London terror: 6 people killed after terrorists mow down pedestrians & launch knife attack
TERRORISTS driving a van ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge, killing at least six and injuring 48 people, police reported.
At least two dead after white van plows into crowd on London Bridge
Shots fired at scene and victims suffering from knife wounds
Police also responding to second incident in Borough Market – possible stabbing
Three suspects, possibly armed, wanted by police
At least one person taken into custody
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Three attackers then leapt out and started stabbing passers-by at random after the van had crashed, witnesses claimed.
Armed police shot and killed three suspects, within eight minutes of the original incident on the bridge, officers confirmed.
The Met have now confirmed the incidents are being treated as a terror attack.
A witness named Eric claimed he saw a van driving on the wrong side of the road before three men jumped out and started running towards bars and restaurants, shouting “this is for Allah”.
He told BBC Radio 5Live: “The three people literally started kicking them, punching them, and took out knives. It was a rampage really.”
Express.co.uk heard from a witness that a white van had appeared to purposefully hit pedestrians on the bridge at 10.08pm.
Mark Rowley, assistant commissioner for the Metropolitan police, said in statement: “You will understand that our knowledge of the incident is still growing but what we understand at the present time is:
“At 22:08hrs yesterday evening we began to receive reports that a vehicle had struck pedestrians on London Bridge.
“The suspects then left the vehicle and a number of people were stabbed, including an on-duty British Transport Police officer who was responding to the incident at London Bridge. He received serious but not life-threatening injuries. His family has been informed.
“Armed officers responded very quickly and bravely, confronting three male suspects who were shot and killed in Borough Market.
“The suspects had been confronted and shot by the police within eight minutes of the first call. The suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later established to be hoaxes.
“The ongoing operation is led by the Met, working closely with British Transport Police, City of London Police, the London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade.
“At this stage, we believe that six people have died in addition to the three attackers shot dead by police. And at least 20 casualties have been taken to six hospitals across London.
“I’d like to repeat our request for the public to avoid the following areas: London Bridge and Borough Market. This is to allow emergency services to deal with this incident.”
Another serious incident occurred in Borough Market, where police confirmed shots had been fired.
CNN are quoting a witness as saying a waitress was stabbed in the throat while a man was stabbed in the back.
One of the men suspected of being behind the deadly attack was shown in a photograph lying on the ground with canisters strapped to his body after he was shot by the police, the BBC reported.
Police confirmed reported explosions around London Bridge just before 2am were controlled and monitored.
A third incident in Vauxhall, South London, was later confirmed as not terror related.
Theresa May said: “I can confirm that the terrible incident in London is being treated as a potential act of terrorism.”
Police boats were searching the river – apparently looking for people who may have been thrown off the bridge.
Following the attack at London Bridge and in Borough Market, London Ambulance Service said that at least 48 people have been taken to six hospitals across the capital.
The service says it has treated a number of people at the scene for “less serious injuries”.
In a statement they said: “We have declared a major incident and continue to work closely with other members of the emergency services.”
Another Express.co.uk reporter at the scene said: “London Bridge closed at both ends. Sniffer dogs out.
“Ibrahim, a witness, was walking along the bridge and saw a van ‘mount the kerb and start running over pedestrians’.
“He thinks there were two people involved – driver and one who jumped out and started stabbing people.”
And Tony Murphy told Sky News: “About half an hour ago there was tremendous gunfire that started.
“I thought at first it was fireworks. That was the first instance and only afterwards the emergency started but the whole incident started with gunfire it was significant gunfire, it went on for 10 minutes.”
Police have advised people to keep away from the area. The Shard and the News Building are on lockdown.
A police helicopter is at the scene along with numerous ambulances and police vehicles.
Dozens of people were on the bridge at the time of the attack and were being questioned by police.
Many were in tears while at least one appeared to be suffering from shock.
Jeremy Corbyn has tweeted: “Brutal and shocking incidents reported in London. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. Thank you to the emergency services.”
The US state department issues a statement, condemning “the cowardly attacks targeting innocent civilians in London”.
It said the US “stands ready to provide any assistance authorities in the United Kingdom may request”.
Donald Trump tweeted: “Devastated to hear of murders at a part of our capital defined by life & vibrancy. Cannot thank emergency services enough for rapid response.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK