Monday, 09 December, 2019

London Mayor Extends Condolences Following 2 Terror Incidents in City

Christy Curtis | 04 June, 2017, 06:23

British police say they are responding to a series of major incidents in London including a van veering off London Bridge and striking pedestrians and a knife attack at nearby Borough Market. The attacker was gunned down by a police officer.

She said it was a fast-moving investigation and her thoughts were with "those who are caught up in these terrible events".

A third incident in Vauxhall was also being dealt with as police warned Londoners in the affected areas to stay indoors.

There has been an incident on London Bridge, London's Metropolitan Police said Saturday night.

Social media giant Facebook has activated its safety check feature for what it is calling "The Attack in London, United Kingdom".

The first attack involved a van mowing down pedestrians on London Bridge.

The attacks happened on a busy Saturday night at about 10pm as in popular areas, crowded with people.

Witnesses have said that armed police have headed to the scene following reports of a white van mounting the pavement before driving into people.

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Witnesses reported that a white van was travelling fast - about 80km/h - when it mounted the sidewalk and ploughed into a group of people crossing the Thames River on foot. According to the Associated Press, a van struck multiple people on the bridge in a hit-and-run incident and "witnesses also reported seeing people being stabbed by at least one man". Police told NBC News the incident involved firearms, a auto and knives. Armed officers responded and shots were fired.

Police say a hit-and-run and stabbings on and near London Bridge have been officially declared a "terrorist incident". They are warning people to avoid these areas if they can, and to run and hide if they cannot.

The incidents in London come less than two weeks after 22 people were killed in the northern city of Manchester when a suicide-bomber detonated explosives as fans were leaving a concert by pop singer Ariana Grande. In March, four people were killed in London after Khalid Masood rammed his auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before fatally stabbing a policeman outside the Houses of Parliament.

Several people were stabbed in pubs and restaurants during the terrorist attack in London Bridge as revellers bravely fought off attackers with chairs and glasses. "The Uber stopped, we asked people what was going on - people said there was shooting", said Yoann Belmere, 40, a French banker living in London.

I saw this van going left and right trying to hit as many people as he could.

Another witness, Tony Murphy, who described himself as ex-military, told the news channel he had heard "significant" and "rapid" gunfire.

The bridge is closed in both directions, authorities say.

'Officers have then responded to reports of stabbings in Borough Market, ' at the south end of the bridge.

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