'Soldier' killed in London street: lawmaker

22nd May 2013, Comments 0 comments

A man thought to be a serving soldier has been killed near a barracks in London, while two alleged suspects are in a serious condition in hospital after police responded to reports of an incident, the local lawmaker said Wednesday.

The incident took place in a street near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.

London Ambulance Service confirmed a man was found dead at the scene, while two other men were taken to hospital, one of them in a serious condition.

A white and blue police evidence tent was visible in the street.

Nick Raynsford, the member of parliament for Woolwich and Greenwich, said his understanding was that the man found dead was a serving soldier.

He said he had spoken to the local borough's police commander and a lieutenant colonel at the Woolwich Barracks.

"One individual is dead, two others are seriously injured and in hospital," he said.

"The circumstances causing the incident are not yet clear.

"We will be trying to do everything possible to try and ensure calm in the area. People will be very, very shocked.

"We think a serving soldier was the victim. We don't know the circumstances surrounding the incident.

"We do know a number of weapons have been seized. They include a gun, various knives, and a machete, apparently.

"The police clearly had to take action in order to try and arrest these individuals."

© 2013 AFP

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