TSR Take A Moment: Two people were fatally stabbed today on the London Bridge in what authorities are calling an act of terror.
Several others were wounded in the incident and at least three people were being treated in a London hospital, NBC News reports. The suspect, who reportedly was wearing a hoax explosive vest, was shot and killed at the scene by police after members of the public intervened in the attack.
“I am deeply saddened and angered that our city of London has again been targeted by terrorism,” said Cressida Dick, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. Dick said authorities were working as quickly as they could to notify victims’ families.
Earlier in the day, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu also confirmed to NBC that specialist officers were called in response to reports that the suspect was wearing an explosive vest.
“However, I can confirm at this time we believe a device that was strapped to the body of the suspect was a hoax device,” Basu said. “Officers continue to carry out meticulous searches in the area to ensure there is no outstanding threat to the public.”
Following the attack, Dick warned that the area will experience an increased police presence for the foreseeable future in response to the incident.
“In the coming days you will see more police armed and unarmed patrolling our streets to help reassure those who are understandably concerned,” Dick said.
Hours after the London attack, several people were stabbed in a shopping district of The Hague, according to Dutch police. It is not immediately clear whether there was any connection to the London incident.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke shortly after the London incident, praising the first responders and the bystanders who intervened.
Johnson called them “the very best of our country” and promised authorities would bring anyone involved in the attacks to justice.
“I pay tribute again to the work of the police and the emergency services and what they have done. But I would urge everybody, of course, to be vigilant. One cannot help but think back to what happened in 2017, in the same part of the city,” he said, referring to another terror attack that happened on the London Bridge in 2017, in which eight people died and 48 were injured. “And I hope very much that people will be able, as fast as possible, to go about their normal business.”
Our prayers are with our Roommates in London at this time. We’ll keep you posted on any updates.