On Friday, a man with a hoax suicide vest was shot dead and several stabbed, after suffering some serious wounds, as the festive air in London was jolted with scenes that reminded many of the June 2017 terror attack on London Bridge.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was on the campaign trail for the December 12 election, returned to Downing Street as news of the knife attack spread and Scotland Yard declared the incident as terror-related.
Neil Basu, assistant commissioner for specialist operations at Scotland Yard, said: “A male suspect was shot by specialist armed officers from City of London Police and I can confirm that this suspect died at the scene”.
“A number of other people received injuries…As you would expect, due to the nature of the incident, we responded as though it was terrorist-related. I am now in a position to confirm that it has been declared a terrorist incident”.
London mayor Sadiq Khan said: “I’m mayor of the greatest city in the world. One of our strengths is our diversity. But we do know that there are people out there who hate our diversity, what we stand for and seek to divide us”.
“What is amazing about today is that we saw in one individual, the suspect, the worst of humanity but we also saw in the response from members of the public but also our emergency services the very best of humanity. The message I want to send today is that we will not allow anyone to divide us.”
Johnson said: “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”.