Van strikes as many as 6 people on London Bridge

Joanna Estrada
June 4, 2017

Northern Ireland's political leaders have reacted to the London terror attack with DUP leader Arlene Foster saying "democracy will not be thwarted or derailed by terrorism".

Armed police rushed to the scene and shot dead the three male attackers in the Borough Market area near the bridge, as authorities urged Londoners on Twitter to "run, hide, tell" if they were caught up in the violence.

ยท To review the counter-terrorism strategy, to ensure the police have the powers they need.

Chris J Ratcliffe / AFPMembers of the public, wrapped in emergency blankets leave the scene of a terror attack on London Bridge in central London on June 3, 2017.

She said the recent attacks are not directly linked, but "terrorism breeds terrorism".

The incident bore similarities to a March attack on Westminster Bridge, west of London Bridge, in which a man killed five people after driving into a crowd of pedestrians before stabbing a police officer in the grounds of parliament.

Frightened onlookers around the bridge walked away with their hands on their heads.

Witnesses described a white van careering into pedestrians near London Bridge and knocking over several people.

The attacks killed seven people in a busy section of London and wounded about 50 people.

"We can not allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed - yet that is precisely what the internet, and the big companies that provide internet-based services provide", May said. "I think we're locked in", Davis said. I join all United Kingdom police colleagues in wishing them a swift recovery.

The man with the knife stabbed a waitress, who was hiding behind a partition, in the neck and stabbed a man in the back before running out of the restaurant, the witness said. His injuries are not life-threatening.

Khan said some of the victims were critically injured.

In the morning hours of Sunday, as Europe woke to news of yet another deadly terrorist attack, global news media blanketed coverage of last night's terror assault in London, its ongoing investigation and the reactions of government leaders.

"He's lived here for about three years", resident Damien Pettit said.

Mr Sagristani said it was more than two hours before the paramedics were able to reach them. "He was a very nice guy".

On May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured dozens at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, in northwest England.

Grande and other acts were due to give a benefit concert at Manchester's Old Trafford cricket ground on Sunday evening to raise funds for victims of the concert bombing and their families.

One witness said the aftermath was "pandemonium".

She said five credible attacks since the Westminster attack have been disrupted by the police.

"It is time to say 'Enough is enough, '" May said. After that attack, Britain's official terrorism threat level was raised to "critical", meaning an attack may be imminent. The latest attacks come just days before Thursday's general election. Police said the event would go ahead as planned, but security would be increased.

And on Sunday morning, Trump tweeted, "We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people". London Bridge and the adjacent train station, as well as nearby Borough subway station, were still closed.

Three men exited the van and began stabbing the bystanders on the bridge and in Borough Market near the bridge.

Police said three suspects were shot at the scene, but investigations will determine whether they had support or were part of a larger network The proximity of the attacks and the timing seem to suggest they were coordinated, but police have not confirmed that. "Mostly young people, many of them in tears", he told the newspaper.

Renan Marquese, a sous-chef at a tapas restaurant, said he was working when he heard chaotic sounds outside the restaurant. Police officers yelled at people to run from the area. "It was a rampage really", he said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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