Report: Soldier killed in London in suspected terror attack

May 22, 2013 20:22

A man believed to be a soldier was killed in London on Wednesday in what authorities are treating as a suspected terror attack, CNN reported.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has called a meeting of his government's emergency Cobra security committee after the killing of the man in south London, his office said on Wednesday. Britain's government convenes Cobra meetings only to deal with incidents that have implications for national security.Media reports said a British soldier was killed in the incident in the Woolwich district in the southeast of the British capital.

"The prime minister says the killing in Woolwich is truly shocking and he has asked the home secretary (internal affairs minister) to chair a Cobra meeting," his office told Reuters.

At least one man was killed in the incident and two other people were shot by police officers at the scene, police said.

"A number of weapons were reportedly being used in the attack, and this included reports of a firearm," police said in a statement.

Security was tightened in the area immediately after the incident. Helicopters hovered above and nearby roads were sealed off by the police.

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