Published: Sun, June 04, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

'Multiple casualties' in 'knife and vehicle incident' on London Bridge


President Donald Trump touted his so-called travel ban Saturday in the wake of reports that people were hit by a van and stabbed in London, while also pledging assistance to Britain.

British police rushed to London Bridge after reports of a vehicle running down pedestrians.

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

Media reports in the United Kingdom suggest two attacksers were shot by police after the stabbings at Borough - however police have continued to tweet the "run, hide, tell" message, suggesting there are other attackers still at large. Police attended a third incident in Vauxhall which was not confirmed to be terror-related.

Other witnesses reported seeing as many as three attackers with knives.

London Ambulance Service tweeted: "Multiple resources attending an incident at #LondonBridge, please avoid the area".

Alexander Downer has told Julie Bishop in a text that the London incident is being treated as a terrorist incident. He estimated 100 people were on the bridge at the time, fewer than earlier in the night because it was getting late.

Holly Jones, a BBC reporter at the bridge when the incident happened, said a van had swerved off the road into a crowd of pedestrians.

Police told the BBC that more than one person has died in the London Bridge incidents.

"A van came from London Bridge itself, went between the traffic light system and rammed it towards the steps".

"I thought at first it was fireworks, then I recognised it was significant gunfire".

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"And then a couple of seconds later, about three police vans flew past".

"I'd say there are about four severely injured people".

And in the popular food market in south London, witnesses said they saw a man with a large blade. "They all have paramedics assisting them at the moment".

The Metropolitan Police force says armed officers are responding at both scenes.

A witness told the BBC she saw a speeding white van veering into pedestrians.

The van swerved into oncoming lanes before hitting a bus stop and coming to a stop, Roberts said.

London's transport authority said London Bridge rail station had been closed at the request of the police.The police were urging the public to run to a place of safety and hide if they can not."Please remain calm, but be alert and vigilant".

First reports of the incident emerged shortly after 10.10pm local time (7.10am AEST).

Police boats were searching the river - apparently looking for people who may have been thrown off the bridge.

Grande visited victims of the bombing in the hospital Saturday and is scheduled to perform at a star-studded benefit concert in Manchester on Sunday. We're talking about central London. The patrons sheltered in the basement and police have arrived at the scene, the witness said.

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