Three people were injured in the incident in south London on Sunday, all of whom were taken to hospital, the British capital’s ambulance service said.
“We treated the three wounded at the scene and took all three to the hospital,” the statement said.
On Sunday at about 14.00 (17.00 GMT) on Stratham High Road in London, an unknown assailant attacked passers-by with a knife. The attacker was killed by the police. According to British media, the attack was carried out by an Islamist.
Hours after the incident, police, medics, emergency services continue to work at the scene, the crime scene itself is cordoned off for transport and pedestrians, reports TOP-NEWS correspondent from the scene.
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 a 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 Qureshi 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.”
The incident caused a massive emergency response. London’s Ambulance Service said that a “number of resources” were attending to the attack at Streatham High Road. 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. Ambulances could be seen converging in the area as police cordoned off nearby streets. Helicopters also responded to the incident as police warned people to stay away from the area. The U.S. Embassy in London said it was “aware of an incident in Streatham” and asked people to avoid the area.
Stephen Roberts, a former deputy commissioner for the Metropolitan Police, said police would quickly try to search the suspect’s residence and seize any computer devices to scour his internet records. Investigators are researching the man’s background to learn more about the attack and any possible co-conspirators, Roberts said.