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29 Nov 2019 | 08:26 PM UTC

UK: Heightened security presence in London following stabbing incident Nov. 30-Dec. 1 /update 4

Police officials announce a heightened security presence across London following stabbing incident on November 29; remain vigilant

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Event

British Transport Police officers announced on Friday, November 29, that there will be an increased number of officers on patrol throughout London from Saturday, November 30, through Sunday, December 1, following a stabbing incident at London Bridge on Friday. Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said that specialist teams, including firearms teams, will patrol on board trains, as well as at stations and other transport hubs. As of approximately 18:30 (local time) on Friday, London Bridge station has reopened and rail operations have resumed. Representatives of the National Rail have advised passengers to expect delays or cancelations in the coming hours and days. Several other stations remain closed as of early morning on Saturday, including Monument and Whitechapel. It is unclear as of early morning on Saturday whether London Underground trains will stop at London Bridge station. 

A man attacked civilians with a knife at around 13:58 at Fishmonger's Hall injuring five people - two of whom later died of their injuries. The assailant, who was wearing a hoax explosive device, was reportedly subdued by members of the public until security forces arrived at the scene. Armed police officers later shot and killed the attacker. Investigations into the incident, which is being treated as a terrorist attack, are ongoing. Police officials have asked individuals to remain vigilant. 

A heightened security presence is to be expected in London over the near term. Associated disruptions, such as road closures and public transport delays, are anticipated in the affected area over the coming hours.

Advice

Individuals in London are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the area of the incident, anticipate a heightened security presence and transportation disruptions, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.