Van strikes pedestrians on London Bridge

Lucy Bush
June 4, 2017

Police were called at around 10.08pm to reports of a vehicle hitting pedestrians on London Bridge.

A white van was said to be traveling at about 50 miles per hour when it veered off the road and on to the sidewalk on the bridge late Saturday night and struck pedestrians, less than a month after the Manchester Arena was bombed.

Both locations are very close to each other on the south side of the Thames, though police have not confirmed if two incidents are related.

At 2:25 a.m., police announced the two incidents at London Bridge and Borough Market were "terrorist incidents". The BBC says more than one person has been killed.

London's Metropolitan Police said armed officers were at two scenes - on the bridge and the nearby Borough Market, a busy area of restaurants and bars. Police confirmed that shots were fired after they responded to these reports.

Police also said they were responding to another incident in the Vauxhall area, more than three kilometres away.

Witnesses have described seeing a speeding vehicle veer into crowds on London Bridge and people being stabbed in Borough Market.

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The BBC reports police are searching for three potentially armed suspects.

His administration is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate it. Trump also tweeted a pledge of help and support for London. Nearby underground stations London Bridge and Borough stations were immediately shut.

There have also been unconfirmed reports from witnesses to Reuters, BBC News, CNN and The Telegraph of stabbings.

The Metropolitan Police advised people caught up in the incidents to "RUN - to a place of safety".

British prime minister Theresa May is being briefed on the incidents, along with US President Donald Trump.

Will Haven, managing editor of The Spectator in London, told Sky he "certainly saw people who looked like they'd been run over".

Jamie, who was in a restaurant on Rochester Walk near London Bridge, said customers ran to hide after hearing a "massive bang" and seeing intruders rush in.

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Three men are reported to have got out of the white van on London Bridge and launched a knife attack on pedestrians before fleeing.

At least two people have died as a result of the van attack, according to The Telegraph.

"After that I heard what sounded like gunfire from Borough Market". He says he subsequently witnessed three attackers stab at least four people, including a woman in her early 20s. The patrons sheltered in the basement and police then arrived at the scene, the witness said.

"Officers are now responding to an incident in the #Vauxhall area", the statement added.

She was separated from her husband but, after eventually being able to sit up and speak, she spoke to him again and, after giving their details to police, they were allowed to leave.

On March 22, the British Parliament building was attacked by a man who ran over pedestrians with a vehicle and then stabbed several people.

The attack came on the eve of a benefit concert Grande is scheduled to play in Manchester on Sunday in aid of the victims and their families.

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