May: UK in grip of copycat terror attacks

Seven people have died in the terrorist incidents in London and three attackers have been shot dead by police, Scotland Yard said.

And the general election will go ahead as planned on Thursday.

Armed police reacted within minutes and three assailants were shot within eight minutes of the first call to the emergency services. "I saw at least one man stabbed in the chest about five times".

Campaigning has already been suspended as the Prime Minister returns to London to chair a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee.

The suspects are then believed to have exited the van and proceeded on foot towards the nearby area of Borough Market, one of the capital's most popular nightlife spots. "It can only be defeated when we turn people's minds away from this violence and make them understand that our British values are superior to anything offered by the preachers and supporters of hate".

A terrorist gang, reportedly shouting Islamist slogans, ran over pedestrians and then stabbed diners and pub-goers in the London Bridge / Borough Market area of the capital shortly after 10pm. "I froze because I didn't know what to do", Mark Roberts, 53, a management consultant, told Reuters. "That's because they used knives and a truck!"

"We were called at 10.08pm last night initially to reports that a vehicle had struck pedestrians on London Bridge". May said some of those hurt had "life-threatening" conditions.

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said: "Another attack on innocent victims, more grieving families and friends".

But a spokesman for Mr Khan branded the comment "ill-informed" and said the president had deliberately taken out of context remarks made by the mayor to reassure people about the increased police presence in the wake of the attack.

It is the second time the campaign for the June 8 poll has been interrupted by atrocities, following a three-day pause after the suicide bomb attack in Manchester.

She said: "Severe means that an attack is highly likely, and the threat level was at severe".

"Today we are united across borders in horror and mourning, but also in determination", she said. May added that the extremist ideology "is a perversion of Islam and a perversion of the truth".

She repeated calls for global action to combat extremist content online, a message the former interior minister took to the G7 leaders summit last week.

Thirdly, she called for more action in the United Kingdom saying that that there was "far too much tolerance of extremism in our country".

The Scottish National Party (SNP) said it was suspending national campaigning "this morning", adding: "Appropriate local campaigning will continue". Since March 22 these three attacks have killed at least 33 people.

Addressing media outside Scotland Yard, Ms Dick said: "Last night we saw another appalling and tragic incident in London - something we hoped we would not see again". "GOD BLESS!" - and highlighting his thwarted ban on travellers from six mainly Muslim countries.

Several people said they were ordered by police to stay inside pubs and restaurants as the terror raged outside.

A man who gave only his first name, Ben, told BBC radio that he "saw a man in red with a large blade, at a guess 10 inches long, stabbing a man, about three times" near Borough Market.

The trio were pictured wearing what appeared to be explosive vests, with police later confirming they were hoaxes. Australia said two of its citizens were caught up in it and one of them was in the hospital.

The attack had harrowing echoes of the attack on Westminster Bridge in March, when British Muslim convert Khalid Masood rammed his auto into pedestrians before crashing into the barriers surrounding parliament.

After ramming the vehicle into a barrier outside the Houses of Parliament, the driver got out and stabbed a police officer to death.

  • Salvatore Jensen