Prime Minister: Attack being treated as potential act of terrorism

Elias Hubbard
June 4, 2017

"The suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests", Rowley said.

Witnesses said they saw a white van struck pedestrians on London Bridge.

Early reports had said more than a dozen people were injured. "The suspects then left the vehicle and a number of people were stabbed", he added.

Some 20 people were also said to have been injured.

The incident happened on a warm Saturday night in a busy area full of bars and restaurants.

Details of the incident at Borough Market were not immediately made known.

We are reviewing and planning to strengthen our policing stance across London over the forthcoming days, and there will be additional police and officers deployed across the capital.

Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the attack "is being treated as a potential act of terrorism" and said her thoughts were with "those who are caught up in these awful events".

"This is a fast moving investigation".

UPDATE: A witness who lives near the scene said he heard "significant gunfire" several minutes prior to the major emergency response.

The Metropolitan Police force declared the attacks "terrorist incidents".

London Ambulance Service said at least 30 people have been taken to hospital.

A map of where the attacks occurred. And people just tried to get out of the way of the van. He saw at least six people on the ground after the van veered on and off the pavement.

Another witness, Brad Meyers, said he saw someone jump off the bridge into the water in order to escape being hit. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire Police entering a bar in London, Britain, June 3, 2017, telling people to get down in this screen grab from video.

A transport police officer was injured while responding to London Bridge.

"I saw that man with a knife in his hand and after that a man started screaming so I knew something wrong was happening", he said. Police have confirmed reports of stabbings.

"Our thoughts are with all those involved and those responding to both incidents".

The three men ran off towards the nearby bars and restaurants and there was a shout of "this is for Allah", he told the station. Then the police came in and told us to run.

"They were stabbing people ..."

"Now the area is completely closed with police cars going one way and ambulances going the other", he told Reuters. Women and children were sent out first.

Trump tweeted "we are with you" and said the United States would do whatever was needed to help.

"We were all strong together".

British media reported that more than one person had been killed in the rampage.

Prime Minister Theresa May described the event as a "dreadful" and "terrible incident". "We condemn them. My thoughts are with families of the deceased & prayers with the injured", he tweeted.

The highly popular Borough Market area, where the attacks took place, is a particular favourite haunt among Singaporeans in London, for the various foods sold at the market.

The killings on Saturday night were the second terrorist atrocity to hit the country in as many weeks after 22 were killed at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Mr Trump initially retweeted a Drudge Report item about the attacks, then provided his own message about the travel ban.

"Attacks in London are shocking & anguishing". We have armed police at the scenes.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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