Multiple People Stabbed Near London Bridge in London, England, Man Detained: Police

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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, report the AP and Sky News. 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.” Police rushed to the scene, ushering 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 2pm “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. London Bridge was the scene of a June 2017 attack when Islamic State-inspired attackers ran down people on the bridge, killing two, before stabbing several people to death in nearby Borough Market. In March 2017, an attacker fatally struck four people with a car on nearby Westminster Bridge, then fatally stabbed a police officer before security forces shot and killed him in a courtyard outside Parliament. (Read more London Bridge stories.)

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