Police shoot man dead after London stabbing incident described as terrorism

A police officer is seen near a site where a man was shot by armed officers in Streatham, south London, Britain, February 2, 2020. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

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Police shot a man dead in Streatham, south London on Sunday at around 2pm, according to The Metropolitan Police. This happened 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.

According to Scotland Yard, the man has died. The Metropolitan Police believes there are also “two injured victims” from the incident and are awaiting updates on their condition.

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

Several videos of the scene were posted on Twitter, but not verified by Reuters. In one, 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.

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.