A man has been shot by armed officers in Streatham, south London in what they described as a “terror related incident”.
Posting to Twitter, the Metropolitan police wrote: “#INCIDENT A man has been shot by armed officers in #Streatham. At this stage it is believed a number of people have been stabbed. The circumstances are being assessed; the incident has been declared as terrorist-related. Please follow @metpoliceuk for updates”.
Witnesses on social media have said they heard three gun shots fired just after 14:00 BST on Sunday and people were being treated by doctors.
Emergency services, including paramedics, are currently in attendance at the scene of the incident.
Footage emerged on social media of armed police approaching a prone figure on the pavement, police cordoned off the street and advised people to avoid the area.
Images from the scene of the attack show a number of emergency secvices present at the scene and repots from locals indicate helicopters were circling overhead.
One Twitter user wrote: said: “What the hell is going on in Streatham?!? Helicopters circling above and sirens outside. Twitter saying a man has been shot dead.
“It’s a Sunday afternoon and families are everywhere. Very scary.”
A nurse who witnessed the attack unfold said: “A man just went into a shop and took a knife and started stabbing people.
“The shopkeeper tried to get the knife away from him but he got away and stabbed a woman on a bicycle. The knife was really big.
“I saw three people who were injured – one of them might have been the attacker.
“I’m a nurse so I would have been willing to step in.”
Another eyewitness said: “One woman was stabbed in the back and one man was stabbed in the stomach.
“The woman was saying ‘he stabbed me’. The man was in a bad way. People were screaming ‘stay with us’. It was a big wound.
“The police arrived and we heard ‘bang bang bang’. I saw the attacker lying down face down outside Iceland.”
Police are advising the public to stay away from the area, this is a breaking news story and UNN will keep you updated with any information as and when it comes into our offices.
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