VIDEO: Suspect shot dead and a number of people stabbed in London Bridge terrorist incident


Police have confirmed in a statement that the suspect in the London Bridge incident was shot and died at the scene.

Neil Basu, the head of UK counter-terrorism policing, confirmed that they are now treating the incident as a terrorist attack.

“At approximately 2pm today, police were called to a stabbing at a premises near London Bridge.

“Emergency services attended including officers from the City of London Police and Metropolitan Police.

“A male suspect was shot by specialist armed officers from City of London police and I can confirm that this suspect died at the scene.”

One of the members of public disarmed the attacker keeping the knife from harms way.

Mr Basu said that specialist officers had been deployed after reports that the suspect had an explosive vest, but the device was believed to be a “hoax”.

He added: “Due to reports that the suspect might have had an explosive device specialist officers attended the scene.

“However, I can confirm at this time we believe a device that was strapped to the body of the suspect is a hoax explosive device.”

Mr Basu said he would give updates to the families of those injured “as soon as we can get that information”.

“A number of other people received injuries during this incident. As soon as we can provide further updates on their condition, we will,” he told the press conference.

“Our heartfelt sympathies go out to everybody who has been involved in this and is anxiously waiting for information on their loved ones.

“As soon as we can get that information, we will get it to you.”

Mr Basu said the attack had been declared a terrorist incident but the force was retaining an open mind to the motive.

He added: “Due to the nature of the incident we responded as though this was terrorist-related.

“I am now in a position to declare it is a terrorist incident.

“Officers from the Met counter terrorism command are now leading this investigation.”

London Ambulance Service have also provided an update on the incident:

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