Three people were injured, and taken to hospital, on Sunday afternoon, following what is being treated as a “terrorist-related” incident in Streatham, South London. One of the injured is said to be in a life-threatening conditon.
Eyewitnesses have described a man with a “machete” and what resembled a suicide vest who was being chased by armed officers, and eventually shot dead outside a Boots shop.
A 19-year old student who witnessed the incident said: “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. The man was then shot. I think I heard three gun shots but I can’t quite remember.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was expected to return to Downing Street from Chequers tweeted: “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.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan added: “I am in close contact with the Met Commissioner and local representatives, and want to thank our police, security and emergency services staff for their swift and courageous response. They truly are the best of us.
“Terrorists seek to divide us and to destroy our way of life – here in London we will never let them succeed.”