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Police shoot man in London stabbing, incident described as terrorism

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LONDON, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Police shot a man in south London on Sunday after several people were believed to have been stabbed in what police described as a terrorism-related incident.

"A man has been shot by armed officers in Streatham (south London). At this stage it is believed a number of people have been stabbed. The circumstances are being assessed; the incident has been declared as terrorist-related," the police said on Twitter.

Police said people should avoid the area.

The last such incident in London was in November, when police shot dead a man wearing a fake suicide vest who stabbed two people to death and wounded three more before being wrestled to the ground by bystanders. Authorities called that a terrorist attack. (Reporting by Elizabeth Piper Writing by Peter Graff Editing by David Goodman and Frances Kerry)