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London Bridge Terror Suspect Shot Dead By Police At The Scene

London Bridge Terror Suspect Shot Dead By Police At The Scene

Police were called to reports of a stabbing earlier today

Dominic Smithers

Dominic Smithers

A man was shot dead on London Bridge by police today, it has been confirmed.

The Metropolitan Police have now said it was a terror-related incident but the device that was strapped to the suspect's body was, in fact, a hoax.

Met Police assistant commissioner Neil Basu held a press conference updating the media on the situation.

He told reporters: "I can confirm at approximately 14:00 GMT today police were called to a stabbing at a premises near to London Bridge.

"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.

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

Assistant commissioner Neil Basu updated the press on the situation.

He went on: "We retain an open mind as to any motive. It would be inappropriate to speculate further at this time.

"Due to reports that the suspect may have had an explosive device, specialist officers also attended the scene and wide cordons are in place ensure there remains no further danger to the public."

He added that the Met 'will be enhancing police patrols both in the city and across London', as a result of the incident.

Assistant Commissioner Basu said that police would offer an update on the condition of victims once they have more information.

He added: "A number of other people received injuries "As soon as we can provide updates on their condition we will."

Footage captured by passers-by appeared to show members of the public intervening in the terrifying incident, attempting to detain the suspect.

Bus driver Mustafa Salih, 62, was travelling from Borough High Street towards London Bridge when he saw a number of emergency vehicles and the police cordon.

Speaking to BBC London, he said: "A police officer came up to me and said turn off your engine, get off and run.

"I looked up and I could see a crowd of people coming towards me.

"One woman was crying. I ran back down to Borough High Street. It was all very scary as we did not know what was happening."

The country's politicians have also been reacting to the devastating attack, offering their sympathies to those affected.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn offered his condolences to the victims, writing: "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."

Praising the first responders for their bravery, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "I want to thank the emergency services and members of the public for their immense bravery in responding to this suspected terrorist attack at London Bridge.

"This is an appalling incident and all my thoughts are with the victims and their families."

Featured Image Credit: PA