- Wajaja King
- Category: Weird News
- Saturday, 03 June 2017 23:40
London Attacks: 6 killed, 3 suspects dead after 'terrorist incident' at London Bridge, Borough Market...
Six people were killed, three attackers are dead and 48 victims have been transported to hospitals after a "terrorist incident" in London Saturday night involving a vehicle reportedly plowing into pedestrians on London Bridge and reported stabbings at Borough Market, officials said.
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said this is being treated as a "terrorist incident."
Police said they responded to reports of a vehicle striking pedestrians on London Bridge at about 10 p.m. local time.
"The vehicle continued to drive from London Bridge to Borough Market," Rowley said. "The suspects then left the vehicle and a number of people were stabbed."
Armed officers confronted the three male suspects, who were shot and killed by authorities in Borough Market, Rowley said.
Police said the suspects were wearing hoax explosive vests.
The suspects were confronted and shot by the police within eight minutes of the first call, Rowley added.
PHOTO: Police escort a member of public as they clear the scene of a terror attack on London Bridge in central London on June 3, 2017
BBC reporter Holly Jones, who was on London Bridge at the time of that incident, told the network that several people were hurt after a white van swerved and hit a crowd of people while it was crossing London Bridge.
"A white van driver came speeding -- probably about 50 mph -- veered off the road into the crowds of people who were walking along the pavement," she told BBC News. "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. I'd say there are about four severely injured people. They all have paramedics assisting them at the moment."
One man told The Associated Press he was finishing dinner in Borough Market when a woman "came running in and said there was a person out there wielding some kind of knife ... The manager of the restaurant herded everybody together and took us upstairs to the staff quarters and we sat there for an hour and a half during which time we heard three separate volleys of gunfire, quite well-timed apart. They weren't very quick. There was one series, then another, then another."
Later the man said they were told to leave the restaurant. "We had to run out with our hands on our heads and just keep running," he told the AP.
The London Ambulance Service's assistant director of operations, Peter Rhodes, said in a statement early Sunday morning that 48 people were taken to five hospitals and that "a number of others" were treated at the scene for "minor injuries, all in connection with the London Bridge incident.
Rhodes added, "We sent over 80 of our medics to the scene including ambulance crews, advanced paramedics, specialist response teams and an advanced trauma team from London’s Air Ambulance."
British Transport Police said one of its officers is among the injured. The officer was one of the first to arrive at the London Bridge scene and his condition is characterized as serious but non-life-threatening, the British Transport Police said.
Police are urging the public to avoid London Bridge and Borough Market. Anyone with images or film of the incident is asked to upload them at www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk, police said.
London Bridge is normally crowded on Saturday nights, and Borough Market is a popular area packed with bars and restaurants a short distance from the bridge.
Rowley said the police "are reviewing and planning to strengthen our policing stance across London over the forthcoming days, and there will be additional police and officers deployed across the Capital."
He added, “I would like to ask the public to remain vigilant and let us know if they see anything suspicious that causes them concern and dial 999 immediately.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement Saturday night that the incidents are "being treated as a potential act of terrorism."
She said, "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.”