who carried out a knife attack in central London is an Islamist who openly supported one of Britain’s most famous self-admitted Al-Qaeda operatives—and is not “mentally ill” as the establishment and controlled media claims.
Darlene Horton, the 64-year-old wife of a university professor from Florida, was just hours away from flying home when she was killed in the attack on Wednesday evening.
Retired teacher and keen tennis player Darlene Horton, 64 (pictured), was due to return to America today with her Florida professor husband Dr Rick Wagner but was stabbed to death by a Somali-born knifeman in the Russell Square attack.
A cyclist who was passing the scene on Wednesday night told how he was stopped by a family of Spanish tourists asking for help.
Fernando, from Brazil, said he called for an ambulance after seeing an “older woman” slumped against park railings with a stab wound to her back.
And it came on the very day Scotland Yard started putting 600 extra armed police on London's streets, including fast-reaction counter-terrorism teams on powerful motorbikes.