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London Bridge: Knife attacker shot dead and several people injured in terror attack
A number of people were stabbed by the knifeman before he was grappled to the ground by members of the public and shot dead by armed police.Several people were stabbed by the knifeman before he was grappled to the ground and disarmed by members of the public.
Police officers have shot dead a man suspected of carrying out a terrorist attack on London Bridge in which several people were stabbed.
Despite reports suggesting that the attacker was wearing explosives, Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Neil Basu said the device was believed to be a hoax.
A cordon remains in place while searches continue to ensure that there is no ongoing threat to the public. The Met said more officers would be on duty to ensure public saftey.
At this stage, the circumstances relating to the incident at #LondonBridge remain unclear. However, as a precaution, we are currently responding to this incident as though it is terror-related.One man has been shot by police. We will provide further information when possible.
Multiple injuries reported in London stabbing incident
The London Ambulance Service declared a "major incident" on Friday at London Bridge, where multiple people were stabbed by a suspect who was subsequently shot and killed by police, CNN reports. On Twitter, London's Metropolitan Police Service said that "as a precaution, we are currently responding to this incident as though it is terror-related." The chaotic scene unfolded around 1:58 PM, with one nearby worker telling CNN of hearing "more thanThe chaotic scene unfolded around 1:58 PM, with one nearby worker telling CNN of hearing "more than five" gunshots in the area of the iconic bridge, and another saying, "A colleague out for lunch messaged to say there'd been an incident...
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Videos circulated on social media show members of the public tackling a man, struggling to hold him down, shortly before 2pm this afternoon. A man wearing a suit and tie backs away from the struggle, appearing to hold a knife that has been taken from the suspect.
One by one, members of the public are pulled away from the suspect by an armed police officer, as two others aim their weapons at him at close range.
When the last civilian is pulled away, he appears to try to get up. Sky News reports that police then appear to fire two shots, heard on the video, and the suspect lies on the ground.
Borough Market and the area around London Bridge has been shut off, according to the BBC, and a number of office buildings, bars and restaurants on the area placed on lockdown. King’s College London says its Guy’s Campus has been “temporarily locked down”.
Timeline of recent terror attacks
Friday’s knife rampage has echoes of the 2017 outrage on London Bridge and Borough Market.The previous attack, on June 3 2017, left eight people dead and 48 others injured before the attackers, Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, were shot dead by police.
London Ambulance Service despatched a number of crews to the scene, while London’s Air Ambulance charity was also dispatched to the area.
Police urged people to use “common sense and restraint” when considering posting pictures and videos of the incident online. They have however asked that the public shares any pictures or footage with their officers.
In a statement posted to Twitter, 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 terror-related.
“It has been confirmed that people were injured in the attack. My heart goes out to them, their families and all affected.”
Boris Johnson has returned to Downing Street from his constituency to where he will receive further information in relation to the incident. He will receive a personal briefing shortly.
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