16 hurt fleeing false terror alert in London’s Oxford Street

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LONDON: Police rushed to London’s busy Oxford Street shopping district on Friday (Saturday in Manila) after reports that shots had been fired, sparking fears of a terror incident and leaving 16 people hurt in the panic. Armed officers locked down the area for more than an hour before the Metropolitan Police said it had not found “any trace of any suspects, evidence of shots fired or casualties.” British Transport Police said they believed the security scare started with “an altercation between two men” on the platform of Oxford Circus Underground station. They released CCTV images of the two men and appealed to the public for any information about the incident or what might have caused people to start fleeing the station. The area was packed with shoppers seeking “Black Friday” bargains. Oxford Circus, the junction of London’s Oxford Street and Regent Street, is one of the busiest areas in London. British security forces are on high alert after a string of attacks this year, which have left scores of people dead.

AFP

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