Theresa May Calls London Attacks As 'Potential Act Of Terrorism'

A witness said they were in the front of Elliot's when a large group of people started running up the street from Borough Market.

BBC reporter Holly Jones was at the bridge when the incident happened, and was told by an injured French woman that she did not know where the two people who had been with her were.

Witnesses said the attackers stabbed people in the street and in pubs and restaurants in Borough Market.

The officer was on duty and one of the first on the scene when he was injured during the terrorist incident in London Bridge and Borough Market on Saturday night. "But these were later established to hoaxes".

"I saw this van going left and right, left and right, trying to catch as many people as he could". A girl said, "They're stabbing everyone".

Unconfirmed reports were coming at the third incident allegedly occurred when a stabbing was reported at Vauxhall, but this is not connected to the events around London Bridge.

Armed police were on the scene within minutes of first reports of the attack at 10.08pm local time. Three men then launched a frenzied knife attack in the nearby Borough Market. "I froze beacause I didn't know what to do", Mark Roberts, 53, a management consultant, told Reuters.

Eyewitnesses told BBC home affairs correspondent Tom Symonds they saw people getting out of the van after the attack on the bridge and running towards Borough Market.

"They were stabbing people ..."

The situation is still unfolding and I would ask all Londoners and visitors to our city to remain calm and vigilant.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who is due to hold an emergency cabinet meeting on Sunday, confirmed the "terrible incident in London" was being treated as "a potential act of terrorism". "Thank you to the emergency services". "We condemn them. My thoughts are with families of the deceased and prayers with the injured", Modi tweeted soon after his return from a four-nation Europe tour where the fight against terrorism formed a major part of his agenda.

The Royal Oak pub, near the area of the attacks, opened its doors to people evacuated from hotels.

Islamic State, losing territory in Syria and Iraq to an advance backed by a U.S-led coalition, sent out a call on instant messaging service Telegram early on Saturday urging its followers to launch attacks with trucks, knives and guns against "Crusaders" during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. At least one taxi company offered free rides to people stranded in the area.

The attack comes nearly two weeks after 22 people died in a suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester. After that attack, Britain's official threat level from terrorism was raised to "critical", meaning an attack may be imminent.

"Attacks in London are shocking and anguishing". It was reduced to "severe", which means an attack is highly likely, on May 27.

In March, a knife-wielding man plowed a vehicle into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge and later stabbed a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament.

She tweeted: "Praying for London".

  • Leroy Wright