London police: Several people stabbed in attack, suspect killed

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Police officers clear the area near Borough Market after an incident at London Bridge, in London, United Kingdom, November 29, 2019 [Dylan Martinez/Reuters]

Police officers clear the area near Borough Market after an incident at London Bridge, in London, United Kingdom, November 29, 2019 [Dylan Martinez/Reuters]

Several people were injured in a stabbing attack on Friday at London Bridge, said London’s Metropolitan Police, which is treating the incident as an act of terrorism.

Police shot and killed the male suspect at the scene.

“Police were called at 1:58pm to a stabbing at premises near to London Bridge,” the police force said on Twitter. “A number of people have been stabbed.”

London Ambulance Service declared a “major incident”, saying it had several crews at the scene.

There was a heavy police presence and the area was sealed off as helicopters circled above. Several buildings were put on lockdown.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I’m being kept updated on the incident at London Bridge and want to thank the police and all emergency services for their immediate response.”

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, wrote on Twitter: “Shocking reports from London Bridge. My thoughts are with those caught up in the incident. Thank you to the police and emergency services who are responding.”

Social media footage showed police detaining a man, with gunshots heard in some videos. Other images showed people fleeing Borough Market.

Connor Allen, an events manager who was near the scene, told Al Jazeera he heard “quite a few” gunshots. 

“Everyone just started running, that’s what you do in that situation,” he said, describing scenes of “pandemonium”.

In 2017, at least eight people were killed in the London Bridge area when attackers ploughed a van into pedestrians before carrying out a stabbing assault at Borough Market.

SOURCE:
Al Jazeera News

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