Armed police shot a person on London Bridge after a number of folks had been stabbed on Friday, reviving recollections of a terror assault two years in the past that killed eight.
Scotland Yard mentioned they had been treating the scenario as “terror-related” as a precautionary measure whereas the ambulance companies declared a “main incident”.
One man was being detained.
Britain’s House Secretary Priti Patel, the inside minister, mentioned she was “very involved” at occasions whereas Prime Minister Boris Johnson reduce quick a go to to his constituency in northwest London.
Footage filmed by eyewitnesses circulating on Twitter confirmed a scrum of individuals surrounding a person on the bottom.
One man sporting a coat and tie, retreating from the scene, seemed to be holding a knife in his proper hand.
Three armed officers then appeared on the scene and surrounded the scrum. One officer pulled a person away earlier than two photographs seemed to be fired
Johnson’s spokesman mentioned the premier was on his approach again to his Downing Road workplace, the place he would obtain additional updates on the incident.
In a short assertion, Johnson thanked the police and all emergency companies “for his or her fast response”.
Police mentioned they had been known as at 1:58 pm (1358 GMT) to a stabbing at a premises close to the bridge, which in June 2017 was hit by a terror assault which killed eight and injured 48.
“At this stage, the circumstances referring to the incident at London Bridge stay unclear,” the Metropolitan Police mentioned.
“Nonetheless, as a precaution, we’re at the moment responding to this incident as if it’s terror-related. One man has been shot by police.”
Police mentioned they had been known as simply earlier than 2 pm to a stabbing at premises close to London Bridge.
“Plenty of folks have been stabbed we are going to supplied additional particulars of these injured when doable,” a spokesman mentioned in an announcement.
“A person has been shot by police on the location,” the spokesman added.
– Bridge closed off –
An eyewitness informed reporters: “He was on the bottom with a knife close to him, and a bag close to him after which they surrounded him and armed police shot him.”
A BBC reporter on the bridge on the time mentioned he noticed what seemed to be a combat between a bunch of males, heard two photographs and noticed a person “inclined” on the bottom.
Folks within the space had been shortly ushered away from the scene.
The bridge was closed off, with buses and site visitors on London Bridge at a standstill. A white truck appeared to have jacknifed on the bridge.
One eyewitness informed the BBC she and different folks within the space rushed right into a restaurant and had been informed by workers to take cowl.
“They went, ‘Get underneath the desk, photographs have been fired. Gunshots’,” mentioned the lady.
The 2017 assault concerned Islamist extremists in a van who ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge earlier than attacking folks at random in close by Borough Market.
The three attackers, who had been sporting pretend suicide vests, had been shot lifeless by police.
Borough Market and close by London Bridge station had been each shut as a precaution, in keeping with the emergency companies.
The Metropolitan Police had been on account of problem an announcement exterior their Scotland Yard headquarters.
Britain downgraded its terrorism risk degree from “extreme” to “substantial” on November four, its lowest score in additional than 5 years.
British officers contemplate a terrorist assault “probably” when the risk degree is substantial, and “extremely probably” when it’s extreme.