By Harry Phibbs
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This afternoon a man died and two were injured after a machete attack in Woolwich. It is being treated as an act of terrorism. It is understood that the murder victim was a soldier at Woolwich barracks.
The BBC reports that the Home Secretary Theresa May "has summoned a meeting of the government's emergency response committee Cobra to assess the incident." She describes it as a "sickening and barbaric" attack.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson described the attack as a "sickening deluded and unforgivable act of violence".
The Prime Minister David Cameron is cutting short visit to Paris. He has described the killing as "truly shocking."
A Downing Street spokesman says:
"The Prime Minister has spoken to the Home Secretary, who he asked to chair COBR. He has been briefed on all developments of the Woolwich shooting. He will return to London tonight and will chair COBR in the morning."