Terrorists Strike Again In London

The word “incident” doesn’t seem to do acts of terrorism justice. At least the attackers have been shot and killed by the Police.

London attack: What we know so far

A van has struck pedestrians on London Bridge in central London leaving a number of casualties, including fatalities. Police have declared a “terrorist incident” there and at nearby Borough Market amid reports of stabbings.

Here’s what we know so far.

Police and ambulance could be seen on the south side of London Bridge
Image captionThe initial attack occurred on London Bridge

What happened?

Armed police and ambulances were called to reports of a white van hitting several people on London Bridge at 22:08 BST on Saturday.

The area and nearby railway stations were closed. Witness reports said the van mounted the pavement of the bridge.

BBC reporter Holly Jones, who was on the bridge at the time, said: “A white van driver came speeding – probably about 50mph – veered off the road into the crowds of people who were walking along the pavement.

“He swerved right round me and then hit about five or six people.”

Counter-terrorism specialist firearm officers were in attendanceImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionShots were later fired in the area around Borough market to the south of the bridge

Police have said there has been “more than one” person killed on London Bridge.

British Transport Police confirmed at 23:15 that there were “a number” of casualties and said there was an “incident that possibly involved a van and a knife”.

London Ambulance Service said “multiple resources” were sent to the scene.

It later reported at least 20 people had been taken to six different London hospitals.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed a second armed response to nearby Borough Market where there were reports of stabbings. Police said shots have been fired.

Police subsequently confirmed they are treating these as “terrorist incidents”.

People described as “walking wounded” were moved to the Andaz Hotel at Liverpool Street where there are more armed police.

Nearby Guy’s Hospital has been placed in lockdown as a precaution to keep staff and patients safe, as have St Thomas’ and the Evelina Children’s Hospital a mile away.

A third police unit was sent to the Vauxhall area. Officers later said this was a stabbing and not connected to the operation at London Bridge and Borough Market.

Map of London Bridge and Borough Market

What is currently happening?

Injured people are being treated on London Bridge and being moved from the scene.

Armed police are also at Borough Market, which is on the south side of London Bridge. The Met confirmed shots were fired.

The area around the bridge has been cordoned off.

London Bridge and Borough stations have been closed and trains are passing straight through.

Network Rail also said Waterloo East, Charing Cross and Cannon Street stations have been closed.

There are also delays at Blackfriars.

Police boats are searching the River Thames for anyone who may have fallen from the bridge.

Prime Minister Theresa May and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan are being kept “regularly updated” on events.

The prime minister will chair a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergency committee on Sunday which Mr Khan will attend.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called the attack “brutal and shocking”.

 

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