London police gun down knifeman near UK parliament
LONDON: British police on Monday shot dead a man brandishing two knives near parliament in central London, however, it reported that the incident was not terror-related.
The Metropolitan Police said officers on patrol at about 11:25 pm (2325 GMT) on Sunday noticed a man they believed was behaving suspiciously.
“Officers challenged the man who produced two knives. Armed officers responded. Taser and a police firearm were discharged during the incident,” it said in a statement.
“London Ambulance Service attended and the man was pronounced dead at the scene… The incident is not being treated as terrorism.”
The police said the shooting took place near Great Scotland Yard, an area housing government departments.
Britain has been in the grip of a debate about rising knife crime, particularly in London, and two recent attacks in the capital had raised fears of terror attacks. – AFP