SEVEN people have died and many more injured in terror attacks using a van and knives on Saturday night.Three attackers, wearing hoax explosive vests, were shot and killed by police.
At least 48 people have been taken to five hospitals following the incidents at London Bridge and Borough Market in London.A van is reported to have ploughed into pedestrians on the bridge and people were reportedly stabbed at the popular food market in south London.
An on-duty British Transport Police officer received “serious injuries” including head, face and leg wounds, as he responded to calls for help from the public, Scotland Yard said.Emergency services were seen treating people lying injured at the junction of Thrale Street and Southwark Street, near Borough Market.British Transport Police said there were reports of “multiple” casualties but that the seriousness of the injuries was not yet known.An image shared by a photographer on social media showed a man on the ground with what appeared to be grey canisters around his waist by the Wheatsheaf pub in Borough.Prime Minister Theresa May said she was being updated by officials on the “fast-moving” situation, adding: “I can confirm that the terrible incident in London is being treated as a potential act of terrorism.” She will chair a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergency committee on Sunday, No 10 said.A stabbing at nearby Vauxhall was unrelated, the Met added.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted: “Brutal and shocking incidents reported in London. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. Thank you to the emergency services.”Police were called to London Bridge at 22.08pm. British Transport Police said there were reports of “multiple” casualties following the major incident on London Bridge.
Witnesses described seeing a speeding vehicle veer into crowds on the bridge, while video showed dozens of people with their hands on their heads escorted away from the scene by officers.
At Borough market, which in the evenings is busy with bars, witnesses said they saw a man with a large blade.White House press secretary Sean Spicer said US president Donald Trump had been briefed on the incident by his national security team.The Metropolitan Police advised people caught up in the incidents to “RUN – to a place of safety. This is a better option than to surrender or negotiate. If there’s nowhere to go then…“HIDE – turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can.“TELL – the police by calling 999 when it is safe to do so.”
Holly Jones, a BBC reporter at the bridge when the incident happened, said a van had swerved off the road into a crowd of pedestrians.“A white van driver came speeding – probably about 50mph – veered of the road into the crowds of people who were walking along the pavement,” she told BBC News.“He swerved right round me and then hit about five or six people. He hit about two people in front of me and then three behind. I’d say there are about four severely injured people. They all have paramedics assisting them at the moment.”Ms Jones said police were on the scene within two minutes, quickly followed by ambulances. Police boats were searching the river – apparently looking for people who may have been thrown off the bridge.
A taxi driver called Chris told LBC said he saw men armed with foot-long knives after a van drove on to the pavement.He told the station: “I didn’t see the van mount the kerb but I saw everything else.“A van came from London Bridge itself, went between the traffic light system and rammed it towards the steps. It knocked loads of people down.“Then three men got out with long blades, 12 inches long and went randomly along Borough High Street stabbing people at random. I saw a young girl stabbed in the chest.”One witness reported having seen a van crashed into a lamppost after the bridge by the Barrowboy and Banker pub.She added: “Just trying to get away at the moment. There are no trains leaving so we’re just panicking a little.”Will Orton, 25, told the Press Association: “We were in the Sheaf pub. Basically lots of people came running inside, we didn’t really know what was going on.“We thought maybe there was a fight or something outside. And then there were almost hundreds of people coming inside.”
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