Two dead in Lon­don Bridge knife at­tack

Manchester Evening News - - NATIONAL -

A KNIFE-WIELD­ING ter­ror­ist wear­ing a fake sui­cide vest killed two peo­ple be­fore be­ing shot dead by po­lice.

The at­tacker, who has not been named, was killed on Lon­don Bridge yes­ter­day af­ter­noon in full view of hor­ri­fied on­look­ers.

Emer­gency ser­vices con­firmed three peo­ple were taken to hos­pi­tal but re­fused to state whether this was on top of the civilian fa­tal­i­ties.

Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son praised mem­bers of the pub­lic “for their im­mense brav­ery” af­ter it emerged by­standers helped tackle the sus­pect to the ground and dis­arm him.

Mr John­son called a meet­ing of the Gov­ern­ment’s emer­gency com­mit­tee Co­bra last night.

Sev­eral peo­ple were stabbed by the knife­man be­fore he was stopped in his tracks on Lon­don Bridge, which was the scene of the bloody mas­sacre in sum­mer 2017 where eight peo­ple were killed and 48 se­ri­ously in­jured. White­hall sources told the PA news agency that two of the vic­tims had died and one per­son was in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion in hos­pi­tal. Footage on so­cial me­dia showed one man be­ing urged to move away by armed of­fi­cers be­fore the sus­pect was shot at point-blank range, as an­other by­stander could be seen car­ry­ing a large knife from the scene.

An­other video ap­peared to show a per­son on a stretcher, sur­rounded by emer­gency ser­vices staff and ve­hi­cles, be­ing given CPR by re­spon­ders fol­low­ing the at­tack.

The mem­bers of the pub­lic who in­ter­vened have been widely praised, with mayor of Lon­don Sadiq Khan hail­ing their “breath­tak­ing hero­ism”.

Wit­nesses said the sus­pect ap­peared to be wear­ing a sui­cide vest but Neil Basu, the head of UK counter-ter­ror­ism polic­ing, said the vest was a fake.

The Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice de­clared it a ma­jor in­ci­dent and one pic­ture on so­cial me­dia ap­peared to show a body cov­ered with a blan­ket.

The In­de­pen­dent Of­fice for Po­lice Con­duct watch­dog said it has launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the po­lice shoot­ing of the Lon­don Bridge at­tacker which is stan­dard for such in­ci­dents.

Mean­while, three peo­ple have been in­jured in a stab­bing in­ci­dent in The Hague’s main shop­ping street, Dutch po­lice said.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened while the street was busy with peo­ple look­ing for Black Fri­day deals.

The Hague po­lice said in a state­ment that they were look­ing for a man, about 45 to 50 years old, in a grey jog­ging suit.

Po­lice spokes­woman Mar­ije Kuiper said it was not clear if the stab­bing was a ter­ror in­ci­dent.

Fur­ther de­tails were not im­me­di­ately avail­able.

Po­lice at the scene of the in­ci­dent on Lon­don Bridge

Po­lice sur­round the sus­pect on Lon­don Bridge (from the twit­ter feed of @HLOBlog

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