Pedestrians mowed down by auto, throats cut, shots fired

Raquel Nash
June 4, 2017

Armed police have swooped on London Bridge after a vehicle reportedly ploughed into dozens of people.

"One of them had a big knife, then he came in and walked around the restaurant, I guess they just kind of stabbed anyone that they saw and knocked things on the ground and then we just hid".

A witness told Reuters that at least six people were hit on the bridge.

Australian senator Sam Dastyari was enjoying a late dinner with his UK Labour mates in London's Borough Markets when the screaming started.

Armed police rushed to the site of 3 separate, yet seemingly coordinated attacks in the heart of the city, where a van ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge, along with reports of multiple stabbings in the nearby Borough Market area.

Police responded rapidly with dozens of emergency vehicles and authorities led shellshocked members of the public away from the scene.

She said it was a fast-moving investigation and her thoughts were with "those who are caught up in these terrible events".

People run down Borough High Street as police deal with a "major incident" at London Bridge.

The bridge has been closed at the request of police as a hunt continued for at least three suspects, with police unaware of whether all the terrorists were accounted for.

London's Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command is leading the investigation. According to reports, they may have stabbed up to eight people and slit the throats of up to three victims. "The Uber stopped, we asked people what was going on - people said there was shooting", said Yoann Belmere, 40, a French banker living in London.

Britain's Sun newspaper said as many as seven people were feared killed and that two attackers were shot dead by police near London Bridge - but there was no immediate confirmation from police.

In March, an attacker ran down people with a vehicle on Westminster Bridge, killing four before stabbing a policeman to death outside Parliament.

Police officers cordon off the area around London Bridge, central London, after reports of pedestrians being hit by a white van in the area.

England has been under heightened alert since a bomb was detonated at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester nearly two weeks ago, killing 22 and wounding more than 100 as they left the venue.

There were also reports of a third incident, a stabbing in the Vauxhall area of London. At the same time, two men entered a restaurant across from the bridge and stabbed two people.

There have been no official reports yet regarding casualties, but it is clear from the attending paramedics and active police role in ordering evacuations that the situation is both serious and ongoing. But these last two to three months, we had two confirmed terrorist attacks, 22 people dying up in Manchester at the concert.

"Officers are now responding to an incident in the Vauxhall area".

Witness Peter Joshuas told NBC News he was just exiting the bridge when he heard screams and people shouting and running in confusion. And now tonight, police are not calling this a terrorist attack, but it's an extraordinary evening.

Six people have died and many more injured in terror attacks using a van and knives on Saturday night.

London mayor Sadiq Khan called the terrorism attacks "cowardly" and urged residents and visitors of London to stay safe. "He came down the stairs and went to the bar", Dee, 26, who was visibly in shock and declined to give her last name, told AFP.

She added that she saw a man, who had his shirt off and was in handcuffs, being arrested by police. There is no justification whatsoever for such barbaric acts.

Other reports by TheDigitalNewspaper

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