Topline: The suspected perpetrator of Friday’s London Bridge stabbing was shot and died at the scene, which police are describing as a terrorist incident, according to multiple reports.
- Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick later confirmed that two people had died in the attack, with three others wounded in the hospital.
- Police were called to London Bridge at around 2 p.m. EST, and were assisted by the emergency services and officers from the City of London police force; it remains unclear how many victims were affected.
- An eyewitness told BBC News that he saw several men attacking one man in a struggle on the bridge, which links the city’s financial district with south London.
- Investigators believe the suspect was wearing a “hoax” explosive device strapped to his body, according to Metropolitan Police assistant commander Neil Basu.
- Prime minister Boris Johnson condemned the incident as an “appalling attack” and applauded emergency services and the public for “their immense bravery” in a statement on Twitter.
- London mayor Sadiq Khan called for unity, saying “those who seek to attack us and divide us will never succeed” in a statement on Twitter.
Crucial quote: The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “At this stage, the circumstances relating to the incident at London Bridge remain unclear. However, as a precaution, we are currently responding to this incident as though it is terror-related. One man has been shot by police. We will provide further information when possible.”
The London mayor also thanked the everyday civilians who helped apprehend the suspect: “What’s remarkable about the images we’ve seen is the breath-taking heroism of members of the public who literally ran towards danger not knowing what confronted them,” Khan said in an interview. “Members of the public didn’t realise at the time that was a hoax device, and they really are the best of us.”