Man wearing fake bomb stabs 2 in London and is shot to death

February 02, 2020 - 7:45 pm
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Three people were injured after a stabbing attack in London on Sunday by a man who was shot and killed by police in what has been declared a "terrorist-related" incident.

London's Metropolitan Police Service said three people were stabbed in Streatham, located in south London. A man reported by witnesses as wearing what appeared to be a suicide vest was then subsequently shot by armed officers.

"The circumstances are being assessed; the incident has been declared as terrorist-related," police tweeted.

The BBC said that witnesses reported hearing two gunshots just after 2 p.m. local time on Sunday. The Met Police confirmed the man shot by police at Streatham High Road was killed.

Officials initially said two people were injured, but then increased the number of those hurt in the attack to three individuals.

"One person is at hospital in a life-threatening condition," police said. "We are in the process of informing their family."

The police force said the incident happened in the Streatham neighborhood of south London, a bustling residential area that doesn't boast any major British landmarks like areas hit by earlier attacks. Gulled Bulhan, a 19-year-old student from Streatham, told Britain's Press Association that he witnessed the attack.

"I was crossing the road when I saw a man with a machete and silver canisters on his chest being chased by what I assume was an undercover police officer -- as they were in civilian clothing," he said. "The man was then shot. I think I heard three gunshots, but I can't quite remember."

Images on social media showed a person face down on the ground outside a store called Boots, with a police officer holding a gun next to a black BMW with emergency lights.

The person can be seen wearing gray pants, black shoes, and a green jacket.

Mariam Qureshra told Sky News she was in the library when she heard screaming outside and people came running "panicked".

"Police came in and told us to stay away from windows and doors and eventually escorted us out of the back. Outside there were lots of people running," the 16-year-old told Sky News. "You never think it’s going to happen on your doorstep."

Met Police said the scene has been "fully contained." Of those injured, one is in critical condition at an area hospital, while the second victim was treated for minor injuries at the scene. A third person was also taken to the hospital, but their condition is not listed as life-threatening, police added.

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