British police interview two people after stampede on busy London street

British police interview two people after stampede on busy London street

The British Transport Police released two men who turned themselves in for questioning over the fake terror incident at Oxford Circus.

Authorities believe the two men had some type of confrontation on the Oxford Circus subway platform Friday afternoon, sparking panicky, false reports that guns had been fired.

The altercation set off mass panic, with passengers fleeing from Oxford Circus station, and passers-by on street level frantically reporting sounds of gunfire.

'Since the appeal two men, aged 21 and 40, attended a police station voluntarily and were interviewed.

Eight people were hospitalized with minor injuries, the London Ambulance Service said.

The panic erupted on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, in a jittery city that has been hit by four violent attacks this year.

In the first statement, police said they were called at 4:38 pm "to a number of reports of shots fired on Oxford Street and underground at Oxford Circus tube station..."

British police interview two people after stampede on busy London street

British Transport Police had released photos of the two men on Friday night and appealed for information about the incident.

Some people were injured in the stampede away from the subway station.

Police initially said they were responding to reports of gunfire "as if the incident is terrorist related" and urged any shoppers to shelter in shops for safety.

Within minutes, Oxford Street and Bond Street underground stations were both closed and Scotland Yard was issuing alerts on Twitter, warning people in the area to get inside the nearest building and stay there.

Crowds ran from the scene, reflecting the nervousness in a country that has sustained five terror attacks since March.

Britons in general, and Londoners in particular, have been jumpy after a string of extremist attacks this year, including deadly attacks using vehicles to hit pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and outside a London mosque.

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