London Bridge terror: Man wore fake suicide bomb as he attacked crowd, police confirm

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed a man has been detained, one civillian dead and five people have been injured. Emergency services were also called to London Bridge amid reports of shots being fired at the London tourist attraction.  Online footage has shown police shielding behind a police car on the bridge as multiple shots are fired.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “I can confirm that approx 2pm today police were called to a stabbing near London Bridge.

“Emergency services attended.

“A male suspect was shot by specialIST armed officers of the city London police and died at the scene.

“Our hearts are with all those affected.

BBC correspondent John McManus told BBC News that he had heard several gunshots on London Bridge.

“Just a few minutes ago I was walking across London Bridge on the south bank to the north bank of the bridge,” he said.

“There appeared to be a fight going on on the other side of the bridge, with several men attacking one man.”

Twitter users flocked social media claiming shots have been fired and that a large police presence is at the scene. One said: “Shots fired in London Bridge apparently wtf.” Another said: “Someone just shot on London Bridge #london.”


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Kelby McNally, OK! Online’s editor, works in the Northern and Shell Building on Lower Thames Street near to London Bridge.

She said: “I was coming out of Pret on Eastcheap and there were loads of people just running, I thought it was a fire alarm or something, and then I saw two girls from my office who told me not to go back there. I asked what had happened, and they said they had heard gunshots and now everyone is running.

“City of London police officers and paramedics told us, ‘You need to go that way, do not go near London Bridge, run that way’.

“Everyone was running, so then we came to where the Sky Garden building is and the security guards let everyone in. We’re sat in the foyer of this building, and everyone is running outside. Now everyone is being let out of this building but they’re saying you cannot walk back towards London Bridge, go towards Liverpool Street.”

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