Stabbing attack at London Bridge; suspect reportedly shot by police

CNN has live updates on a stabbing incident in London, which is also reported in the New York Times. The latter report says this:

The police opened fire on London Bridge on Friday, according to witnesses, and the Metropolitan Police said they had been responding to a stabbing near the busy thoroughfare.

A man was detained by the police and a number of people were injured, the police said in a statement. The events brought the busy central London area around the bridge to a standstill and set off panic.

Footage posted on social media showed a crowd surrounding a man whom they appeared to be holding to the ground. One man can be seen carrying a large knife away from the area as at least three police officers respond with their guns drawn. A shot is then heard being fired, as witnesses scream.

Apparently what happened is that a crowd surrounded the stabber and wrestled the knife from him. Other reports say that the police ordered the crowd away from the perpetrator and then shot him. No other details are available at this time, but you’ll recall that on June 3, 2017, a van went across London Bridge hitting pedestrians, and then its three occupants bailed from the vehicle and ran to nearby Borough Market, where they stabbed people. All three, Islamists declaring fealty to ISIS, were killed. Eight victims died and 48 were injured. This may be a copycat attack, and perhaps an act of terrorism, but stay tuned.

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11 Comments

  1. JezGrove
    Posted November 29, 2019 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Yes, it sounds grim. The police are treating it as a terrorist incident as a precaution, although the investigation is obviously at an early stage and many facts have yet to emerge. Kings College London’s nearby campus is in lockdown, again as a precautionary measure.

  2. Rawandi
    Posted November 29, 2019 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    “And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may terrify the enemy of Allah and your enemy” (Koran 8,60)

  3. Randall L Schenck
    Posted November 29, 2019 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    The one video they showed on CNN, you can see people seemed to have this guy on the ground and are all around him. As the police come in they get the people away. One police had a big knife and he walks away with the knife. Other police still are around the guy on the ground but you cannot see him. At least two of the police have what looks like assault weapons and they are standing very close with the guns pointed at the guy. You cannot tell what the guy is doing but suddenly there is a shot. Apparently the guy may have pulled another knife, don’t know.

    • Randall L Schenck
      Posted November 29, 2019 at 10:28 am | Permalink

      First official report from police says the event is considered terrorist. He was shot and killed there as shown. He had a device on him that the police believe was a Hoax device. That, I can only guess is why he was shot.

      • Steve Pollard
        Posted November 29, 2019 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

        The police believed his suicide vest was genuine, and he was about to detonate it. That was why they shot him.

        The BBC is confirming two deaths, plus the perpetrator.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted November 29, 2019 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

          The police believed his suicide vest was genuine, and he was about to detonate it. That was why they shot him.

          If shooting him was going to be an effective prevention of detonation, then the designers of suicide vests really need to figure out a better design. All that reading of scriptures doesn’t seem to be a substitute for a basic knowledge of electronics. (I’ll have to remember that for the next time a god-squaddie tells me that all knowledge is in the BuyBull.

          • Randall Schenck
            Posted November 29, 2019 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

            But the fake suicide vest is exactly that. Make sure he is killed and goes to the great beyond.

            Certainly the police have to assume it is real and they are trained to neutralize the person. There is no free will on this.

  4. JezGrove
    Posted November 29, 2019 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    It has just been confirmed that two members of the public have died as a result of injuries they sustained in the attack.

  5. Michael Waterhouse
    Posted November 29, 2019 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    From the footage, it looks like there was some concern about getting clear, as though there was a bomb.

    • JezGrove
      Posted November 29, 2019 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

      Yes, the guy was apparently wearing a fake suicide vest.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted December 3, 2019 at 12:50 am | Permalink

        Fake? That wasn’t fake, it worked! Albeit by indirect means.

        (Was that a joke in extremely bad taste at the expense of the dead cretin? Oh, I do hope so).

        cr


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