Three terrorists went on a killing rampage in a popular restaurant and bar area bustling with patrons enjoying a Saturday evening out.
- First attack on London Bridge, then at Borough Market
- Assailants armed with large knives
- Police killed the assailants within 8 minutes
- London Bridge and vicinity in lockdown
Six people were killed in an attack in central London in which three assailants were shot dead by police, Scotland Yard said.
Three terrorists ploughed a white van into pedestrians on London Bridge just after 10pm last night.
Carrying large knives, they then left the vehicle and stabbed a number of people in Borough Market, a nightspot hub.
Police were summoned to London Bridge at 10.08pm, responding to reports of a vehicle crash with pedestrians.
Shortly after, they responded to reports of stabbings in the Borough Market area.
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said the three attackers were shot within eight minutes of the first call.
Eyewitnesses said police confronted the three attackers outside a pub.
“The suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later established to be hoaxes,” Rowley said.
At least 30 people have been taken to five hospitals, with the number of people injured still rising.
At 12.25am, both incidents were declared terrorist attacks.
Prime Minister Theresa May described the incidents as “dreadful events” and said, “I can confirm that the terrible incident in London is being treated as a potential act of terrorism.”
The attack comes almost two weeks after 22 people died in a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. In March, five people were killed in London when a car drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and a police officer was stabbed outside Parliament.
Borough High Street, where armed police and counter-terrorism specialist forces were seen, is in lockdown. On the north side of the Thames River, road closures included Lower Thames Street and part of Cannon Street.
London Bridge has been closed in both directions and neighbouring Southwark Bridge has also been shut.