Police fatally shot a man Sunday in south London who was suspected of stabbing two people in what is believed to have been a “terrorist-related” incident, authorities said.
Three people were injured in the incident, reported just before 2 p.m. local time in Streatham, authorities said. Two of the victims suffered stab wounds while investigators believe a third was injured by broken glass.
#INCIDENT A man has been shot by armed officers in #Streatham. At this stage it is believed a number of people have been stabbed. The circumstances are being assessed; the incident has been declared as terrorist-related. Please follow @metpoliceuk for updates— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) February 2, 2020
The suspect, who was not immediately identified, was shot and killed by officers, according to London Metropolitan Police.
Authorities said three people were injured in the attack, including a man whose injuries appeared to be life-threatening. Police said they were in the process Sunday afternoon of notifying the man’s family.
The other two victims, both women, who were taken to the hospital suffered injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, investigators said.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi said the suspect wore what turned out to be a “hoax device” strapped to his body during the stabbing.
Gulled Bulhan, a 19-year-old student from Streatham, told Sky News that he was crossing the road when he saw the suspect being chased while wearing "silver canisters."
"I saw a man with a machete and silver canisters on his chest being chased by what I assume was an undercover police officer -- as they were in civilian clothing," he told Sky News. "The man was then shot. I think I heard three gunshots but I can't quite remember."
D’Orsi said the investigation is being led by officers with London Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command.
“The incident was quickly declared as a terrorist incident and we believe it to be Islamist-related,” she said. “However as you would expect, officers continue to work in the area to ensure there is no continuing danger to the public and that all evidence is gathered.”
Police said the scene was fully contained by 4 p.m. local time.
Officials with the U.S. Embassy in London said they were aware of the situation and asked people to avoid the area.
The Embassy is aware of an incident in Streatham, south London. Please avoid the area and monitor @metpoliceuk for updates.— U.S. Embassy London (@USAinUK) February 2, 2020
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