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Strong indications SE London attack by terrorists

Updated: 2013-05-23 03:45
( Xinhua)

LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron said there are strong indications that the attack in southeast London that killed one man is a terrorist incident, during a press conference in Paris on Wednesday.

"It is the most appalling crime. The police are urgently seeking all facts about this case. There are strong indications that it is a terrorist incident," Cameron said at a press conference with French President Francois Hollande.

"I will return to London tonight so that I can chair a COBRA meeting again in the morning to make sure that we have all of the facts of this case," the prime minister said.

Two men attacked one man near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich in Southeast London on Wednesday afternoon, leaving one dead, two injured, Britain's Metropolitan Police (MPS) said.

A man was attacked by two other men near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich in Southeast London on Wednesday afternoon, Britain's Metropolitan Police (MPS) said.

The two attackers were carrying weapons and were shot by police arrived on the scene. They have been taken to separate hospitals for treatment and are considered as suspects, the MPS Commander Simon Letchford said.

The man attacked was later pronounced dead, with local media reports saying he was a soldier. British Ministry of Defense has not confirmed the information.

British Home Secretary Theresa May is chairing COBRA tonight to "bring together the police, the security services, all of the agencies so that we gather every piece of information that we can," Cameron said.

Details of the attack have not been released by the police. Local media reports quoting government sources and witnesses said the victim was hit by a car of the attackers, and then assaulted by knives. Pool of blood could be seen on the scene.


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