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    A stabbing incident took place earlier in the day in Streatham, a busy residential suburb in south London, British police said in a statement.

    A man was shot dead by law enforcement officers after allegedly committing the stabbing in Streatham, the Metropolitan Police said on Twitter. According to the police statement, two people were injured in the stabbing incident, which has been declared terrorist-related. 

    The Metropolitan Police said that they are expecting updates on the condition of those injured. 

    In November last year, a man stabbed several people on London Bridge in the British capital. Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu confirmed that the suspect had been shot dead at the scene, while the incident was classified as a terrorist attack. A video published on social media appeared to show several passers-by tackling a man holding a knife to the ground before a police officer shot him.

    The UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported last October that the number of knife and sharp instrument offences recorded by police in England and Wales in 2019 was on the rise, becoming the highest since 2011. More than 43,500 incidents were reported between March 2018 and March 2019.

    Almost half of all offences involving knives or sharp objects were intentionally committed to cause serious harm and injury, fewer of them included cases of rape, sexual assault, attempted murder, and homicide, according to the report.

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    • 17:35

      London Mayor Says He is in Close Contact With Police

      London Mayor Sadiq Khan stated that he is in "close contact" with the police after the stabbing incident in Streatham and expressed praise for the emergency services for their quick response.

      "Terrorists seek to divide us and to destroy our way of life - here in London we will never let them succeed", he said.

    • 17:34

      Videos Show Heavy Presence of Ambulances and Police Cars at the Site

      Numerous videos posted on social media platforms showed a man lying on the ground with at least three armed law enforcement officers pointing firearms in his direction as well as a heavy presence of ambulances and police cars at the site.

    • 17:34

      What Happened

      Witnesses on social media reported hearing gunshots fired on Streatham High Road at about 14:00 GMT on 2 February, prompting a quick response from the police. Shortly after that, the Met Police said that a number of people were believed to have been injured in a stabbing incident, while a man who had been shot by officers died from his injuries.

      According to media reports, the assailant appeared to have had Islamist sympathies. The suspect reportedly had a machete and fake suicide vest on him.

      The London Ambulance Service stated that they were attending the scene with two ambulances and half a dozen paramedic vehicles.

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