Canadians in London urged to exercise caution in wake of bridge attack

A number of people were treated at the scene for less serious injuries. At 4 a.m. BST (11 p.m. ET) London Metrpolitan Police confirmed that six people had died, and that police had shot three attackers dead. All of the attackers are believed dead but the incidents are still under investigation, police said.

Police initially responded to what they called an "incident" at London Bridge, and when officers continued to a stabbing at Borough Market, reported shots were fired.

The trio wore what looked like suicide vests which turned out to be "hoaxes", said Mark Rowley, head of counter-terrorism policing.

The attack comes five days before the United Kingdom is due to hold a General Election, and two weeks after the terrorist bombing in Manchester that left 22 people dead. "I immediately thought this was the Westminster attack all over again".

The BBC showed a photograph of two possible attackers shot by police, one of whom had canisters strapped to his body.

In the hours following the attack, bursts of gunfire echoed through the streets - likely from armed police - and at least three blasts rang out as police performed a series of controlled explosions.

The London Ambulance Service said that at least 20 people were being treated across London following the terror incident. Guy's Hospital, near London Bridge, was placed on lockdown "due to the ongoing incident in central keep patients, relatives and staff safe", it said in a statement.

Witnesses said that the attackers were running into pubs in Borough Market to stab at the patrons inside, using long-bladed knives.

A Reuters reporter near the scene said she saw 10 police cars rushing towards London Bridge.

"I want to say this though, the emergency services reacted heroically and brilliantly last night".

The British Transport Police said one of its officers was seriously injured after being stabbed as he responded to the incident, but his condition was not said to be life- threatening.

--London mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the "barbaric" and "horrific" attack as "deliberate and cowardly".

"There will be additional police and officers deployed across the Capital", Assistant Commissioner Rowley said.

One witness told Reuters that she saw what appeared to be three people with knife wounds and possibly their throats cut at London Bridge.

London Bridge is closed in both directions and the London Bridge rail station has also been closed.

US President Donald Trump has also been informed, his press secretary announced.

"Then we heard three gunshots, definitely gunshots, and we ran".

After the attacks, the Twitterati kept its calm and stood united for the terror attack victims and advised people not to promote hate at at time when people were still in shock!

The prime minister said: "Following updates from police and security officials, I can confirm that the bad incident in London is being treated as a potential act of terrorism".

The top-level security briefing involves a discussion across departments which are created to respond to national emergencies.

According to media reports, the police and ambulances were alerted at 8:08 pm (BST) to reports that a van had hit people on London bridge.

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