British police shot a man on London Bridge in the heart of Britain’s capital on Friday after a stabbing that left several people wounded.
The Metropolitan Police force said the circumstances were still unclear, but “as a precaution, we are currently responding to this incident as though it is terror-related.”
Scores of police, some armed with submachine guns, rushed to the scene, ushering bemused office workers and tourists out of an area packed with office buildings, banks, restaurants and bars. Workers in office blocks in the area were told to stay inside.
The police force said officers were called just before 2 p.m. “to a stabbing at premises near to London Bridge,” which links the city’s business district with the south bank of the River Thames.
They said a man was detained and “a number of people have been injured.”
Witnesses reported seeing what appeared to be fighting on the bridge and hearing several gunshots. Sky News reported that the man shot was the apparent attacker.
One video posted on social media showed two men struggling on the bridge before police pulled a man in civilian clothes off a black-clad man on the ground. Shots then rang out.
Other images showed police, guns drawn, pointing at a figure on the ground in the distance.
According to British media, a violent incident occurred on London Bridge in the British capital. It should have fallen several shots. The reported among other things, the BBC television on Friday afternoon. The bridge was locked.
The Metropolitan Police force says officer were called Friday afternoon “to a stabbing at premises near to London Bridge.”
They say “a man has been detained by police. We believe a number of people have been injured.”
The news comes after witnesses reported hearing gunshots. Sky News reported that police had shot the apparent attacker.
British police say they’re dealing with an incident on London Bridge, and witnesses have reported hearing gunshots.
The Metropolitan Police force tweeted that officers were “in the early stages of dealing with an incident at London Bridge.”
A BBC reporter said he heard shots being fired and saw someone on the ground.