Sadiq Khan has commended the emergency services and members of the public for confronting the “worst of humanity” in a London terror attack this afternoon.
A knifeman wearing a hoax explosive device was shot dead by specialist armed police on London Bridge at around 2pm.
Two members of the public were reportedly killed in the attack, and more injured.
But the London Mayor called on the city to “stand resolute” in the face of terrorism.
In a statement outside New Scotland Yard, Mr Khan said: “I want to thank 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 us safe.
“I would just like to thank members of the public who risked their own safety this afternoon. They are the best of us.
“Terrorism is cowardly and evil. We must and will stand united and resolute in the face of terror. Those who seek to attack us and divide us will never succeed."
The UK's terror threat level was reduced from severe to substantial at the beginning of this month.
Mr Khan said the level is "constantly reviewed" and again praised the "huge bravery" of those on the scene.
“What’s remarkable about the images that we’ve seen is the breath-taking heroism of members of the public who literally ran towards danger, not knowing what confronted them.
“Thank you to them, on behalf of all Londoners.
“I’m Mayor of the greatest city in the world and one of our strengths is our diversity. But we do know there are people out there who hate our diversity, who hate what we stand for and are trying to seek to divide us.
“We saw in the one individual, the suspect, the worst of humanity. But we also saw in the response from members of the public but also our emergency services, the very best of humanity.”
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