Two French citizens injured in London attack - President's office

Streets around London Bridge and Borough Market, fashionable districts packed with bars and restaurants, would have been busy with people on a Saturday night out.

Gunfire was also heard.

London's Thames river police said it was working with the lifeboat rescue service to help evacuate people caught up in the attack, described by police as a terrorist incident.

A second incident was reported in London shortly after the bridge incident - multiple stabbings at the nearby Borough Market.

BBC radio said witnesses saw people throwing tables and chairs at the perpetrators of the attack to protect themselves.

Emergency officials said 48 people were treated at London hospitals and a number of others suffered less serious injuries.

Witnesses reported a vehicle hitting pedestrians and injured people on the ground.

I was shouting at everybody, just get away from the area, stay back, just run the other way.

Gerard Vowls told The Guardian newspaper that he saw a woman being stabbed by three men at the south end of London Bridge. There was no official confirmation of reports that one or two suspects were shot as police responded to events but one photograph taken in Borough Market showed two men lying on the ground after being shot.

A taxi driver told the BBC that three men got out of the van with long knives and "went randomly along Borough High Street stabbing people".

He added: "They were running up going "this is for Allah", they ran up and stabbed this girl, I don't know how many times, ten times, maybe 15. I spun the cab round, I was about to ram one of them, but he side-stepped and three police officers came running towards them with their batons drawn".

Men brandishing knives reportedly jumped from a van that crashed near Brindisa restaurant and began stabbing people. Police have said there are casualties in that attack.

Sunday's attacks came just days ahead of the United Kingdom general election to be held on June 8.

In March, Khalid Masood, a British convert to Islam, drove a vehicle into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge and then fatally stabbed a policeman as he breached the perimeter fence of the Palace of Westminster before being shot dead by another officer. "People were trying to help each other", the witness said.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May says the incident is being treated as a "potential act of terrorism". The Muslim Council of Britain condemned the attack as "cowardly and depraved" and Muslim community leaders have also deplored the Manchester outrage.

  • Leroy Wright