London Bridge stabbing attack declared ‘terrorist incident’; suspect shot dead
A man was shot dead today in London by the London Metropolitan police in a precaution to respond to the London bridge incident. The police commissioner in a press conference explained and narrated the incident.
“A male suspect was shot by specialist armed officers from the City of London Police and I can confirm that the suspect died at the scene,” he said. “A number of other people received injuries during this incident — as soon as we can proved an update on their conditions we will.
The area surrounding the incident was cordoned off and bus, subway and train stations were closed. Shops and restaurants in the area were evacuated.
Video posted to social media from eyewitnesses appeared to show armed police and members of the public crowd around a person on the floor, on the north side of the bridge. Police are treating the incident as though it were terrorism-related on a precautionary basis. The attack was first reported just before 2 p.m. (9 a.m. ET) and the Metropolitan Police confirmed “a number of people have been injured.”
The police, who were called to the incident shortly before 2 p.m. local time, tweeted that circumstances around the incident remained “unclear” and that they would provide more information when possible.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is “being kept updated on the incident at London Bridge and want to thank the police and all emergency services for their immediate response.”
“We must—and we will—stay resolute in our determination to stand strong and united in the face of terror.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan responds after a number of people were stabbed in a “major incident” by London Bridge, authorities say.
The footage shows several officers surrounding the vehicle before moving to the rear to check its container.
London buses can be seen either side of the lorry while three police cars are parked next to it on the bridge.