Police shoot knife man dead on London Bridge, mayor hails bystanders' bravery
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  • 23:13 29 November 2019

Police shoot knife man dead on London Bridge, mayor hails bystanders' bravery

British police on Friday shot dead a knife man wearing a fake suicide vest who had gone on the rampage and stabbed a number of people, describing the attack in central London as a terrorism incident, APA reports citing Reuters.

Police were alerted just before 2 p.m. (1400 GMT) to a stabbing at a premises near London Bridge, the scene of a deadly attack by Islamist militants two years ago.

Half a dozen bystanders wrestled the suspect to the ground and grabbed his knife. A video posted on Twitter shows police dragging one man off the suspect before an officer takes careful aim. Two shots ring out. The man stops moving.

“A male suspect was shot by specialist armed officers from the City of London police and I can confirm that this suspect died at the scene,” the United Kingdom’s top counter-terrorism officer, Neil Basu, told reporters.

“A number of other people received injuries during this incident,” Basu said. “We believe a device that was strapped to the body of the suspect was a hoax explosive device.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has called a snap election for Dec. 12 and is due to host NATO leaders including U.S. President Donald Trump next week, returned to Downing Street and was updated on the incident.

Faig Mahmudov

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