Bri­tish po­lice shoot man dead af­ter stab­bing

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - WORLD - By El­iz­a­beth Piper

LON­DON: Bri­tish po­lice shot a man dead Sun­day on a busy South Lon­don street af­ter three peo­ple were wounded, one crit­i­cally, in a stab­bing at­tack that po­lice called ter­ror­ism-re­lated.

Some wit­nesses said the man had been armed with a ma­chete. One de­scribed him as wear­ing sil­ver can­is­ters on his chest.

Po­lice said the man they had shot had been pro­nounced dead.

The Lon­don am­bu­lance ser­vice said three peo­ple were wounded and had been taken to hospi­tal af­ter the at­tack in Streatham, a res­i­den­tial dis­trict south of the River Thames. It was not clear if all three suf­fered stab wounds.

Po­lice said that the scene of the in­ci­dent was now fully con­tained.

“The cir­cum­stances are be­ing as­sessed; the in­ci­dent has been de­clared as ter­ror­ist-re­lated,” the po­lice said on Twit­ter.

They said one of the wounded was in a life-threat­en­ing con­di­tion.

A West­ern se­cu­rity source said the in­ci­dent was re­lated to Is­lamist mil­i­tancy. An­other se­cu­rity source said that it was be­ing treated as ter­ror­ism be­cause the man was be­lieved to have been wear­ing a fake ex­plo­sive de­vice.

Po­lice were still look­ing into whether he had been un­der sur­veil­lance by se­cu­rity ser­vices, the source said.

The lo­cal mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, Bell Ribeiro-Addy, said one of the wounded was se­ri­ously hurt.

Sky News quoted Gulled Bul­han, a 19-year-old stu­dent from Streatham, as say­ing he wit­nessed the shoot­ing in front of a shop.

“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,” Bul­han said.

“The man was then shot. I think I heard three gun­shots but I can’t quite re­mem­ber.”

In one video of the scene posted on Twit­ter, but not ver­i­fied by Reuters, a man can be seen ly­ing on the street while at least two armed po­lice of­fi­cers point their guns from be­hind an un­marked car with its blue lights flash­ing.

At least one he­li­copter flew over­head and po­lice cars were in sur­round­ing streets, with the area blocked off by tape.

Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son said on Twit­ter: “Thank you to all emer­gency ser­vices re­spond­ing to the in­ci­dent in Streatham, which the po­lice have now de­clared as ter­ror­ism-re­lated.”

“My thoughts are with the in­jured and all those af­fected,” John­son said.

The last such in­ci­dent in Lon­don was in Novem­ber, when po­lice shot dead a man wear­ing a fake sui­cide vest who stabbed two peo­ple to death and wounded three more be­fore be­ing wres­tled to the ground by by­standers.

That at­tack, at Lon­don Bridge, was car­ried out by a man with Is­lamist mil­i­tant sym­pa­thies. He had been jailed for ter­ror­ism and re­leased early.

Lon­don’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, said in a state­ment af­ter Sun­day’s in­ci­dent: “Ter­ror­ists seek to di­vide us and to de­stroy our way of life here in Lon­don we will never let them suc­ceed.”

Po­lice se­cure the scene af­ter the in­ci­dent in Streatham, Lon­don.

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