PM expresses anguish over London attacks

Joanna Estrada
June 4, 2017

Several witnesses said some victims also appeared to have stab wounds.

At least six people were killed and almost a dozen others hospitalized following a horrific hit-and-run on the London Bridge and a vicious stabbing attack that the London police declared "terrorist incidents" last night as authorities were bracing for further bloodshed.

Police said the first reports of a "vehicle in collision with pedestrians on London Bridge" came at 10:08pm (2108 GMT) and were quickly followed by "reports of stabbings in Borough Market", at the south end of the bridge.

Multiple witnesses reported a vehicle veering off the road and hitting as many as six pedestrians. In March, four people were killed in London after Khalid Masood rammed his auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, before fatally stabbing a policeman outside the Houses of Parliament.

"People running - I've never ran so fast in my life", Joe Dillon, an American grad student at Kings College, told MSNBC.

"Sadly, six people have died in addition to the three attackers shot by police", Mark Rowley, Britain's top anti-terrorism officer, said.

The attack had harrowing echoes of an attack on London's 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.

President Donald Trump argued in favour of his controversial travel ban as London authorities responded to reports of a string of attacks Saturday night. "He hit about two people in front of me and then three behind", Ms Jones told the BBC News Channel.

Gerard added: 'I cried for one hour.

The attackers then went on a stabbing rampage near the Borough Market area and one man was reportedly stabbed five times in the chest.

Earlier in May, PM Modi had dialled his British counterpart Theresa May to offer his condolences after the Manchester attack that killed 22 people.

At least seven people have been killed and 48 injured in a terror attack in central London, with police shooting three suspected assailants dead.

One of the terrorists was feared to have slipped away, which sparked a major police operation to protect people in the area before it was confirmed the suspect had been killed. It was the third terrorist attack to strike the United Kingdom this year, after a man drove a auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in March.

"Following updates from police and security officials, I can confirm that the awful incident in London is being treated as a potential act of terrorism", May said in a statement as events unfolded. Police officers yelled at people to run from the area.

'I was shouting "run run run" and throwing bottles at them, pint glasses.

Police also said they were responding to another incident in the Vauxhall area, over a mile away. "They were scared. The police were scared", he said. They asked Londoners to "remain calm but be alert and vigilant". I want to express my huge gratitude to the police and emergency services who are on the scene. Several days later it was lowered to "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely.

She tweeted: "Praying for London".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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