British Police have shot a man and a number of people have been stabbed near London Bridge in an incident Scotland Yard is treating “as though it is terror-related.”
Metropolitan Police earlier said that a man had been detained. It was not immediately clear whether this was the same person who had been shot.
The force said it was keeping an open mind about the circumstances of the incident, but said they were responding as though it was terror-related as a precaution.
A spokesperson said: “At this stage, the circumstances relating to the incident at London Bridge remain unclear.
“However, as a precaution, we are currently responding to this incident as though it is terror-related. One man has been shot by police. We will provide further information when possible.”
They later added that “a number of people have been stabbed.”
The bridge has been evacuated and shut both ways, while Borough Market on the south of the river has been cleared and a cordon set up.
Both the Met Police and London Ambulance Service are believed to have declared a major incident, with a number of crews on the scene.
London Bridge station has also been evacuated.
Scores of people were seen running down St Thomas’ Street as the incident unfolded.
A video from the scene shows what appears to be police pulling equipment out of a vehicle nearby.
Those in the video can be heard saying: “They’ve actually got guns out. They’ve got the guns out.”
BBC correspondent John McManus told BBC News that he had heard several gunshots on London Bridge.
“There appeared to be a fight going on on the other side of the bridge, with several men attacking one man,” he said.
“Police then quickly arrived, including armed police, and then a number of shots were fired at this man.”
The bridge has been cleared by police, “but there are more shots going on,” McManus added.
Staff working for News UK, whose offices are by London Bridge station, reported being held in their building as police dealt with the incident.
In a tweet, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was being kept updated on the incident.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “Shocking reports from London Bridge. My thoughts are with those caught up in the incident. Thank you to the police and emergency services who are responding.”
Meanwhile, London mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Thank you to our brave emergency services who responded to today’s horrific attack. Every day they put their lives on the line for us – running towards danger in order to keep London safe.”