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South London stabbing attack: What we know

At least three people were injured Sunday in a stabbing attack on Streatham High Road in South London.

Police Shoot Armed Man In South London
A woman reacts as police officers interview people near the scene where a man was shot and killed by armed police on February 2, 2020 in London, England.
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At least three people were injured in a stabbing attack in Streatham, a neighborhood in South London Sunday, according to the city’s Metropolitan Police. Government officials have deemed the stabbings a “terrorist incident.”

Police confirmed that the suspect, who witnesses say wielded a machete and had “silver canisters” attached to his chest, was shot and killed by armed officers on the scene. The identity of the suspect is not known at this time.

The attack comes two months after a similar knife attack on the London Bridge killed three people and injured two.

Nineteen-year-old student Gulled Bulhan claims to have witnessed the shooting on Streatham High Road.

“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. After that I ran into the library to get to safety.”

Once safely inside, he said that police ordered everyone to stay inside until the scene could be contained.

The story is still developing. Here’s what we know, and don’t so far:

What we know

What we don’t know

  • The identities of the people who were wounded.
  • The suspect’s identity.