• London Bridge incident: Police declare incident a 'terrorist attack'; suspect killed

    By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    LONDON - A man was arrested and several people were injured Friday after a stabbing near London Bridge, the London Metropolitan Police said. A suspect in the incident was killed by London police.

    Police shut down London Bridge after the 1:58 p.m. incident, the BBC reported. The incident comes two years after a terrorist attack at the bridge.

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    In a statement, London Police said they were in the "early stages of dealing with an incident at London Bridge,". ITV reported.

    Update 11:26 a.m. EST Nov. 29: Police declared Friday's incident at London Bridge a terrorist attack, and the suspect was fatally shot, according to Neil Basu, the assistant commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police. Basu said the man had a "hoax explosive device" on his body when he was shot.

    Update 11:10 a.m. EST Nov. 29: London Metropolitan Police tweeted "a number of people" were stabbed in the incident.

    Update 11:08 a.m. EST Nov. 29: London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted a statement confirming the "horrendous incident" at London Bridge was being treated as terrorist-related. 

    "I remain in close contact with the Metropolitan Police and am being updated with events," the mayor said.

    Update 10:48 a.m. EST Nov. 29: London Bridge spans the Thames River in central London and is a major traffic artery. It was the scene in June 2017 of a terrorist attack, when people identified as sympathizers of the Islamic State rammed pedestrians with their van, then looked for victims to stab, The Washington Post reported. Eight people were killed and 48 injured in the attack on the bridge and at nearby Borough Market, CNN reported.

    Update 10:30 a.m. EST Nov. 29: In a tweet, London Metropolitan Police said they are treating the incident "as though it is terror-related." Police added one man was shot by authorities.

    Update 10:16 a.m. EST Nov. 29: Buses and other vehicles were abandoned on London Bridge after the incident Friday afternoon, ITV reported. Footage posted from inside a bus on London Bridge showed armed police pointing their weapons at a person who appeared to be lying on the pavement, the network reported.

    In a tweet, London Metropolitan Police said they are aware of reports on social media but are withholding comment. "We will release facts when we can -- our info must be accurate," the department tweeted.

    Update 10:02 a.m. EST Nov. 29: London police said they had detained a man, the BBC reported. London Ambulance Service has declared a "major incident". ​​​​​

    Jinnat Ui Hasan told CNN he was in a meeting in a building near London Bridge when he heard "more than five" gunshots. 

    London Metropolitan Police have not confirmed shots were fired, the network reported. Public information officials with the police described the situation as "dynamic."

    Original report: Both ends of the bridge were closed as emergency vehicles arrived, the network reported.

    BBC reporter John McManus said he saw a group of men involved in a fight on the bridge. After police arrived, McManus said he heard shots.

    This is a developing story.

     

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