London Bridge Terror: Police Shoot Knifeman, Two Killed

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: A Metropolitan Police Armed Response officer stands guard near Borough Market after a number of people are believed to have been injured after a stabbing on London Bridge, police have said, on November 29, 2019 in London, England. Police responded to an incident around 2:00 …
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One man was shot by police Friday afternoon in the aftermath of a ‘terror’ incident on London Bridge, just yards from the 2017 terror attack where nine were killed and dozens injured in an Islamist attack.

Images and video uploaded to social media from London bridge Friday show dozens of police vehicles and armed response officers in the area amid the apparent knife attack. Police shot one man dead at the scene and several are reported injured.

The site of the incident is directly adjacent to London Bridge Station, one of the busiest rail interchanges in London. An internal railway security alert memo seen by Breitbart London states that during an “incident” on the bridge, a “male has been shot”. The Metropolitan Police have said “We are in the early stages of dealing with an incident at London Bridge.”

UPDATE 2359 — Attacker was known terrorist

The British government will be left with awkward questions to answer after it transpired Friday night that the man believed to be responsible for today’s fatal attack at London Bridge was a known terrorist recently released from prison. Read more at Breitbart London. 

UPDATE 1900 — Two members of the public dead

A Whitehall source has confirmed to the BBC that two members of the public have been killed in the suspsected terror attack.

UPDATE 1730 — Suspect wore fake explosive vest

London’s Metropolitan Police have confirmed the suspect in the stabbing attack at London Bridge was shot, and died of those wounds, at the scene.

The suspect, police say, was wearing a fake suicide vest. This development further develops the similarities to the last terrorist attack against London Bridge perpetrated in 2017, where the attackers wore fake bomb vests, likely to ensure their martyrdom at the hands of firearms officers.

Neil Basu, the senior London police officer responsible for UK counter-terrorism policing summarised the situation in a statement Friday evening, when he said:

I can confirm that at approximately two pm today, Friday 29 November, police were called to a stabbing at a premises near to London Bridge.

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 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 has been involved in this, and is anxiously waiting for information on their loved ones.

As you would expect due to the nature of the incident, we responded as though this 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 counter-terrorism command are leading this investigation, but I must stress that we retain an open mind as to any motive.

A police forensic officer films at the scene on London Bridge where armed police officers shot a suspect in central London, on November 29, 2019. – Armed police shot a man on London Bridge following a stabbing incident on Friday in which several people were believed to have been injured, reviving memories of a terror attack two years ago in which eight were killed. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

UPDATE 1530 — Police investigate “terror-related” incident

London’s Metropolitan Police have said that while they do not yet understand the motive of the knife attack on London Bridge today, they are treating it as a terror incident until they know otherwise. The force has also acknowledged the shooting of a man by officers, although they have not explicitly said the shooting was fatal.

Footage acquired by The Sun newspaper shows members of the public helping detain the knifeman as police arrive at the scene. A man in formal business attire is seen carrying a large kitchen-type knife away from the attacker, while another pins him down. As police pull the member of the public off the alleged terrorist, offers fire twice.

In separate footage, officers can then be seen backing off and keeping their weapons trained on the man from a distance. Images from the Associated Press show a separate individual being detained near the scene.

Police apprehend a man in an street on the south side of London Bridge in London, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. British police say several people have stabbed near to London Bridge, and a man has been detained. The news came after witnesses reported hearing gunshots in the area. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

UPDATE 1515 — One fatality, footage of police opening fire

The exact chain of events on London Bridge this afternoon remains broadly unclear, but one person is now reported to have been one fatality. It is not clear whether this was the man shot by police, or a victim of the knifeman.

In the clearest footage to emerge from London Bridge yet, two men can be seen struggling on the ground. Police officers pull one of the men off the other, and immediately appear to shoot the man lying on the ground at close range. There is no indication of who the man, who can be seen dressed in casual sports clothes, pulled off with force by an officer is or how he became involved in the altercation.

Earlier reports had claimed a bomb scare at the adjacent Borough Market, which has since been dismissed by the emergency services.

The incident has drawn inevitable comparisons to the London Bridge attack, which saw a group of Islamist terrorists drive a van at high speeds into pedestrians before disembarking, and attacking members of the public with knives. The attack took place on the same London Bridge and at the Borough Market, and saw nine victims killed and dozens injured.

No motive is yet known for today’s incident, or whether the jack-knifed white truck across the bridge was involved in the incident, got stuck trying to escape the chaos, or was even placed there by police as a roadblock.

 

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Traffic is stopped and members of the public are held behind a police cordon near Borough Market after reports of shots being fired on London Bridge on November 29, 2019 in London, England. Police responded to an incident around 2:00 pm local time, followed by reports of gunfire. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 29: Traffic is stopped and members of the public are held behind a police cordon near Borough Market after reports of shots being fired on London Bridge on November 29, 2019 in London, England. Police responded to an incident around 2:00 pm local time, followed by reports of gunfire. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Members of the public are held behind a police cordon near London Bridge train station after reports of shots being fired on London Bridge on November 29, 2019 in London, England. Police responded to an incident around 2:00 pm local time, followed by reports of gunfire. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 29: Members of the public are held behind a police cordon near London Bridge train station after reports of shots being fired on London Bridge on November 29, 2019 in London, England. Police responded to an incident around 2:00 pm local time, followed by reports of gunfire. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

UPDATE 1450 — Several injured

Metropolitan Police have confirmed one man has been detained and that several are injured following an incident on London Bridge. Sky News claims police sources reporting five injured, but this number has not been officially confirmed. London Ambulance Service are attending the scene.

Social media video of London Bridge uploaded by bystanders shows armed officers moving up to the bridge while members of the public are ushered away. In another video, several officers can be seen with their rifles trained at a man on the ground.

London Bridge station itself has now been closed, while police hold pedestrians and vehicles behind barriers well away from the scene.

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