LONDON // Terror struck at the heart of London for the second time in less than three months on Saturday night when six deaths and many injuries were caused in coordinated attacks involving a careering white van that mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge and random stabbings there and in a busy nearby street.
Early reports suggested that at least three men leapt from the van after it had knocked down several people and then used long knives to attack passers-by on the south side of the bridge and in Borough Market, an area dotted with pubs and restaurants popular among Londoners and tourists alike.
Gunfire was also heard. 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. One was motionless but the other man, who had what resembled canisters strapped to his body, was clearly alive.
The Daily Mail newspaper’s website reported that seven people had been killed by attackers shouting “this is for Allah” and that related incidents had occurred at two other central London locations. The Mail said five men in all took part in the attacks and that as the area of the follow-up police operation expanded, 50 officers with dogs had stormed a neighbouring Tube station, Monument.
Armed police were on the scene within minutes and footage distributed on social media showed officers confronting a shouting, agitated man. In other film, police were seen entering bars in Borough Market and yelling at customers to drop to the floor for their own safety. Several people had reportedly been stabbed as attackers went from bar to bar and attacked people in the street.
Source: News Now/The National/Associated Press