The London Metropolitan Police on Sunday shot dead a man who had gone on a stabbing spree in southern part of the city, authorities said.
The police say that the incident was “terror-related.”
#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
According to police, the suspect had stabbed several persons before he was shot dead by police. The injured are reportedly being treated by medics who rushed to the scene after the attack.
It is not clear at this stage if anyone has been killed in the stabbing spree.
Eyewitnesses reported multiple gunshots being heard around 2 PM in the afternoon.
BBC quoted a 19-year-old student as recounting that he saw the shooting take place in front of his eyes. The student told the broadcaster that he had seen a man with a machete being chased by another person. The eyewitness claimed that he heard three gunshots being fired before the attacker was taken out.
United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted his thoughts soon after the attack, as he thanked the emergency services for their swift response to the situation.
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.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) February 2, 2020
London Mayor Sadiq Khan also issued a statement condemning the attack, as he lashed out at terrorists for seeking to "divide us and destroy our way of life..."