2 members of the public have died and 3 more are injured after a terrorist wearing a hoax suicide vest launched an attack on London Bridge.
The suspect – Usman Khan, 28, a Pakistani from Staffordshire – was shot dead by law enforcement after he stabbed “a number” of people in central London.
Usman Khan was known to authorities, having been sent to prison in 2012 for terrorism offences. He was released from prison 11 months back on licence.
Where was the attacker shot down?
The suspect was pinned down and later shot on the north side of London Bridge, next to the Fishmongers’ Hall.
Usman Khan was part of the Christmas bomb attack in 2012. It was a attacked planned on the London Stock Exchange, the American embassy and the home of the then Mayor of London (Boris Johnson).
The judge who sentenced him had labelled him a “serious jihadist” who should not be released while he remained a threat to the public.
This is what Sadiq Khan said:
Sadiq Khan thanked “London Bridge Heroes” members of the public who risked “their own safety this afternoon”.
What has PM Boris Johnson tweeted:
I want to thank the emergency services and members of the public for their immense bravery in responding to this suspected terrorist attack at London Bridge. This is an appalling incident and all my thoughts are with the victims and their families.
Some witnesses reported a “fight” breaking out on the London bridge, as a hurried stream of people ran from the scene amid shouts from police officers to “keep moving”.
The entire London bridge was soon off limits, and nearby offices were put on lock-down.
Mobile phone footage from a witness showed armed police pointing guns at a person who appeared to be lying still on the pavement.
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Sources: The Guardian, Huffington Post, The Daily Express, Twitter, Youtube
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