Six Dead in London Terror Attack
During the early hours of Sunday morning the fragmented news of a terror attack in central London has started to become clear.
According to Scotland yard six people have dies in the attack, including 3 assailants who were shot dead by police.
The story started to unfold after a white van ploughed into pedestrians on London bridge shortly after 10pm U.K. time.
Three men then emerged from the vehicle and began stabbing people in the vicinity. It seems their victims were totally random among the people in the busy Borough market area on the South Bank.
Armed Police officers were on the scene quickly and shot the suspects within eight minutes of the attack having commenced.
The BBC reported that London Ambulance Service had taken 30+ people to hospital.
Metropolitan 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.
It is understood that an unarmed Police officer who responded to the incident and tackled the attackers was among the injured. His situation is said to be serious but not life threatening.
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.
Five or six people were treated for injuries after the vehicle mounted the pavement and hit them, she said.
“I’d say there are about four severely injured people. They all have paramedics assisting them at the moment.”
Speaking to the Press Association, Will Orton described being in a pub in the area and seeing people coming running inside.
“We didn’t really know what was going on,” he said.
“We thought maybe there was a fight or something outside. And then there were almost hundreds of people coming inside.
“The bouncers did a really good job, they shut the doors and locked everyone in. There was panic – it seemed like it was literally outside the door. People were coming inside and saying they had witnessed people being stabbed.”
Reacting to the overnight events Prime Minister Theresa May described the incidents as “dreadful events” and will chair a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergency committee on Sunday.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan called it “a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners”.
On Twitter, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn described the incidents as “brutal and shocking”.
The Met Police has set up a casualty bureau on 0800 096 1233 and 020 7158 0197 for people concerned about friends or relatives who may be affected.
Facebook has activated its safety check so people in London could post a message to let friends and relatives know they were safe.
The safety check tool will automatically send users in the affected area a note asking if they are safe and when the user clicks on “yes, let my friends know,” the tool then notifies their Facebook friends.