Terror returns to London, six killed in attack

According to the London Ambulance Service, at least 20 people have been taken to six hospitals following the London Bridge incident.

Mark Rowley, head of counter-terrorism for Metropolitan Police, said police believe all of the attackers were killed, but investigations are underway to ensure there are no more.

The Metro Police said three attackers had been shot and killed within eight minutes of the first emergency call.

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".

She will hold an emergency ministerial meeting later on Sunday and Facebook has activated its safety check function for people in London to let their loved ones know they are safe.

On Saturday evening, the London Metropolitan Police Service responded to what the BBC initially called a "major incident" on London Bridge, which may have blossomed into a multi-site attack (although details remain scarce on whether the incidents are connected).

Police first received reports that a vehicle struck pedestrians on the iconic London Bridge around 10 p.m., Rowley said.

Eyewitnesses have said that at least three men then entered the nearby Borough Market where they launched a brutal knife attack on numerous bystanders. Officials also said one police officer was injured while responding to the London Bridge incident.

"We have been told by police there has been more than one fatality in the incident at London Bridge", the BBC said.

"We saw injured people on the road, injured people on the pavement", witness Will Heaven told Sky News. He turned and saw three men wearing belts or vests with packets around the belly.

Witnesses described a white van veering into pedestrians near London Bridge and knocking over several people.

"They were stabbing people ..." Masood, armed with a knife, then left the vehicle and ran towards Parliament, where he was shot dead by police.

The drivers reportedly got off the van to stab people in the nearby Borough Market area of bars and restaurants.

The U.K. has been the site of deadly terror attacks in recent months.

More recently, 22 victims were killed when suspected suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a device May 22 in the foyer area of the Manchester Arena at the end of a pop concert.

In March, a knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain's seat of power, plowing a auto into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament.

  • Leroy Wright