Two victims were killed, three were injured, and a suspect was shot dead by police in a terrorist incident on London Bridge on Friday afternoon, London Metropolitan Police said.
Neil Basu, assistant commissioner with the Met Police, said that officers and emergency services responded to reports of a stabbing at about 2 p.m. near London Bridge.
He said that one man was shot by specialist officers from the City of London police and died at the scene. He said the man was wearing a ‘hoax’ explosive vest and he could “confirm that it has been declared a terrorist incident.”
“I must stress we retain an open mind as to any motive,” he said. “It would be inappropriate to speculate further at this time.” Police had said earlier on Twitter that “a number of people have been stabbed.” Basu did not give an update as to their condition, but said that information would be shared later.
Armed police and officers with sniffer dogs just raced down canon street towards the station away from London Bridge. On the north side here several roads are closed.