Sunday, 4 June 2017

London terror attacks: Everything we know so far

London terror attacks

  • Attackers drove van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing people in Borough Market
  • 48 injured people have been taken to hospitals
A van has struck pedestrians on London Bridge in central London and the occupants have attacked people around nearby Borough Market. Police have declared a "terrorist incident".

Here's what we know so for

  • Six people have been killed during attacks in two closely connected areas of London on Saturday night which police have described as “terrorist incidents’’.
  • Three suspected attackers have also been shot dead by police.
  • The incidents took place on London Bridge and in nearby Borough Market.
  • There were multiple casualties in addition to the fatalities with London Ambulance Service saying they have taken at least 48 people to five hospitals in the capital.
  • A British Transport Police officer was stabbed in the face as he responded to the incident at London Bridge.
  • Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Hospital said it was “on lockdown” to keep patients, relatives, and staff safe.
  • The first report of an incident was a white van plowing into pedestrians on London Bridge at about 10.08pm.
  • Witnesses said the van swerved onto the pavement.
  • Police say the van continued on to Borough Market where there have been reports of multiple stabbing.
  • Pictures have been circulating showing a suspect on the ground in the market; he appears to have canisters strapped to his body.
  • Police say those canisters were part of a hoax suicide vest.
  • Authorities responded to a third incident, a stabbing at Vauxhall, but this was not connected to the events around London Bridge.
  • Theresa May, the prime minister, has called the events a “terrible incident’’ that is being treated as a “potential act of terrorism’’.
  • Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, thanked emergency services after the “brutal and shocking incidents reported in London”.
  • London mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the “barbaric” and “horrific” attack as “deliberate and cowardly”.
  • Guests at some hotels in the vicinity of the attacks have been evacuated.
  • Security services have carried out a number of controlled explosions in the area of the attacks.
  • Police urged people to stay away from the affected areas.
  • The government said there would be a meeting of the emergency committee Cobra on Sunday morning.


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