Several people were injured in a stabbing attack in London on Sunday, before police shot the suspect.
The attack occurred in the south London suburb of Streatham. Though the motive of the attack isn’t immediately clear, the London Metropolitan Police Service, in a statement, declared the incident to be “terrorist-incident,” and “Islamist 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
Armed police officers were present shortly after the attack began, as part of an active counter terrorism operation.
Images of the aftermath were subsequently posted to Twitter and one photo appears to show an armed police officer standing a few feet away from a man lying face down on a nearby sidewalk. The tweet indicates the downed man to be the attacker and claims he was killed by police.
Man shot dead in streatham. Police say he has a device strapped to his chest pic.twitter.com/qZtPFLlpVN
— ExchangeSupermarket (@exsupermarket) February 2, 2020
Police reportedly warned those nearby that the man had a device strapped to his chest, prompting some to suspect a bomb. Police later determined the device to be a fake.
They indicated the area around where the attack occurred has been cordoned off.
The attack drew a sizeable emergency response, with several police cars and ambulances seen arriving on the scene.
Video shows a large police response in London after a man was shot and killed by armed officers after an alleged stabbing incident that injured a least two people. https://t.co/NqcPdBOVSx pic.twitter.com/q0QFFhcsGN
— ABC News (@ABC) February 2, 2020
Police initially indicated there were two injured victims in the attack and that they are awaiting updates on the condition of those victims. They later determined three people were injured by the attacker.
One man received life-threatening injuries while a woman received non-life threatening injuries and another woman had minor injuries caused by glass shattering when police discharged their firearms.