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London Bridge: Attacker had been convicted of terror offence

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    London Bridge was the scene of an attack in June 2017 when three militants drove a van into pedestrians and then attacked people in the surrounding area, killing eight people. London Bridge: Attacker had been convicted of terror offence
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The attacker, named by police as 28-year-old Usman Khan, was out of prison on licence at the time of the attack, in which a man and a woman were killed and three others were injured.

The attacker, named by police as 28-year-old Usman Khan, was out of prison on licence at the time of the attack, in which a man and a woman were killed and three others were injured.

Khan was shot dead by officers after members of the public restrained him.

Police declared the attack a terrorist incident.

Khan was known to the authorities, having been convicted for terrorism offences in 2012, according to Met Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu.

A 14-second video clip on Twitter filmed from a high vantage point showed what appeared to be three police officers backing away from a man lying on the pavement.

Two officers are pointing rifles at the man, who can be seen moving slightly. Reuters could not independently verify the footage.

“Police were called at 1:58 p.m. to a stabbing at (a) premises near to London Bridge,” police said in a statement. “A man has been detained by police. We believe a number of people have been injured.”

It is believed that somebody was stabbed and police shot a suspect, the security source said.

Sky News said a man had been shot dead. Reuters was unable to confirm that report.

Videos and photographs on Twitter showed several police cars and buses on the bridge and a truck straddling several lanes.

The ambulance service declared what it called a “major incident” in the area and London Bridge station was closed.

People in buildings around the scene were evacuated by security services to the north side of the River Thames.

“I’m being kept updated on the incident at London Bridge and want to thank the police and all emergency services for their immediate response,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement.

REUTERS