London Bridge attack – Terrorist in fake suicide vest shot dead by cops after 12 injured
By: Brittany Vonow and Matthew Coyle, The Sun, 29 Nov 2019:
POLICE have shot dead a terrorist wearing a fake suicide vest after at least 12 people were injured in a shocking attack at London Bridge today.
Terrifying footage from the scene shows armed officers shooting the knifeman twice after hero bystanders wrestled him to the ground.
The suspect can be seen in the fake suicide belt after 12 people were injured at London Bridge todayCredit: Sky
The terror suspect can be seen lying on London Bridge after being chased by witnesses armed with sticks and a fire extinguisher before he was shot by policeCredit: Cliff Hide for The Times
A local hero is seen holding the knife he wrestled from the suspect as police swoopCredit: @Natty_Shep_PVS
Armed police can be seen with their guns trained on a suspect on London BridgeCredit: PA:Press Association
The suspect was surrounded by cops after several people were injured Credit: Twitter
The man can be seen on the ground with a knife nearby Credit: Click News and Pictures
Emergency services can be seen giving a person CPR at London Bridge
Terrified witnesses said they heard shouting before several shots rang outCredit: Wilfried Haubenberger – Fabulous Magazine
A woman can be seen being carried away from the bridge
The attack comes 15 months after the capital was gripped by terror when a man ploughed into cyclists outside the Houses of Parliament in August, 2018 – and two years on from the London Bridge terror attack that killed eight in 2017.
Neil Basu, the head of UK counter-terrorism policing, confirmed a number of people had been injured in the stabbing attack this afternoon.
He said: “We believe a device was strapped to the body of the suspect was a hoax device.”
He said that while authorities were keeping an “open mind”, it had been declared as a terrorist incident.
The Sun Online understands at least 12 people were injured.
Video footage shows heavily armed cops and members of the public surrounding and grappling with the man who is lying on the ground on the north side of the bridge.
The armed cops then order the members of the public to step away from the “tall bearded” man before he is shot by one of the firearms officers about 2pm.
A lorry has been left jacknifed across the bridge as hundreds of panicked civilians ran for their lives.
Pictures from the scene showed one large kitchen knife lying next to the suspect’s body with a second blade removed by a hero passerby.
Guy Lawrence, 48, said he saw a man running out of a building, believed to be Fishmonger’s Hall, armed with two kitchen knives with 20cm blades.
He claimed one member of the public was seen running after the suspect, one armed with a 6ft stick and another with a fire extinguisher.
He told The Times: “I saw all traffic stopped in front of me. I heard shooting — there was an attack. And I saw a guy on the floor. I heard two shots: bang, bang.
“Police were running towards us and they told us to get out and run.”
I was just walking along the bridge and I heard four or five shots from behind me. I just ran. I didn’t even look back
Lord Mayor Sadiq Khan this afternoon paid tribute to the brave emergency services as well as the “breathtaking heroism” of members of the public who ran towards danger.
He said: “Terrorism is cowardly and evil. We must and we will stand united and resolute in the face of terror.
“Those who seek to attack and divide us will never succeed.”
Another woman Coralie said she saw a girl running from the scene after being stabbed in the arm.
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She said she saw “two, three people stabbed” at Fishmongers’ Hall, saying: “One minor and the other two were proper bleeding.
“One of our colleagues is in the hospital with three stabs.”
Witnesses recounted how they heard “five or six” gunshots ring out as cops swooped.
Amanda Hunter said she was on a bus when it came to a stop, saying: “There was a commotion and I looked over the window and I saw three police officers running over to a man who had something in his hand, I don’t know what.
“I saw a police officer shoot him.
“I saw a man and three police officers trying to put him on the ground and then I heard about three shots go into the man and then police officers went away from the suspect.”
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