- Police believe six people are dead in addition to three attackers, following terrorist incidents at London Bridge and Borough Market in London.
- Witnesses said they saw a white van mow down pedestrians on London Bridge.
- Attackers then emerged and began stabbing people at Borough Market.
- Armed police responded with gunfire.
- 48 people have been taken to five hospitals across the city.
- No group so far has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
London police said six victims and three suspects are dead following terrorist attacks Saturday evening, when attackers in a vehicle mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge and then stabbed passersby at the nearby Borough Market.
At least 48 people were taken to five hospitals across London, according to the London Ambulance Service.
Police believe they killed all of the attackers involved in the incidents, according to Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley. But he added that the scene is “complex” and authorities are still determining how events unfolded.
According to investigators, police first received reports of a vehicle striking pedestrians on London Bridge around 10:08 p.m. local time (5:08 p.m. ET), and the vehicle then drove to the nearby Borough Market just south of the bridge.
At that point, the three attackers — all of them male — left the vehicle and began stabbing people with what witnesses said were large knives. Armed officers then shot and killed the suspects in Borough Market.
“He was stabbing a man, maybe three times, fairly calmly.”
“I saw a man in red with quite a large blade. I am guessing 10 inches. He was stabbing a man, maybe three times, fairly calmly. It looked like the man maybe had been trying to intervene but there wasn’t much he could do. He was stabbed quite coldly and slumped to the ground,” an eyewitness named Ben told the BBC.
The suspects were wearing what appeared to be explosive vests, but those were later determined to be fake, Rowley said.
Rowley told media that the police department’s counter-terrorism command is conducting a full investigation, and that the public should continue to avoid the London Bridge and Borough Market areas.
One on-duty police officer received serious, but not life-threatening injuries during the attacks, Rowley said.
So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Other events in a chaotic night include:
- Four French citizens were injured.
- Andrew Marr and Andrew Neil cancelled their Sunday morning politics TV shows on the BBC to allow rolling coverage of the attack
- The major political parties said they would suspend campaigning in the general election, just four days before the vote.
- London Mayor Sadiq Khan says the election should not be postponed.
- Geoff Ho, a business editor at the Sunday Express, is in intensive care after being stabbed.
- The van used in the attack appears to be a white rented Hertz vehicle
- Saturday night’s terrorist incidents in London prompted the first use of a new police warning to the public, to “run, hide, tell” in the event of an attack.
- Witnesses told the BBC they heard the attackers shouting, “This is for Allah.”
- An incident in Vauxhall shortly afterward turned out to be unconnected.
British Prime Minister Theresa May labelled the incidents “terrible,” and will chair a meeting of the government’s emergency response committee on Sunday, the Associated Press reported.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan released a statement calling the incidents “a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners.”
“I condemn it in the strongest possible terms. There is no justification whatsoever for such barbaric acts,” Khan said.
US President Donald Trump was also briefed on the incident, and posted tweets offering the UK support from the US, and touting his travel ban that has been blocked by federal courts. “We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety,” Trump wrote.
Trump later spoke with May over the phone, offering condolences and US support. He also praised the “heroic response of police and other first responders,” according to a White House readout of the call.
One witness had seen people who may have had their throats cut
Media outlets reported scenes of chaos and violence during the attacks. Reuters reported that one witness had seen people who may have had their throats cut.
One taxi driver told the BBC he had witnessed three men emerge from the vehicle that “knocked loads of people down” on London Bridge.
“A van came from London Bridge itself, went between the traffic light system and rammed it towards the steps,” the driver said. “Then three men got out with long blades, 12 inches long, and went randomly along Borough High Street stabbing people at random.”
Media outlets later published a photograph that purportedly showed one of the attackers lying on the ground with what appeared to be canisters strapped to his body. The photographer, Gabriele Sciotto, told the BBC he didn’t think the canisters looked real.
Several hours after the incidents occurred, several explosions controlled and monitored by police were heard near London Bridge, according to an editor at The Sun.
Officers had also responded to a stabbing incident in the Vauxhall area Saturday evening, but later said it was unconnected to the London Bridge and Borough Market incidents.
Borough Market is a popular gourmet food market in the South London neighbourhood at one end of London Bridge. It is near the Shard, one of London’s tallest skyscrapers and one if its most popular tourist destinations.
The London incidents come less than two weeks after a terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester killed 22 people. A similar attack also occurred in March on London’s Westminster Bridge, where a man killed five people after driving into pedestrians. He also stabbed a police officer.
People ran into a bar and told patrons to run away because “people are stabbing each other.”
Lara Al-Ostta witnessed the aftermath of the London Bridge incident. Al-Ostta told The Guardian she was having drinks with a friend at the Old Thameside Inn, which is located south of London Bridge, when people ran into the bar and told patrons to run away because “people are stabbing each other.”
Stephen Tull was under the bridge when the attack happened. He said he heard a bang and ran up to the bridge to help. He said he saw one man jump out of a van and begin attacking people.
When Al-Ostta and her friend ran up to London Bridge, she said she and her friend were told by officers to run away. Al-Ostta provided video footage to The Guardian which showed at least three injured people being treated for their injuries on the bridge.
“I saw people moving, but we thought, fuck, this is a serious thing,” Al-Ostta said.
Londoners also reportedly sprang to the aid of those affected by the incidents, offering up food, shelter, or assistance.
The Royal Oak pub in Southwark offered shelter to people who had been evacuated from hotels inside the area police had blocked off, the Associated Press reported. One cab company also reportedly tweeted an offer to provide free rides to anyone stranded.
Here are some tweets from the scene:
In the aftermath of the attacks, police reportedly evacuated people from bars and restaurants in the vicinity of London Bridge and Borough Market. Here’s a video of police entering a pub and ordering people to get down:
This is what the scene at Brindisa, the best-known restaurant at Borough Market, looks like on a normal day:
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Another cab driver: man crashed into people then there was stabbing attack. London Bridge.
— Will Heaven (@WillHeaven) June 3, 2017
It seemed south side of London Bridge epicentre of what seems a terrorist attack. We have been escorted by police from bridge.
— Will Heaven (@WillHeaven) June 3, 2017
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