Witnesses on social media have said they heard three gun shots fired on Sunday noon and people were being treated by doctors…reports Asian Lite News
A man has been shot by armed police officers in a “terrorist-related” incident in south London, the Met Police have said.
It is believed a number of people have been stabbed in the incident at Streatham High Road, the BBC reported on Sunday citing the police.
Witnesses on social media have said they heard three gun shots fired on Sunday noon and people were being treated by doctors.
London Ambulance Service said it had a number of resources attending the incident.
One person tweeted: “Something major happening in Streatham High Road. Armed police and roads closed off.”
Metropolitan Police confirmed that armed police shot a male suspect on Streatham High Road at around 2 p.m. (1400GMT) as part of a “proactive counter-terrorism operation”.
Local media reports suggested that the man entered a shop and started stabbing people. Police said the man had a hoax device strapped to his body.
Witnesses were quoted as saying they heard three gunshots and saw a man lying on the ground outside a Boots pharmacy, as armed police approached and shouted at those nearby to move back.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked the emergency services on his twitter account, saying that his thoughts are with the injured and all those affected.
Johnson’s government pledged earlier this year that terror offenders will face more time in jail and be monitored more closely as part of new laws being introduced in the post-Brexit era.
Britain has been familiar with terror-related attacks over the past years.
In November, two people were stabbed to death when a convicted terrorist launched a frenzied knife attack in central London.