Police appeal for photos and video of London terror attack
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 11:39
The London Bridge has been evacuated after several people are reportedly mowed down by a auto in what has been confirmed as a terrorist attack with "multiple casualties". "Our thoughts are with those who are caught up in these awful events".
The attacks come days ahead of a June 8 election and less than two weeks after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a pop concert by US singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.
A speeding van ploughed into pedestrians before three attackers began stabbing people.
At 2.13 a.m. BST (9.13 p.m. ET), London Ambulance announced that at least 20 people were taken to six hospitals in the capital. The suspects then left the vehicle and a number of people were stabbed at nearby Borough Market, known for its restaurants and bars.
Another witness, Liam Connell who was in Katzenjammers Bierhall in Southwark Street, said he saw a man come in off the street saying he had been stabbed in the neck. During that event, Khalid Masood killed four people and injured dozens more while driving into a crowd of pedestrians.
The Blue Thunder squad, comprising 70 personnel, was flown in from their Hereford headquarters to join the hunt on Saturday night, reported The Sun.
The photographer who snapped the startling image of a man with canisters strapped to his chest lying motionless on a London street says he thought the vest was "a toy".
There was also a stabbing in the Vauxhall area of London, but police said that was unrelated to the terror attacks. The mayor of London Sadiq Khan condemned the attack and said his feelings are with the victims.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the incidents are being treated as a "potential act of terrorism". One, Holly Jones, told the BBC a white van veered off the road and struck as many as six people. "As I was thinking. which direction should I run, the van swerved across the other side of the bridge from me". Witness Peter Joshuas told NBC News he was just exiting the bridge when he heard screams and people shouting, and people running in confusion.
Similar attacks, in Berlin, Nice, Brussels and Paris, have been carried out by militants over the past two years.
Police responding to multiple incidents near London Bridge. More than 30 injured people were taken to hospital.
Several witnesses also reported hearing gunshots.