Three people have carried out terror attacks in central London, killing 6 and injuring at least 20.
At 22:08 last night, a white van rammed multiple pedestrians on London Bridge. Three attackers then jumped out of the van and stabbed several people. They then drove to Borough Market where another stabbing attack took place in multiple restaurants.
Witnesses reported that the attackers shouted “This is for Allah” and stabbed bystanders with knives. Between the two attacks there were six fatalities.
The three attackers were shot dead by police.
The BBC have reported that a van was driven by a male driver and was “probably travelling at about 50 miles an hour”.
London Ambulance Service Assistant Director of Operations, Peter Rhodes said:
“Our thoughts are with all of those affected by the incident at London Bridge and their friends and family. We took 48 patients to five hospitals across London and treated a number of others at the scene for minor injuries. Police have confirmed that sadly, six people also died at the scene.
We were called to the incident at 10:07pm (Saturday 3 June), with the first ambulance crew arriving within six minutes. We sent over 80 of our medics to the scene including ambulance crews, advanced paramedics, specialist response teams and an advanced trauma team from London’s Air Ambulance.
We declared a major incident and worked closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene. Our priority was to assess patients and ensure that they were treated and taken to hospital as soon as possible. I would like to thank our staff and the other emergency services who responded.
Members of the public who are concerned about friends and relatives should contact the police Casualty Bureau on 0800 096 1233 or 020 7158 0197. As we are still very busy, we would urge the public to only call us in a genuine emergency and to call NHS 111 for urgent healthcare advice.”
British Transport Police have confirmed that an officer has been serious injured:
“We can confirm a British Transport Police officer was injured as he was responding to the terrorist incident at London Bridge last night (Saturday 3 June 2017). The officer was on duty and one of the first on the scene, after he responded to calls for help from the public.
He received injuries to his head, face and leg, which, at this time, are believed to be serious but not life threatening. He is currently being treated in a central London hospital and his family are with him while he receives treatment.”
The Metropolitan Police declared the London Bridge and Borough Market attacks to be “terrorist incidents”. Multiple explosions subsequently heard near Borough Market were confirmed to be controlled explosions.