May: London incident 'potential act of terrorism'

At 00.25 a.m. BST (7.25 p.m. ET), police announced the two incidents at London Bridge and Borough Market were "terrorist incidents".

Witnesses have reported seeing people hit by a vehicle on London Bridge.

It later emerged that three suspects had then left the vehicle, believed to be a hired van, and started to attack people at random in the street with knives.

INCIDENT ONE - London Bridge - Metropolitan Police officers responded to reports of a van veering into pedestrians. He was seriously injured, although his life is not in danger. Metropolitan police assistant commissioner Mark Rowley said the men were dead eight minutes after the first emergency call was received. Police are searching for three suspects, the BBC says.

SAS troops used to carrying out raids following the Manchester bombing are said to have joined police in the massive manhunt for the missing terrorists.

"We are reviewing and planning to strengthen our policing stance across London over the forthcoming days, and there will be additional police and officers deployed across the capital", Rowley concluded.

The BBC reported that some people may also have been stabbed after the intentional bridge attack, which sent scores of bystanders fleeing for safety and shut down at least two busy subway stations.

As the incident unfolded, police warned residents to run or hide from any potential threats.

"Sadly, six people have died in addition to the three attackers shot by police", he said.

We are dealing with an incident on #LondonBridge, when we have more information we will update this twitter feed.

Officers are now responding to a third incident in Vauxhall, less than a mile from London Bridge. Today's attacks came just days ahead of the United Kingdom general election to be held on June 8.

Downing Street says May will chair a meeting of the government's emergency response committee on Sunday. "We have also treated a number of people at the scene for less serious injuries".

While details are still coming in, it appeared there were two separate incidents.

"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". That witness said the van hit five to six people.

On March 22, three people were killed and at least 29 were hurt when a driver struck pedestrians on Westminster Bridge near Parliament.

  • Leroy Wright