London’s Oxford Circus station evacuated; armed police on scene | World

Emergency services at the scene of the incident. -BBC

LONDON: London’s Oxford Circus underground station in the heart of the British capital´s main shopping district was being evacuated on Friday evening and armed police were on the scene, a Reuters witness said.

Police are responding to the incident as if it is terrorism-related, added the police on Twitter. 

People have been asked to avoid Regent and Oxford street by the law-enforcers. 

British Transport Police said its officers were at the station, responding to an incident.

“The station is currently closed, please avoid the area at this time,” BTP said on Twitter.

The Reuters witness said the area around the station had been cleared of people and traffic.

Fire engines were heading towards the scene, the witness added.

The capital’s transport operator, Transport for London, said trains were not stopping at the station due to the unspecified incident.

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