Armed police surround the terror suspect on London Bridge

Several wounded in London Bridge terror attack; stabber shot dead

British police say suspect had fake explosive device strapped to his body; city's mayor praises 'breathtaking heroism' of the members of public who intervened, running toward the suspect in attempt to bring him down

Reuters |
Updated: 11.29.19 , 19:52
LONDON - British police on Friday shot dead a man who had strapped a fake bomb to his body and stabbed a number of people in what they said was a terrorism incident in the London Bridge area of the capital.
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  • Police said they had been alerted at just before 2 p.m. to a stabbing at a premises near London Bridge, the scene of a deadly attack by Islamist militants two years ago.

     Armed police surround the terror suspect on London Bridge Armed police surround the terror suspect on London Bridge
    Armed police surround the terror suspect on London Bridge
    (Photo: AP, @HLOBlog)
    "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," the United Kingdom's top counter-terrorism officer, Neil Basu, told reporters.
    "A number of other people received injuries during this incident," Basu said. "We believe a device that was strapped to the body of the suspect was a hoax explosive device."
    Armed London police officers at the scene of the attack  Armed London police officers at the scene of the attack
    Armed London police officers at the scene of the attack
    (Photo: Reuters)
    A video posted on Twitter showed a group of about half a dozen men wrestling with someone on the ground on the sidewalk of the bridge. One of them backs away from the scene carrying a knife.
    As he looks towards the melee, an armed police officer drags another person away from the man on the floor.
    Soon after, what sound like two gunshots ring out, and the man on the ground stops moving. Reuters could not immediately verify the footage.
    London Mayor Sadiq Khan commended the "breathtaking heroism" of the members of public who intervened in the incident, running toward the suspect.
    He said police were not looking for anyone else in the stabbings.
     London police officers at the scene of the attack  London police officers at the scene of the attack
    London police officers at the scene of the attack
    (Photo: AP)
    Khan confirmed that a number of people were wounded in the incident and that some of the injuries are serious.
    He did not offer a figure, but said it was important to allow the families of those who were hurt some privacy.
    The ambulance service declared a "major incident" in the area and London Bridge station, a busy commuter hub, was closed.
    People in buildings around the scene were evacuated to the north side of the River Thames by security services.
    A Metropolitan Police officer moves an uninvolved person away from a cordon after an incident on London Bridge Nov. 29, 2019 A Metropolitan Police officer moves an uninvolved person away from a cordon after an incident on London Bridge Nov. 29, 2019
    A Metropolitan Police officer moves an uninvolved person away from a cordon after an incident on London Bridge Nov. 29, 2019
    (Photo: AP)

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    Prime Minister Boris Johnson was on his way back to Downing Street and Basu said he would be giving him a full briefing.
    "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," Johnson said in a statement.
    London Bridge was the scene of an attack in June 2017 when three militants drove a van into pedestrians and then attacked people in the surrounding area, killing eight people and injuring at least 48.
    Islamic State said its fighters were responsible.
    The month before, a suicide bomber killed 22 children and adults and wounded 59 at a packed concert hall in the northern English city of Manchester, as crowds began leaving a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande.
    Flowers in Manchester city center for the young victims of the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert Flowers in Manchester city center for the young victims of the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert
    Flowers in Manchester city center for the young victims of the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert
    (Photo: Getty Images)
    And in March the same year, an attacker stabbed a policeman close to London's parliament buildings after a car ploughed into pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge.
    Six people died, including the assailant and the policeman he stabbed, and at least 20 were injured in what police called a "marauding terrorist attack".
    Earlier this month, Britain had lowered its national terrorism threat level to "substantial" from "severe," its lowest level since 2014.

    First published: 19:52 , 11.29.19
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