Attacks Near London Bridge Are "Terrorist" Incidents

Posted June 04, 2017

"We saw a few being knocked over".

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

The vehicle is reported to have mounted the pavement at the scene Saturday evening, Mirror reported in its website. "The police came pretty quickly". Another man was seen lying on the ground a short distance away in the photograph.

"Now the area is completely closed with police cars going one way and ambulances going the other", he told Reuters.

Soon after, there were reported stabbings at nearby Borough Market, an area full of bars and restaurants.

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Police told people in the area to "run as fast as you can".

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BBC reporter Holly Jones was at the bridge when the van came through and reported the van veered off the road and into crowds of people.

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"He swerved right round me and then hit about five or six people". She witnessed the injured being treated by paramedics, she said.

In March, a man driving an SUV mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four people, before getting out of his vehicle and stabbing a police officer outside the Houses of Parliament. Earlier reports of a third incident at Vauxhall about four kilometres away have been found to be unrelated.

London Ambulance Services said it has taken at least 20 patients to at least six hospitals. Police apparently told other pedestrians in the area to flee. The BBC cited police as saying there had been more than one fatality.

Will Heaven, a Spectator journalist who was passing London Bridge minutes after the incident, has told Sky News what he saw: "It was about 10 past 10.

The men, described as being "of Mediterranean origin", reportedly jumped out of the van and began "randomly stabbing people" along Borough High Street. "I froze because I didn't know what to do", Mark Roberts, a 53-year-old management consultant, told Reuters.

He added: "I feel sick". I thought someone had collapsed.

Transport for London said busy London Bridge station was closed at the request of police.

Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the attack "is being treated as a potential act of terrorism" and said her thoughts were with "those who are caught up in these terrible events". A large number of police officers were seen gearing up with helmets and riot gear, believed to be on the hunt for suspects.

May will chair a security meeting on Sunday morning.