A police officer stands guard near to the scene where a man was shot and killed by armed police on Feb 2, 2020 in London, England. (HOLLIE ADAMS / GETTY IMAGES / BLOOMBERG)
UK police officers shot and killed a man in south London who stabbed two people in a terrorism-related incident that the Metropolitan Police said was “Islamist-related.”
Police said a third person received minor injuries probably caused by glass following the discharge of a police weapon. All three victims were taken to London hospitals, one with life-threatening injuries. Specialist officers established that a device strapped to the suspect’s body was a hoax explosive.
Police officers were immediately on the scene in Streatham because of a “proactive Counter-Terrorism operation,” Lucy D’Orsi, the Met’s deputy assistant commissioner, said in a statement Sunday.
Terrorists seek to divide us and to destroy our way of life
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
Sudesh Amman, the man shot dead by police on Sunday, had been jailed for promoting violent Islamist material and had encouraged his girlfriend to behead her parents.
In November 2018 he pleaded guilty to possession of terrorist documents and disseminating terrorist publications, and the following month he was sentenced to more than three years in prison.
When officers examined his computers and phone, they found he had downloaded material about making explosives and carrying out terrorist attacks, according to police.
Messages showed that he had discussed with his family, friends and girlfriend his extreme views and desire to carry out an attack, often focused on using a knife, police said.
In December 2017 Amman posted a picture of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed during a US raid in Syria in October, and told his brother in a message that “the Islamic State is here to stay.”
He also described Yazidi women as slaves and said the Koran made it permissible to rape them, and in another message he encouraged his girlfriend to behead her parents.
According to the Guardian newspaper, the attacker was under active surveillance and the subject of a live investigation.
“Terrorists seek to divide us and to destroy our way of life,” Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said in a statement. “Here in London we will never let them succeed.”
The attack is the latest in a series of terror-related incidents in the British capital. Two people were killed near London Bridge in November, and eight people died in another attack at the same location in 2017.
Before winning the UK’s general election in December, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he wanted to toughen punishment for those convicted of terror or extremist offenses.
“My thoughts are with the injured and all those affected,” Johnson said Sunday on Twitter. “Thank you to all emergency services responding to the incident in Streatham.”
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