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London Metropolitan Police car (illustrative)

Armed plainclothes British police officers shot and killed a suspected terrorist in London on Sunday afternoon, London’s Metropolitan Police said.

The man, who witnesses said was “armed with a machete” and “silver canisters on his chest” stabbed at least two people on Streatham High Road, a busy shopping area in south London. One is believed to be in serious condition.

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“The circumstances are being assessed; the incident has been declared as terrorist-related,” police said shortly after 3 pm local time (5 pm Israel time, 10 am ET). It is not believed there are other suspects, police added.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a tweet, “My thoughts are with the injured and all those affected.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan also weighed in, saying in a tweet, “Terrorists seek to divide us and to destroy our way of life – here in London we will never let them succeed.”

Metropolitan Police noted in a more recent tweet, “The scene has been fully contained,” and later added, “Please use common sense sand restraint in circulating pictures and videos of the #Streatham incident, including images of the officers involved.”

Motive and nationality of the perpetrator have yet to be determined.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.