Two people were killed in a terrorist attack at London Bridge on Friday afternoon.
Police said that three people were dead, counting the attacker and the two people he stabbed as part of the death toll.
Police were called to a stabbing near the bridge just before 2:00 p.m. local time. Officers shot and killed the suspect at the scene.
Assistant Police Commissioner Neil Basu confirmed that “a male suspect was shot by specialist armed officers from the City of London police, and I can confirm that this suspect died at the scene.”
“A number of other people received injuries during this incident. As soon as we can provide further updates on their condition we will. And our heartfelt sympathies go out to everybody who’s been involved in this and is anxiously waiting for information on their loved ones. As soon as we can get that information we will get it to you,” he told reporters.
“As you would expect due to the nature of the incident, we responded as though this was terrorist related. I’m now in a position to confirm that it has been declared a terrorist incident,” stressed Basu.
He said that the scene of the attack was cordoned off due to reports that the suspect may have had an explosive device. While police believe a device that was strapped to the body of the suspect is a hoax explosive device, he added, officers continue to carry out meticulous searches in the area to ensure there is no outstanding threat to the public.
A video posted to Twitter shows a group of about half a dozen men wrestling with a person on the ground on the sidewalk of the bridge. One of them backs away from the scene carrying a knife.
Metropolitan Police said they are investigating the incident as terror-related.
“At this stage, the circumstances relating to the incident at London Bridge remain unclear. However, as a precaution, we are currently responding to this incident as though it is terror-related,” they tweeted.
The Guardian reported that Scotland Yard counter terrorism is involved in the investigation.
An eyewitness told CNN he was in a meeting in a building near London Bridge when he heard “more than five” gunshots.
A video has emerged showing police officers aiming guns at a white lorry that jack-knifed across London Bridge.
The footage shows several officers surrounding the vehicle before moving to the rear to check its container.
Metropolitan Police have cordoned off the area and advised anyone nearby to “follow the directions of any officer on the ground.”
Transport for London confirmed that London Bridge station, a major terminus for commuters across the southeast of England, was closed due to an “emergency services incident.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was briefed on the incident.
“I’m being kept updated on the incident at London Bridge and want to thank the police and all emergency services for their immediate response,” he tweeted.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said, “The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that as a precaution the horrendous incident at London Bridge is being treated as though it is terrorism-related.”
“I remain in close contact with the Metropolitan Police and am being kept updated with events. It has been confirmed that people were injured in the attack. My heart goes out to them, their families and all affected,” he added.
“Thank you to our brave emergency services who responded to today’s horrific attack. Every day they put their lives on the line for us – running towards danger in order to keep London safe.”
“We must- and we will – stay resolute in our determination to stand strong and united in the face of terror. Those who seek to attack us and divide us will never succeed.”
London Bridge was the scene of a terrorist attack in June of 2017, in which Islamic State (ISIS)-inspired attackers ran down people on the bridge, killing two. They then proceeded to stab several people to death in nearby Borough Market.
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