Six people have died and three suspects have been shot dead by armed police after they went on a horrific knife rampage in central London last night. It has been reported that five men mowed down up to 20 people with a white van on London Bridge before getting out of the vehicle near Borough Market and stabbing several people in bars and restaurants, including one man who was reportedly stabbed five times in the chest.
The London Ambulance Service said at least 30 people have been taken to six hospitals. A number of people were treated at the scene for less serious injuries.
The British Transport Police said one of its officers was seriously injured after being stabbed as he responded to the incident but his condition was not said to be life-threatening.
The Metropolitan Police tweeted: “At 0025hrs 4/6/17 the incidents at #LondonBridge & #BoroughMarket were declared as terrorist incidents.”
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 3, 2017
Witnesses said the men, smashed pub windows and cut the throats of drinkers, while a ‘dark-skinned’ man in a red tracksuit ‘calmly’ stabbed a man three times.
Three male suspects were shot and killed by armed police in Borough Market within eight minutes of the first call. The attackers were wearing suicide vests, which turned out to be a ‘hoax’, police said.
“Following updates from police and security officials, I can confirm that the terrible incident in London is being treated as a potential act of terrorism,” British Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement. “This is a fast moving investigation. I want to express my huge gratitude to the police and emergency services who are on the scene. Our thoughts are with those who are caught up in these dreadful events.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has condemned the incidents at London Bridge and on Borough Market, describing them as “a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners.”
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) June 4, 2017
Footage shared on social media showed police in a central London pub urging people to lie on the floor.
London bridge bar now. Police everywhere pic.twitter.com/0gWH9jhgdX
— James Yates (@Yatesy17) June 3, 2017
The attack comes almost two weeks after 22 people died in a suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester.
In March, five people died in London when a car was driven at pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and a police officer was stabbed outside Parliament.
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