Man shot dead for stabbing multiple people in London ‘terror attack’

Emergency services, including paramedics and armed police, responded to gunshots in Streatham

Metropolitan Police
Eyewitnesses claim the man had a knife before he was shot dead by the police | Representative Photo: iStock

British police on Sunday (February 2) shot dead a man in south London’s Streatham area after several people were stabbed in a “terrorist-related” incident. Emergency services, including paramedics and armed police, responded to gunshots on Streatham High Road.

“A man has been shot by armed officers in Streatham,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. “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,” it said.

The exact circumstances of the incident remain unconfirmed but eyewitnesses claim the man had a knife before he was shot. The police shouted for people to “get back” as they cleared the area of shoppers and bystanders.

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Witnessed said, as per reports, two gunshots were heard in the south London neighbourhood just after 2 pm on Sunday. In November last year, two people were killed after convicted terrorist Usman Khan went on a stabbing frenzy in the London Bridge area of the UK capital.

Sunday’s incident looked “very similar” to the London Bridge attack in November, BBC quoted Chris Phillips, former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, as saying.

(With inputs from agencies)

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