June 23, 2017

Britain's main political parties suspend election campaign after London attack

04 June 2017, 03:22 | Grady King

Ben Kelly Image from above looking down at the scene on London Bridge

London Bridge Van mows down pedestrians witness says

London police say at least seven people were killed by terrorists and at dozens more injured in attack Saturday night in a busy part of central London.

The London Ambulance Service, who dispatched upwards of 80 medics to help deal with the incident, said at least 48 people were taken to five hospitals across the capital, with many more treated at the scene. More than 40 people were treated at London hospitals and a number of others suffered less serious injuries.

A van is reported to have ploughed into pedestrians on the bridge and people were reportedly stabbed at the popular food market in south London.

"The suspects had been confronted and shot by police within eight minutes of the first call". Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Ops, Mark Rowley, said the assailants were wearing what looked like explosive vests which upon further investigation appeared to be fake.

Eyewitnesses reported panic as the incidents unfolded in the vicinity of a major transport hub and in an area packed with restaurants and bars. She will hold an emergency ministerial meeting later on Sunday and Facebook activated its safety check function for people in London to let their loved ones know they are safe.

Police told the BBC that more than one person has died in the London Bridge incidents. Witness Elsbeth Smedley told CNN that a man ran into Elliot's, a cafe in Borough Market, and stabbed two people before running out.

"Obviously a very high priority for us is to identify them, work out who they are, where they've came from, what is behind this".

The President re-tweeted a headline about the deadly incident at London Bridge and Borough Market from the Drudge Report, a right-wing outlet. "We will stand together to defend our common values of solidarity, humanity and justice and will not allow terrorists to derail our democratic process", Corbyn said in a statement.

--Campaigning for the general election has been suspended. "Third attack in three months is horrifying". "They put pressure on the stab wound".

Police closed the London Bridge and the London Bridge train station and used a double decker bus to block access to the London Bridge.

A taxi driver called Chris told LBC said he saw men armed with foot-long knives after a van drove on to the pavement.

It then across the bridge knocking over several pedestrians.

He said: "Again, our thoughts and sympathies are with those who have been injured in and affected by this horrific incident, including one of our own".

England has been on edge since May 22, when a suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena. After that attack, Britain's official terrorism threat level was raised from "severe" to "critical", meaning an attack may be imminent. A spokesman said she was receiving regular briefings on the situation.

"These acts of violence were truly shocking and I condemn them in the strongest terms", Harun Khan, the MCB's secretary general, said.

The agency additionally tweeted a third incident has been reported in the Vauxhall neighborhood of South London, some 20 minutes away by auto.

BBC radio said witnesses saw people throwing tables and chairs at the perpetrators of the attack to protect themselves.

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