Knife attacker in fake suicide vest killed by police on London Bridge
A terrorist wearing a fake suicide vest who went on a knife rampage in central London has been shot dead by police.
Several people were stabbed by the knifeman before he was grappled to the ground and disarmed by members of the public on London Bridge
Footage on social media showed one man being urged to move away by armed officers before the suspect was shot at point-blank range.
Another bystander could be seen carrying a large knife from the scene.
The members of the public who intervened have been widely praised, with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan hailing their “breathtaking heroism” and Prime Minister Boris Johnson their “extraordinary bravery”.
Eye-witnesses said the suspect appeared to be wearing a suicide vest but Neil Basu, the head of UK counter-terrorism policing, said the vest was a fake.
He said police were called at around 2pm on Friday to a stabbing “at a premises near London Bridge”.
The bridge was the scene of a terror attack in 2017 – also during a general election campaign – when eight victims were killed along with the three terrorists, who were also wearing fake suicide vests and armed with knives.
After being shot, the suspect in Friday’s attack raised his arms towards his head before lying still. A second knife could be seen on the ground near his body.
Mr Basu told reporters: “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.”
Scotland Yard did not give any details of the number of injured.
The London Ambulance Service declared it a major incident and one picture on social media appeared to show a body covered with a blanket.