London (29/11). Police have shot a man in a “terror-related” incident on London Bridge that left several people injured and led to the clearing of part of the UK capital’s financial district after reports of gunshots.
The Metropolitan Police said one man “has been shot by police”, adding: “We are currently responding to this incident as though it is terror-related.” It said a man had been detained by police.
The Met said officers had been called at 1.58 pm to reports of a stabbing at a “premises near London Bridge”. Emergency services, including officers from the Metropolitan Police both attended. “We believe a number of people have been injured,” the force said.
The incident prompted the closing-off of areas on both sides of the river Thames, including the locking down of London Bridge, as videos posted on social media showed people tussling on the ground on the bridge’s north-west corner before a police officer apparently fired a taser stun gun at one man.
A video filmed from an office above the bridge showed three armed officers pointing weapons at a man lying on the pavement on the bridge’s north-west side.
“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 said.
The incident came with large numbers of people in the area.
Large numbers of emergency vehicles rushed to the scene in the heart of Britain’s financial district. It was not immediately clear who the attacker was or what his motivation might have been but intelligence services in Europe were warning of possible jihadist attacks in Europe.
London Bridge was one of the scenes of a terror attack in June 2017, in which three Islamist extremists killed eight people, first by driving a van along the pavement on London Bridge and then by stabbing people in Borough Market. The attackers were quickly shot dead by police.
Boris Johnson, prime minister, tweeted that he was being “kept updated on the incidents at London Bridge and want to thank the police and all emergency services for their immediate response.”
The incident comes only weeks after Priti Patel, home secretary, downgraded the UK’s terror threat level, which estimates the risk of a terror attack, from “severe” to “substantial”, for the first time in five years.