Reuters / Hannah McKay
- Police believe 7people are dead in addition tothreeattackers, following terrorist incidents at London Bridge and Borough Market in London.
- Witnesses saw a white van mow down pedestrians on London Bridge.
- Attackers then emerged and began stabbingpeople at Borough Market.
- Several had their throats cut.
- Armed police responded with gunfire, killing the suspects.
- The entire incident took just 8 minutes.
- 48 people have been taken to fivehospitals acrossthe city.
- No group so far has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
London police said seven victimsand three suspectsare dead following terrorist attacks Saturday evening, whenattackers in avehiclemowed down pedestrians on London Bridge and thenstabbedpassersby at the nearby Borough Market.
At least 48 people were taken to fivehospitals across London, according to the London Ambulance Service.
Police believe they killed all of the attackers involved in the incidents, according toAssistant Commissioner Mark Rowley.But he added that the scene is “complex” and authorities are still determining how events unfolded.
According to investigators, police first receivedreports of a vehicle striking pedestrians on London Bridge around 10:08 p.m. local time (5:08 p.m. ET), and the vehicle then drove to the nearby Borough Market just south of the bridge.
At that point, the three attackers – all of them male – left the vehicle and began stabbing people with what witnesses said were large knives. Armed officers then shot and killed the suspects in Borough Market.
At 9.20 a.m. Cressida Dick, the commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police, gave an update on the attack:
It was “an appalling and tragic incident in London, something we hoped we would not see again,” Dick said.
She has “visited one of the hospitals where the injured are being treated.”
She has met “officers on and off duty who were first on the scene.”
They “ran toward the danger as the incidentunfolded. Many, many people risked their own safety to help others and to treat the injured, and indeed to confront the suspects involved,” she said.
“The courage of those people during and after the attack was extraordinary. … I’m sure they helped to save lives.”
“Our officers confronted the suspects and brought this terrible incident to a conclusion within 8 minutes.”
“Seven members of the public have died. In addition, as you know, three suspects are dead. My current informationis that 48 people have been injured. And 48 people were indeed taken to hospital for treatment.”
Armed police on St Thomas Street, London, near the scene of last night’s terrorist incident at #BoroughMarket