7 dead, dozens injured after terror attack in central London


PUBLISHED Sat, June 03, 2017 - 5:39pm EDT
Credit: Sky News


A van ran over pedestrians on the London Bridge and multiple people were stabbed in nearby bars, killing at least 7 people and injuring nearly 50 others, British officials say. The three attackers were shot dead by police. (more)





FOR LIVE UPDATES: Twitter, Facebook

The attack began at about 10:08 p.m. local time on Saturday when a white van ran over pedestrians on the London Bridge. The vehicle then continued to nearby Borough Market, where three men emerged from the vehicle and began stabbing people.

"Armed officers responded very quickly and bravely, confronting three male suspects who were shot and killed in Borough Market," said Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley of the Metropolitan Police Service. "The suspects had been confronted and shot by the police within 8 minutes of the first call."

Authorities confirmed on early Sunday morning that at least 7 victims died at the scene, while 48 others were taken to 5 hospitals across London. There was no immediate word on their conditions. An unknown number of other people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Among those stabbed was a British Transport Police officer who was one of the first officers to arrive on the scene. "He received injuries to his head, face and leg, which, at this time, are believed to be serious but not life threatening," the agency said in a statement.

Rowley said the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack, though there was no immediate claim of responsibility. He said the three attackers - whose identities were not immediately known - were wearing fake explosive belts.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, who called the attack "appalling," will hold an emergency cabinet meeting on Sunday morning. "I want to express my huge gratitude to the police and emergency services who are on the scene," she said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear whether the UK's terror threat level - which is currently at "serious" - would again be raised to "critical." Rowley said police in London are planning to deploy additional officers across the capital in the coming days.

"I would like to ask the public to remain vigilant and let us know if they see anything suspicious that causes them concern and dial 999 immediately," he said.

Saturday's attack comes less than 2 weeks after a suicide bomber blew himself up at the Manchester Arena, killing 22 people after a concert by singer Ariana Grande. A benefit concert featuring Ariana Grande and other celebrities is set to take place in Manchester on Sunday evening. The attack also comes just days before the UK's general election, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday.







  London, England     

 



LEAVE COMMENTS



.

 


Happening Now

Gunmen storm Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, take hostages

Big loser in government shutdown would be military: Trump

U.S. government shutdown begins after lawmakers fail to act

Rock legend Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose

READ: Las Vegas police release report on October massacre





BNO NEWS RADIO


Listen to "BNO News - Breaking News Radio" on Spreaker.




SIGN-UP BREAKING ALERTS



Just want the important news? Sign up now for the fastest email alerts from BNO News. Click here to get started!




LIVE WIRE


Gunmen storm Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, take hostages

WATCH LIVE: Police provide update on Las Vegas massacre

Strong earthquake hits the Gulf of California, no tsunami alert

North Dakota Blue Alert: Ulises Villalobos wanted in Bismarck

13 siblings held captive at California home, parents arrested





VIDEOS


West Virginia Amber Alert: Nicole Hall abducted from Lewisburg

Key Virginia House race ends in tie, to be determined at random

U.S. FCC votes to repeal net neutrality rules

Rock star Johnny Hallyday, the ‘French Elvis,’ dead at 74

Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, move embassy