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A man has died in a suspected terror attack in London sparking a national security alert.

The victim was hacked to death by two assailants who were then shot by police.

British Prime Minister David Cameron immediately cut short a visit to Paris and called a meeting of the government’s emergency response committee known as Cobra.

Speaking in Paris, David Cameron said:

“It is the most appalling crime. We obviously are urgently seeking, the police are urgently seeking, the full facts about this case, but there are strong indications that it is a terrorist incident.”

The attack happened near the Woolwich army barracks in south east London. It is thought the dead man was a serving British soldier. His alleged attackers were taken to hospital.

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