A man was shot dead by a policeman after a stabbing incident at London Bridge on Friday, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed.
According to the police authority, its officers were called to the bridge to attend to a “terror-related” occurrence just before 2pm, leading to the lockdown of the bridge.
John McManus, a BBC reporter who witnessed the incident, said he saw a fight on the bridge, with several men attacking one man. He added that police arrived quickly at the scene and fired a number of shots at the man.
“Just a few minutes ago I was walking across London Bridge on the south bank to the north bank of the bridge.
“There appeared to be a fight going on on the other side of the bridge, with several men attacking one man.
“Police then quickly arrived, including armed police, and then a number of shots were fired at this man,” McManus told the BBC News channel.
Amanda Hunter, who was on a bus on London Bridge at the time, said: “All of a sudden [it] stopped and there was some commotion and I looked out the window and I just saw these three police officers going over to a man…
“It seemed like there was something in his hand, I’m not 100% sure. But then one of the police officers shot him.”
The Metropolitan Police said the circumstances surrounding the incident remained unclear but it was treating it as terror-related as a “precaution”.
A number of people are believed to have been injured, the force stated.
Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, wrote in a post on Twitter that he was being updated on the incident and wanted to thank police and all emergency services for their response.
Priti Patel, the British Home Secretary, also tweeted that she was “very concerned” about the incident.
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