Please see the following statement from the Head of Counter Terrorism Policing, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu.
“ I can confirm that at approximately 2pm today, Friday, 29 November, police were called to a stabbing at premises near to London Bridge, EC1.
Emergency services attended, including officers from the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police.
A male suspect was shot by specialist armed officers from City of London Police and I can confirm that he died at the scene.
A number of other people received injuries during the incident and as soon as we can provide further updates on their condition, we will.
As you would expect, due to the nature of the incident, we responded as though it was terrorist-related and I am now in a position to confirm that it has been declared a terrorist incident. We are working jointly with the City of London Police as we continue to respond.
Officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command are now leading the investigation. I must stress, however, that we retain an open mind as to any motive and it would not be appropriate to speculate further at this time.
Due to reports the suspect may have had an explosive device, specialist officers also attended the scene and wide cordons are in place to ensure there remains no further danger to the public.
However, I can confirm that at this time, we believe a device strapped to the suspect’s body is a hoax explosive device. Officers continue to carry out meticulous searches in the area to ensure there is no outstanding threat to the public.
Extensive cordons are likely to remain in place for some time and I would ask the public to continue to avoid the area.
Public safety is our top priority and we are enhancing police patrols in the City and across London.
I would ask anyone with information, images or footage of the incident that this be shared with our investigation team on the UK Police Image appeal website. I would also ask the public to continue to remain vigilant and report any concerns they have to police.”
We would encourage all businesses to make themselves familiar with the protective security advice as detailed below.
Please review our Crowded Places Guidance. This gives sector specific advice that will help you mitigate the threat from terrorism and make the UK less vulnerable to an attack.