Man stabs several people in London, shot dead by police

Man stabs several people in London, shot dead by police
Police is seen near a site where a man was shot by armed officers in Streatham, south London. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic
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London: Police shot dead a man in south London on Sunday after several people were believed to have been stabbed in what police described as a terrorism-related incident.

"A man has been shot by armed officers in Streatham (south London). 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," the police said on Twitter.

Police said later the man they had shot had been pronounced dead.

Sky News cited security sources as saying the incident was related to Islamist militancy.

Armed police cordoned off the area, on the main shopping street in Streatham, a busy residential district south of the River Thames. Police said people should avoid the area.

Man stabs several people in London, shot dead by police
Armed police cordoned off the area, on the main shopping street in Streatham. Reuters

In one video posted on Twitter, filmed from inside a shop across the road, a man can be seen lying on the street while at least two armed police officers point their guns from behind an unmarked car with its blue lights flashing.

Helicopters flew overhead and police cars were in surrounding streets, with the area blocked off by tape.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Twitter: "Thank you to all emergency services responding to the incident in Streatham, which the police have now declared as terrorism-related".

"My thoughts are with the injured and all those affected," he added.

The last such incident in London was in November, when police shot dead a man wearing a fake suicide vest who stabbed two people to death and wounded three more before being wrestled to the ground by bystanders. Authorities called that a terrorist attack.

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