London Bridge attack – Horrified witnesses tell of panicked stampede as crowds fled terror attack –

HORRIFIED witnesses have told of the panicked stampede as terrified crowds fled the terror attack in London Bridge today  Footage from the scene showed hero members of the public grappling with the terrorist before being pulled away by armed officers, one of whom shot the knifeman at point-blank range  The suspect was shot dead by officers and wore a hoax explosive vest.  A hero passerby wrestled the knife from the man and ushered the crowds away from the scene as armed police surrounded the man  Pictures from the scene showed a second large knife lying next to the suspect’s body on London Bridge itself  Two people were killed and at least 10 more injured in the shocking attack.  The attacker is believed to have been wearing a fake bomb vest – but witnesses have said after he was shot he appeared to reach for the vest  It has been announced that Islamic terrorism was now “a key line of inquiry”.  Neil Basu, the head of UK counter-terrorism policing, confirmed a number of people had been injured in the stabbing attack this afternoon  Assistant Commissioner Basu said: “We believe a device was strapped to the body of the suspect was a hoax device ”  He said that while authorities were keeping an “open mind”, it had been declared as a terrorist incident  After gunshots were heard on the bridge around 2pm today, hundreds of terrified Londoners were filmed fleeing the scene  Members of the public and staff were also seen being ushered away from nearby Borough Market  Others were told to stay inside restaurants and stores.  Another witness, Jackie Bensfield, who works as a nurse, said: “I just ran as fast as I could Hearing gunshots and running from them is not really a good feeling.”  Journalist Lucy Jones was in Farmer J’s restaurant in London Bridge when armed cops stormed in  She said: “We were eating lunch when a policeman screamed ‘get on the floor’.  “They locked all the doors and we had to rush to the back of the restaurant near the toilets  “There were women crying. It was terrifying.”  Bus driver Mustafa Salih, 62, was travelling from Borough High Street towards London Bridge where he saw emergency vehicles and the police cordon  He told BBC London: “A police officer came up to me and said ‘turn off your engine, get off and run’  “I looked up and I could see a crowd of people coming towards me.  “One woman was crying I ran back down to Borough High Street. It was all very scary as we did not know what was happening ” ‘HUGE PANIC’  Another witness, 36, was inside Borough Market when police stormed the area  He said: “All of a sudden there were squads of armed cops all running in four by four by four  “They were all separating and sweeping off in different directions. They were screaming at people to get out  “There was a huge panic and everyone just started running.”  It is believed that 12 people have been injured  Ordinary Londoners showed “breathtaking heroism” in disarming the terrorist, mayor Sadiq Khan said  Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said “anybody involved in this crime and these attacks will be hunted down and will be brought to justice” as he paid tribute to the “bravery” of the emergency services and members of the public  The London Ambulance Service declared it a major incident and one picture on social media appeared to show a body covered with a blanket  A lorry has been left jacknifed across London Bridge.  The bridge and the market were the scene of a terror attack in 2017 in which eight victims were killed along with the three terrorists  Witness Guy Lawrence, 48, said he saw a man running out of a building, believed to be Fishmongers’ Hall, armed with two kitchen knives with 20cm blades  He claimed one member of the public was seen running after the suspect, one armed with a 6ft stick and another with a fire extinguisher  He told The Times: “I saw all traffic stopped in front of me. I heard shooting — there was an attack And I saw a guy on the floor. I heard two shots: bang, bang.  “Police were running towards us and they told us to get out and run ”  Another witness said she saw “two or three people stabbed” at Fishmongers’ Hall, saying: “One minor and the other two were proper bleeding  “One of our colleagues is in the hospital with three stabs.”  Witnesses recounted how they heard “five or six” gunshots ring out as cops swooped  Amanda Hunter said she was on a bus when it came to a stop, saying: “There was a commotion and I looked over the window and I saw three police officers running over to a man who had something in his hand, I don’t know what  “I saw a police officer shoot him.  “I saw a man and three police officers trying to put him on the ground and then I heard about three shots go into the man and then police officers went away from the suspect ”  Today’s incident comes weeks after the UK’s terrorism threat level was downgraded  The threat level was lowered on November 4 to “substantial” from “severe”, meaning attacks were thought to be “likely” rather than “highly likely”

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