Two people were killed in a stabbing incident on London Bridge in Central London, in what has been described by police as a terror incident. Three other people are in hospital. The man suspected of carrying out the attack was shot by police.
The Met has identified the London Bridge attacker as Usman Khan, a 28-year-old man released from prison on a licence (parole) in December 2018 after spending eight years in jail for terrorism offences.
He pleaded guilty in 2012 to offences including planning and raising funds for terror related activities and planned to establish, and train at, a terrorist military training facility in Kashmir. The judge termed his plans a “serious, long term venture in terrorism” and warned he may pose an ongoing risk to the public.
Just hours after the attack in London, Dutch police also reported that multiple people were injured in a stabbing on a shopping street in The Hague, and are still looking for the suspect. Per the Associated Press, three people were injured, and a police spokeswoman said it is still unclear if those injuries are life-threatening.
At a press conference Friday night, police said the attack began at Fishmongers Hall in the City of London. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said, “My understanding is that police were called at 13:58hrs and City of London police officers had bravely and professionally confronted the suspect by 14:03hrs, just five minutes later.
Police confirmed that a suspect had been shot and died at the scene, and two members of the public were killed. In a press conference Friday night, police also said three other victims are in the hospital. Assistant commissioner Neil Basu said the suspect was wearing a hoax suicide vest.
London Bridge was the site of a terror attack in 2017. The bridge remained on lockdown on Friday evening, but police indicated that the man who was shot was the only suspect in the incident.
Several videos circulating on Twitter appeared to show a group of people wrestling a man to the ground, before he was shot by police.