A terrorist attack has led to the death of two people in London, with scores of others sustaining varying degrees of injuries.
The knife attacker wearing a fake suicide vest was shot dead by police on London Bridge, the Met has confirmed.
Head of counter-terrorism Neil Basu declared the incident a terrorist attack and said the suspect had been strapped with a device which they now know was a hoax bomb.
A Whitehall source has since said two people were killed by the attacker, the BBC reports.
Police were called to the bridge in London at around 2pm to reports of a stabbing in which at least 12 people were thought to have been injured.
Mr Basu said he would give updates to the families of those injured ‘as soon as we can get that information’.
He added: ‘A number of other people received injuries during this incident. As soon as we can provide further updates on their condition, we will.
‘Our heartfelt sympathies go out to everybody who has been involved in this and is anxiously waiting for information on their loved ones.
‘As soon as we can get that information, we will get it to you.’
Footage on social media appeared to show the moment armed officers surrounded a person on the ground before firing a weapon.
Members of the public have been praised for helping police to detain the suspect, including a man who appears to remove a large knife from the scene.
London mayor Sadiq Khan thanked ordinary Londoners who demonstrated ‘breath-taking heroism’ in disarming the knife-wielding attacker.
He said: ‘What’s remarkable about the images we’ve seen is the breath-taking heroism of members of the public who literally ran towards danger not knowing what confronted them.
BBC correspondent John McManus told BBC News that he had heard several gun shots on London Bridge.
“Just a few minutes ago I was walking across London Bridge on the south bank to the north bank of the bridge,” he said.
“There appeared to be a fight going on on the other side of the bridge, with several men attacking one man.”
“Police have now cleared the bridge, everybody has been told to move back and now on the northern side of the bridge, but there are more shots going on.
“I can’t see what’s happening now because we’ve been moved out of the way but there are shots going on, and you probably hear the police sounds as well.
“Everybody has cleared the area, the entire bridge has been moved, and right on the northern part of the bridge, right up until quite near the Bank of England, is being cleared.”
‘Members of the public didn’t realise at the time that was a hoax device, and they really are the best of us.’