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Lawrence Kim
June 4, 2017

Jonathan Barley, the Green party co-leader, said: "Thoughts with those in London Bridge and across London right now". Others were treated at the scene.

The attack on Saturday came less than two weeks after a deadly suicide bombing at a Manchester concert venue, which killed 22 people, and some three months after an attacker ran down people with a vehicle on Westminster Bridge, killing four before stabbing a policeman to death outside Parliament.

The attacker - who reportedly had a criminal record and may have had connections to violent extremism - was gunned down by a police officer.

Prime Minister Theresa May planned to chair an emergency security Cabinet session Sunday to deal with the crisis.

The leader of the Conservatives insisted that "things need to change" regarding how the United Kingdom goes about the problem of fighting terrorism.

"We believe we are experiencing a new trend in the threat we face as terrorism breeds terrorism, and perpetrators are inspired to attack not only on the basis of carefully constructed plots after years of planning and training, and not even as lone attackers radicalised online, but by copying one another and often using the crudest of means of attack".

"Defeating this ideology is one of the great challenges of our time, but it can not be defeated by military intervention alone".

"We will release facts when we can", London's Metropolitan Police said on Twitter.

The U.S. State Department said it "condemns the cowardly attacks targeting innocent civilians in London".

Reacting to the attack DUP leader Arlene Foster said: "This morning we pray for those who have been bereaved, the injured and the people of London who have been challenged once again by evil".

"But it is time to say "Enough is enough".

Will Heaven, managing editor of The Spectator magazine, said on Twitter that he saw "two casualties - one on pavement, one edge of road" and reported seeing armed police on the bridge.

Police officers guard the approach to Southwark Bridge after an incident near London Bridge in London, Britain June 4, 2017.

Police and emergency services were called to London Bridge shortly after 10pm on Saturday, amid reports that a white van had hit pedestrians.

"I want to go home but I don't know how", she said.

He told the station: "I didn't see the van mount the kerb but I saw everything else".

Ben said: "We saw people running away and then I saw a man in red with a large blade, at a guess 10 inches long, stabbing a man, about three times".

After one of the men was shot, Sciotto, captured a photo of the suspect on the ground wearing what appeared to be canisters strapped to his chest. "It was a rampage really".

People on the streets were told to run and hide, while others were locked inside pubs and hotels for hours for their own safety.

Lions tour manager John Spencer said the team had just came out of the Maori welcome when they received the news.

Will Orton, 25, told the Press Association: "We were in the Sheaf pub".

"(The man) said he had been stabbed in the neck and I was holding his bandage and wound while he was talking to the police".

--Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation hospital said had been put "on lockdown" to keep patients, relatives and staff safe.

Armed police confronted the three male suspects and then shot and killed them in Borough Market.

At least 48 people were taken to hospitals, London Ambulance tweeted.

Nine people, including three terrorists, are dead.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement that she learned of the attacks with "sadness and dismay" and said Germany would stand by Britain's side against terrorism. There was a line of people going down to the emergency exit.

"London is known to be stoical after the previous attacks that took place in the city, notably the seven attacks that targeted public transportation in 2005", he added.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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