UPDATED, 12:30 PM PT with confirmed deaths, more info: Two people have been killed and three others injured in a terror attack at London Bridge on Friday, during which the suspect was shot dead by police.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed the deaths during a press briefing Friday evening following the incident, which took place in the British capital at around 2 PM local time.
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The male suspect was shot dead after police received reports he was carrying an explosive device. Investigations later confirmed the device was a hoax.
The London Ambulance Service said it was a “major incident” and a number of crews attended the scene at London Bridge, where the River Thames crossing was placed on lockdown.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan described Friday’s events as a “horrendous incident,” adding that the capital must “stand strong and united in the face of terror.”
In a press briefing, he added that members of the public and police officers displayed “breathtaking heroism” in helping tackle the suspect. “They really are the best of us,” Khan said.
My statement on the incident at London Bridge. pic.twitter.com/UDL77f4uMK
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) November 29, 2019
A number of videos circulated on social media appearing to show a scuffle on London Bridge itself involving a number of people and the apparent sound of a gun being fired.
BBC reporter John McManus was on the scene as the incident unfolded. He said there “appeared to be a fight going on” with one man being attacked by others. Police arrived and “a number of shots were fired at this man,” McManus said.
London Bridge was the scene of a major terror attack in 2017 when eight people were killed and nearly 50 others injured after three attackers drove into pedestrians and then went on a stabbing spree.
The New York Police Department said there are “currently no specific or credible threats in NYC” following the incident in London.
There are currently no specific or credible threats in NYC.
As always, if you see something, say something. Or call 888-NYC-SAFE https://t.co/gCoAsIYv4p
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) November 29, 2019
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