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Who is London Stabbing Suspect, Shot Dead, Multiple Injuries, Incident Termed as Terror Related

London Stabbing Suspect

London Stabbing Suspect

Several people described seeing a man with a large knife randomly stabbing people inside a local shop before hearing at least three shots fired by armed police. Many witnesses told local media that the police were in an unmarked car.

Emma Taylor, 31, from Streatham Hill, told London’s Sun newspaper she was walking after brunch with friends when she saw a woman from the local hardware store screaming.

“As we approached her she was in serious distress and she shouted ‘he’s just grabbed a knife from my shop and stabbed a lady’,” Taylor said. “She stopped us from going any further and that’s when we saw the woman, just five meters in front us, being attended to by paramedics.”

On February 2nd, 2020, The Metropolitan Police in London, United Kingdom confirmed that their armed officers have shot a man in Streatham, a suburb of London. The stabbing incident left two people injured but there is no word yet on the extent of their injuries. The Metropolitan Police have also added that although the incident is being assessed at this time, they are treating the stabbings as terrorist-related.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement that a man was shot and killed by police in Streatham, a neighborhood in south London.

“Terrorists seek to divide us and to destroy our way of life – here in London we will never let them succeed,” Khan said in the statement.

London’s Metropolitan Police say the scene of the attack has been “fully contained” but are awaiting updates on the conditions of victims.

In a tweet, the police were urging people to use “common sense and restraint in circulating pictures and videos” of the incident. Videos of officers on the scene have been circulating on social media.

Metropolitan Police initially tweeted that people should avoid the area and later tweeted that the scene had been contained. “At this stage, it is believed a number of people have been stabbed,” Metropolitan Police tweeted. “The circumstances are being assessed; the incident has been declared as terrorist-related.”

What we know

  • At least three people were wounded shortly before 2 pm local time in a stabbing attack.
  • One of those victims is believed to be in serious condition. The second was taken to the hospital for wounds that were not life-threatening. The third was treated at the scene.
  • Police have confirmed that armed officers shot and killed the suspect.
  • Police have said the stabbing was “terrorist-related.”
  • Streatham’s Parliament representative Bell Ribeiro-Addy said the suspect was a man police “had been watching for some time.”
  • Government officials have praised police and emergency services for quickly containing the attack. Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted, “Thank you to all emergency services responding to the incident in Streatham. … My thoughts are with the injured and all those affected.”
  • An investigation is set to begin immediately by the Independent Office for Police Conduct, which is required to investigate when police use lethal force.

What we don’t know

  • The identities of the people who were wounded.
  • The suspect’s identity.

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