A terrorist recently released from prison has been shot dead by undercover police in Streatham, south London, after stealing a kitchen knife from a shop and stabbing three people, one of whom one is in a critical condition. Sudesh Amman, jailed for distributing terrorist materials two years ago, was wearing a fake suicide vest when he was shot by the undercover officers who had been following him. There are reports that Amman, 20, kept a notebook where he wrote of his ambition to “die as a shuhada [martyr]”: he seems to have struck days after his early released. He had served half of his three-year sentence.
Gunshots were heard on Streatham High Road at around 2pm, which was then cordoned off. Plain-clothes policemen were soon on the scene, some armed. An eyewitness has been quoted as saying that he “saw a man with a machete and silver canisters on his chest being chased by what I assume was an undercover police officer. The man was then shot. I heard three gunshots.” It later emerged that he stole a 10-inch kitcken knife then ran out of the shop to begin his attack and was apprehended shortly afterwards.
Another, Nardos Mulugeta, told PA:
“I heard a shot and then there was a 20-second gap. Then there were three or four shots together. I went over and I saw the first victim, a male victim on the ground, near the White Lion Pub, and people were helping him.