LONDON — U.K. police said Friday they are treating as terrorism an incident at London Bridge in which a suspect was shot and several people were stabbed.
The Metropolitan Police said a suspect was shot by police officers and a number of people were injured following reports of a stabbing just before 2 p.m. local time on Friday. A suspected explosive device strapped to the suspect’s body was later found to be a hoax, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said.
Speaking to the press in Downing Street Friday, Johnson said he had stopped campaigning ahead of the U.K.’s December election for the evening and would reconsider the decision over the next few hours.
The prime minister praised the police for putting themselves in danger and the members of the public who “physically intervened to protect the lives of others.”
“I can assure you that anybody involved in this crime, in these attacks, will be hunted down and brought to justice,” he said. “We are all very saddened also to learn that some people have been injured in this event and our sympathies are with them and with their loved ones.”
The U.K. “will never be cowed, or divided or intimidated by this sort of attack,” Johnson said, adding that the “British values will prevail.”
“To the best of our knowledge, the incident has been contained,” he said.
Earlier, Johnson tweeted he was following the incident and wanted to thank all emergency services for their response. Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted that she was “very concerned.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also thanked the emergency services. “Shocking reports from London Bridge. My thoughts are with those caught up in the incident,” he tweeted.
“My heart goes out to them, their families and all affected. Thank you to our brave emergency services who responded to today’s horrific attack,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan told reporters. He praised the “breath-taking heroism” of members of the public who risked their own safety.
London Bridge was the scene of a terrorist attack in June 2017, which left eight people dead and 48 injured. That incident occurred shortly before the last U.K. general election and campaigning was suspended briefly.