"Two men, who we believe from early reports to have been carrying weapons, were shot by police," Commander Simon Letchford said. Local MP Nick Raynsford said he had been told the man attacked in the street was a soldier serving at the Royal Artillery Barracks near the attack, the Telegraph reported.
Home Secretary Theresa May has summoned a meeting of the government's emergency response committee Cobra to assess the incident. It is understood she has also requested updates from the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe, and the head of MI5, BBC reported. Whitehall sources have told the BBC it is "a fair supposition" that the incident was a terrorist incident but police have not commented publicly on the suggestion.
London Ambulance Service confirmed one man had been found dead at the scene. It said two men had been taken to hospital, one in a serious condition. One of the men was airlifted from the scene, and another was taken away by road ambulance.