Six dead in London Bridge terror attack

Elias Hubbard
June 4, 2017

Police first received reports that a vehicle struck pedestrians on the iconic London Bridge around 10 p.m., Rowley said.

Six people were killed in the attack, and at least 30 were taken to the hospital, the Metropolitan police said.

Police said the attackers were wearing suspected suicide vests, which were later found to be fake.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan labelled the events "deliberate and cowardly", adding: "There is no justification whatsoever for such barbaric acts". "I condemn it in the strongest possible terms".

One witness told Reuters that she saw what appeared to be three people with knife wounds and possibly their throats cut at London Bridge.

Last month Britain's terror threat level was raised to critical after a bomb exploded outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 22 people.

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. He said he saw one man jump out of a van and begin attacking people.

The attackers drove a white van across London Bridge in an S shape, "veering off the road into the crowds of people who were walking along the pavement" and mowing down "up to 20" people.

"I saw this van going left and right, left and right, trying to catch as many people as he could. He hit about two people in front of me and then three behind". "France is putting everything in place to assist them".

" On March 22, Khalid Masood ploughed a rented vehicle into pedestrians and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead". She said he was handcuffed and had his shirt off. She also said five credible plots have been disrupted since March. He said a lot of police suddenly came from the other direction.

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

"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. "We thought maybe there was a fight or something outside".

He said he threw chairs, glasses and bottles at the attackers in a bid to stop them. There was panic - it seemed like it was literally outside the door.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer had earlier tweeted saying that the USA president's national security team had briefed him about the attacks at the London Bridge and Borough Market.

Mrs. May added: "This is a fast-moving investigation".

"My thoughts are with everyone affected, and I'd like to thank the fearless men and women of our emergency services who were first on the scene and will be working throughout the night". "Our thoughts are with those who are caught up in these terrible events".

Downing Street said Mrs.

The leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, shared his thoughts on Twitter.

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.

Two police boats are on the River Thames and working with RNLI lifeboats to evacuate people.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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