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The Met Police has declared the attack a terrorist incident. A number of people have been stabbed and a man has been shot by police at London Bridge.
18:41 this page will no longer be updated.
“The very best of our country”
Huge thanks to the Metropolitan Police and City of London officers who shot the attacker, the amazing bystanders who tackled the man to the ground and the superb staff at the Royal London Hospital Whitechapel who are now treating casualties.
“And clearly my thoughts are first with emergency services with the police the bravery that they showed in going towards danger as they do. I also want to pay tribute to the extraordinary bravery of those members of the public who physically intervened to protect the lives of others. And for me, they represent the very best of our country, and I thank them on behalf of all of our country.” Prime Minister Boris Johnson
BBC reports two people killed
Posted at 18:20
BBC News reports that two people were killed by the terrorist before police officers shot him. Area remains cordoned off but no further threat. Police patrols across London stepped up.
Statement from Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations Neil Basu
Posted at 16:47
“I can confirm that at approximately 2pm today, Friday, 29 November, police were called to a stabbing at a premises near to London Bridge, EC1.
“Emergency services attended, including officers from the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police.
“A male suspect was shot by specialist armed officers from City of London Police and I can confirm that this suspect died at the scene.
“A number of other people received injuries during the incident and as soon as we can provide further updates on their condition, we will. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to those anxiously awaiting news from loved ones.
“As you would expect, due to the nature of the incident, we responded as though it was terrorist-related. I am now in a position to confirm that it has been declared a terrorist incident. We are working jointly with the City of London Police as we continue to respond.
“Officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command are now leading this investigation. I must stress, however, that we retain an open mind as to any motive. It would not be appropriate to speculate further at this time.
“Due to reports that the suspect may have had an explosive device, specialist officers also attended the scene and wide cordons are in place to ensure there remains no further danger to the public.
“However, I can confirm that at this time, we believe a device that was strapped to the body of the suspect is a hoax explosive device. Officers continue to carry out meticulous searches in the area to ensure there is no outstanding threat to the public.
“Those extensive cordons will remain in place for a considerable time and I would ask the public please continue to avoid the area.
“Public safety is obviously our top priority and we will be enhancing police patrols in the City and across London.
“I would ask anyone with information, image or footage of the incident that this be shared with our investigation team to do so on the UK Police Image appeal website. I would also ask the public to “continue to remain vigilant and report any concerns they have to police.”
+ Anyone with information that could assist with the investigation can call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. In an emergency call 999.
Anyone who may have footage or images of the incident is asked to send them to police via: www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk
Source: Met Police.
Assistant commissioner Neil Basu adds: “A number of other people received injuries.
“As soon as we can provide updates on their condition we will.”
Met Police assistant commissioner Neil Basu tells reporters: “I can confirm at approximately 14:00 GMT today police were called to a stabbing at a premises near to London Bridge.
“A male suspect was shot by specialist armed officers from City of London Police and I can confirm that this suspect died at the scene.”
Assistant commissioner Neil Basu adds: “I can confirm at this time we believe a device that was strapped to the body of the suspect is a hoax explosive device.”
Official statement from Metropolitan Police
At 16:00hrs on Friday, 29 November:
Police were called at 13:58hrs on Friday, 29 November, to a stabbing at premises near to London Bridge, EC1.
Emergency services attended, including officers from the Met and City of London Police.
A number of people have been stabbed. We will provide further details of those injured when possible.
A man has been shot by police at the location.
At this early stage, the circumstances relating to the incident remain unclear. However, as a precaution, we are currently responding to this incident as though it is terrorist-related.
+ We are aware of footage circulating on social media of the incident. We ask media to ensure that nothing is broadcast or published which would identify the police firearms officers involved.