Terror attack on London Bridge leaves 6 dead; police shoot 3

More than 30 victims are being treated at London hospitals and a number of others suffered less serious injuries.

Six people were killed and more than 40 people were injured and treated at hospitals after attackers used a van to barrel into pedestrians on London Bridge, then attacked people in bars and restaurants nearby with knives on Saturday.

The three men then jumped out of the vehicle and began stabbing people at random.

"The suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later established to be hoaxes", Britain's head of counter-terrorism Mark Rowley said.

The attack comes less than three months after an attacker ran down people with a vehicle on Westminster Bridge, killing four, then stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament.

Gerard Vowls, 47, told The Guardian newspaper he saw a woman being stabbed by three men at the south end of London Bridge.

Police said they fired shots after reports of stabbings in the nearby Borough Market area, and that they were also responding to an incident in the Vauxhall area further west, but gave no immediate details.

It also sparked harrowing memories of an attack on Westminster Bridge when 52-year-old British Muslim convert Khalid Masood rammed his auto into pedestrians before crashing into the barriers surrounding parliament and then stabbing a police officer to death.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan called it "a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners".

A witness told CNN two men had entered a restaurant in the Borough Market area near London Bridge and stabbed two people inside.

London's Metropolitan Police said they first responded to the bridge at 10:08 p.m. (5:08 p.m. ET). "Evil, evil people", he told the newspaper. "I could see the van coming up the road".

On the street, a white van had swerved and hit several pedestrians in the South side of London Bridge.

Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, said: "Tonight's horrific incidents in London remind us how much we owe our emergency services".

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Transport for London (TfL) said London Bridge had been closed in both directions, while neighbouring Southwark Bridge has also been shut. Poor girl. I just saw her bounce up in the air."There must have been about five or six people on the ground, they must have been seriously injured".

He described the incidents as "brutal" terror attacks. Other eyewitnesses reported a shooting at the Borough Market. And police say that there have been stabbing incidents there and that they've sent in armed officers to address that.

"As we await details of multiple attacks, the United States must stand ready to help our ally track down the perpetrators and swiftly bring them to justice", he said.

BBC reporter Holly Jones, who was there at the time of the incident, said she saw a van driven by a man travelling "at about 50 miles (80 kilometres) an hour".

It was the third terror attack to strike the United Kingdom this year, after a man drove a vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in March and the bomb attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester two weeks ago.

Britain is on high alert only 12 days after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert in Manchester, northwest England and ahead of Thursday's general election, in which security is a major theme.

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