London attack: Six killed in vehicle and stabbing incidents

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Six people have been killed in an attack in central London in which three assailants were shot dead by police, Scotland Yard has said.

A white van hit several pedestrians on London Bridge just after 22:00 BST.

Three men then left the vehicle and stabbed a number of people in Borough Market, an area known for its restaurants and bars.

Armed officers confronted and shot three male suspects within eight minutes.

Met Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said: "The suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later established to be hoaxes."

He said it was currently believed there were only three attackers involved.

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

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.

Prime Minister Theresa May described the incidents as "dreadful events" and will chair a meeting of the government's Cobra emergency committee later on Sunday.

She added: "I can confirm that the terrible incident in London is being treated as a potential act of terrorism."

London Mayor Sadiq Khan called it "a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners".

Eyewitnesses told BBC home affairs correspondent Tom Symonds they saw people getting out of the van after the attack on the bridge and running towards Borough Market.

Gunshots were later heard in the area while one social media user posted a photograph appearing to show one of the attackers lying on the ground outside a pub in the food market, with what seemed to be canisters strapped to his body.

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.

The BBC's Tom Symonds said a security guard who oversees a number of pubs in the London Bridge area said he saw four people stabbed by three attackers.

Police arrested a man on Southwark bridge during the rampage on London Bridge  

BBC reporter Holly Jones, who was on the bridge at the time of the attack, said a van driven by a man was "probably travelling at about 50 miles an hour" before it hit a number of people.

"He swerved right round me and then hit about five or six people. He hit about two people in front of me and then three behind," Ms Jones told the BBC News Channel.

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  • Chadeha@gamil.fom Sunday, 04 June 2017 09:45 AM

    The Sri lankan government should issue a travel advisory to avoid uk unless for essential matters.

    ANTON Sunday, 04 June 2017 10:07 AM

    NOW THE WHITE VANS ARE BECOMING POPULAR IN THE UK TOO., WHERE THERE IS A TRAGEDY OR THUGGERY , THERE IS A WHITE VAN BEHIND IT.

    SriLanka Sunday, 04 June 2017 10:34 AM

    Wired, maybe Bodu Bala Sena was right.

    Lankan Sunday, 04 June 2017 10:54 AM

    Don't think like that why you are trying to comparing with religious.

    buwanekac Sunday, 04 June 2017 10:59 AM

    the white van the former royal family is there now via DM Android App

    Nadeesha Sunday, 04 June 2017 11:14 AM

    British went to other countries as invaders. In future, they will go as refugees if this scourge continues.

    Nelum Fernando Sunday, 04 June 2017 11:19 AM

    These are the people who are telling us that eradicating ruthless terrorists was wrong. Let's see how UK is going to deal with this situation.

    Patel Sunday, 04 June 2017 11:57 AM

    As an Indian all I can say is for what Britain did all over the world for 300 years,the KARUMA has begun catch up with them.

    reader Sunday, 04 June 2017 12:45 PM

    SriLanka Right about what via DM iOS App

    Shameless Sunday, 04 June 2017 01:05 PM

    UK has been a genocidal terror supporter for centuries. It is encouraging to see certain patriotic foreign groups are fighting back.

    Grace Sunday, 04 June 2017 01:42 PM

    Before British came, there was no India. You must tank the British for creating India and call yourself an Indian.

    Sam Sunday, 04 June 2017 01:58 PM

    OMG ! "Armed officers confronted and shot three suspects"Where is UNHRC? Where is Miliband?


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