2019-11-29 19:16:05 UTC
Londoners and tourists have described seeing a stampede of people running
for their lives after a knifeman began attacking people on London Bridge.
Met Police has confirmed it was a terror attack but the motives are not
yet clear. A device strapped to the attacker was found to be a hoax.
Several people have been left injured and the knifeman was shot down by
police on Friday afternoon. He died at the scene. Hero bystanders were
caught on video tackling the man to the floor and pinning him down as they
grabbed his large knife.
Petrified people caught in the incident described how they ran like hell
after police shouted at them to evacuate the bridge immediately.
Video footage shows hundreds of people sprinting off the bridge, when
police urged them to run not walk, after hearing gunshots fired. Reem
Yousef told Metro.co.uk she was directly below the bridge when she heard a
fight break out at around 2pm between several people.
She then heard someone shout move back before hearing two gunshots,
after which she ran away.
She said police arrived within a minute and blocked off the area. A police
helicopter could be seen overhead, as tourists and workers frantically
phoned loved ones to tell them that they were safe.
Some business owners in Borough Market were forced to leave their stores
unattended and flee, while others opened their doors to let people come in
Dean Toomey, the manager of hardware store Leyland SDM, encouraged
bystanders to shelter in his shop, placing a hammer by the entrance in
case an attacker entered.
He said: We just saw a stampede of people coming in, we just tried to
lock ourselves in and offer a bit of shelter as and when we can. Its the
right thing to do its the only thing we knew what to do. Lessons
learned from last time.