At least 20 casualties in London 'terrorist' attack

Elias Hubbard
June 4, 2017

"The force initially said they were also responding to a reported third incident, in the Vauxhall area of London".

Six people have died and many more injured in terror attacks using a van and knives on Saturday night.

As authorities searched for suspects, the police announced on Twitter that officers were also responding to reports of stabbings in Borough Market - not far from the bridge.

Just after 10pm on Saturday (Sunday AEST), screams, sirens and shots marked the end of a night out in the city for thousands of people who rushed in fear from London Bridge and nearby Borough Market on the south bank of the Thames.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she was being updated by officials on the "fast-moving" situation, adding: "I can confirm that the awful incident in London is being treated as a potential act of terrorism".

According to Met Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, they got reports that a van struck people on the London Bridge at 5.08 p.m., on Saturday evening, reports CNN.

"I condemn it in the strongest possible terms. There is no justification whatsoever for such barbaric acts", he said.

Those in the city have been advised by police on Twitter to "run, hide, tell" if they are caught up in an attack.

It also sparked harrowing memories of an attack on Westminster Bridge when 52-year-old British Muslim convert Khalid Masood rammed his vehicle into pedestrians before crashing into the barriers surrounding parliament and then stabbing a police officer to death.

There are reports police opened fire on the assailants and at least one of the suspected terrorists was shot and killed in the operation.

Witnesses have described hearing "tremendous gunfire" immediately after the attack on the London Bridge.

Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a Cobra (Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms) meeting.

"We finished drinking at a bar and we came out onto the road and I looked to my left and there was a guy, we thought he was just drunk, he was lying on the floor", another man told Sky.

Britain's Press Association news agency says members of the public were told to run away as fast as they could from the area, which is filled with restaurants and pubs.

Three men then jumped out and began stabbing people in the Borough Market.

This included one woman who tweeted that she lived five minutes from London Bridge and "if anyone needs emergency supplies, tea or a quiet place to wait things out, message me".

The New York Police Department's Counterterrorism Bureau said on Twitter that its critical response teams had been deployed to heavily traveled pedestrian areas.

The attacks come days ahead of a June 8 election and less than two weeks after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a pop concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.

London Bridge Tube station was closed and London Bridge was closed in both directions.

In a follow up tweet minutes later, he wrote: "Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U".

He has urged people to remain calm and vigilant as they go about their daily business and police are doing everything they can to make sure the situation is under control even though the threat remain severe.

"It was about 10.15pm I was in the back of an Uber cab driving over London Bridge.there was somebody down on the pavement with a small crowd around them clearly very concerned".

For the third time in less than three months, terrorists have taken aim at Britain's heart.

Witnesses speaking to the BBC said the van collided with a guardrail, and three occupants got out.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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