Six killed in terror attacks in London, 3 suspects shot dead

British Prime Minister Theresa May released a statement on the situation, and said it is being treated as potential act of terrorism.

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

BBC reporter Holly Jones, who was on the bridge, said she saw a van driven by a man and "probably traveling at about 50 miles an hour".

The incident on Saturday started shortly after 10pm when a van swerved off the road on London Bridge into a crowd of pedestrians, police said.

Emergency services were seen treating people lying injured at the junction of Thrale Street and Southwark Street, near Borough Market.

British Transport Police say that one of its officers was seriously injured in the incident.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said: "Armed officers responded very quickly and bravely, confronting three male suspects who were shot and killed in Borough Market".

Witnesses reported seeing injured people on the ground on the bridge. And then there were another four or five bodies that I saw, individuals lying again in many cases majority were still on the bridge.

Police are classifying the two incidents as "terrorist incidents". The three attackers reportedly jumped out of the van and went on a stabbing spree at the scene and in the nearby Borough Market.

- U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted: "Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U.K., we will be there - WE ARE WITH YOU".

England has been under heightened alert since a bomb was detonated at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester nearly two weeks ago, killing 22 and wounding more than 100 as they left the venue. 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.

Multiple witnesses reported a vehicle veering off the road and hitting several pedestrians; others also said they saw at least one man with a large knife.

"Attacks in London are shocking and anguishing. GOD BLESS!" Trump said in one of two tweets. The police have cordoned off the area and ambulances have been brought in. Reuters television pictures showed dozens of emergency vehicles in the area around London Bridge.

There was also a stabbing in the Vauxhall area of London, but police said that was unrelated to the terror attacks.

The London attacks took place as police in Manchester continue their investigation into the Manchester terror attacks.

  • Larry Hoffman