The Metropolitan Police are treating an incident in Streatham in South London as terrorist-related.
At around 14:00 (GMT) on Sunday, two people were stabbed in Streatham High Road, Lambeth. According to the Metropolitan Police, armed officers were in immediate attendance as part of a proactive Counter Terrorism operation. Armed officers shot one male suspect, who was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Of the two people stabbed, one male victim was taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition and one female victim was also taken to hospital but in a non-life-threating condition. A further woman received minor injuries from glass following the shooting, it is understood.
The incident was quickly declared as a terrorist incident and the Metropolitan Police believe it be Islamist-related. The situation has been contained and a cordon is in place while the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command investigate.
It has been confirmed that a hoax device, reported to look like a suicide vest, was strapped to the body of the suspect.
According to reports, the suspect had been recently released from prison after serving time for terror offences.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have tweeted their thanks to the emergency services for their response to the incident, and have said their thoughts are with those affected.
The attack took place on a busy high-street, but in a less well-known site than other terrorist attacks in recent years. The MP for Streatham Bell Ribeiro-Addy said following the incident; “It is scary, I feel that fear, but Streatham is a very resilient community and we’ll be fine.”
The Mayor of London released a statement following the incident and said: “Terrorists seek to divide us and to destroy our way of life – here in London we will never let them succeed.”
The public is being advised to remain vigilant and contact the police with any information, images or footage of the incident at www.ukpoliceimageappeal.com or by phoning 0800 789 321.