Two people stabbed, police shoot knifeman in London ‘terrorist-related incident’
Armed police officers descended on the London suburb of Streatham on Sunday afternoon, and shot a knife-wielding criminal dead.
The Metropolitan Police said on Twitter that the perpetrator stabbed and injured two people, and that the incident has been declared “terrorist-related.” Police later clarified that the incident was "part of a proactive Counter Terrorism operation," and that the stabbing attack was likely "Islamist-related."
One of the victims is in hospital with life-threatening injuries. Another victim was stabbed and is in less serious condition. A third was injured by glass following the police shooting.
Video footage shared on social media shows a man lying on the ground outside a shuttered pharmacy, as armed police officers train their weapons on his unmoving body.Also on rt.com VIDEO footage shows London police respond to ‘terrorist’ incident after shooting suspect dead
The man was wearing what looked like a suicide vest, but police later declared it a "hoax device."
Police have advised the public to avoid the scene of Sunday’s shooting while emergency services deal with the aftermath. Patrols in the area will be stepped up following the attack.
#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
London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, thanked police for their swift response, and said“Terrorists seek to divide us and destroy our way of life - here in London we will never let them succeed.”
The incident comes two months after police in London shot a jihadist terrorist dead on London Bridge, after he stabbed two people to death. The murderer had a history of terror offenses and was described by a judge several years earlier as a “serious jihadi.” He was on parole at the time of his stabbing spree.Also on rt.com For 10 years you’ve done nothing! BBC host slams BoJo as PM reveals 74 convicted terrorists roaming UK streets
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