Seven people have been killed and 48 injured on London Bridge yesterday as a white van plunge into pedestrians knocking them down. Witnesses said three people were shouting “this is for Allah.” But eight minutes after police got the call, three suspects were killed.
Police said a white van hit pedestrians on London Bridge at about 22:00 BST on Saturday, then three men got out and stabbed people in nearby Borough Market. Three men were wearing fake bomb vests.
One of those hurt is a police officer who was stabbed after going to help. His injuries are not life-threatening.
The BBC is reporting that most political parties have suspended national general election campaigningin light of the attack, but UKIP leader Paul Nuttall said he would carry on because that was “precisely what extremists would want us to do”.
The prime minister has chaired a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergency committee and is expected to make a statement shortly.
Borough Market is an area known for its bars and restaurants which were busy on a warm summer evening.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick praised the “extraordinary bravery” of her officers, on and off duty, who risked their lives by rushing to confront the attackers.
The three suspects were shot dead within eight minutes of the first 999 call being received.
The commissioner said she understood there could be a certain amount of “fear” among Londoners, but added: “The last thing we need is people over-reacting or taking out their frustrations on people in other communities or in their own communities.”