London under attack: Police confirm two of three as ‘terrorist incidents’

Police attend to an incident near London Bridge in London, Britain, June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall

London was rocked by three incidents tonight with three of them being declared by the U.K. Metropolitan Police as “terrorist incidents.” These attacks took place at London Bridge and the Borough Market. The third incident of stabbing at Vauxhall is not connected to the other two incidents, the police said.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed the developments in a series of tweets.

At the London bridge, witnesses said a van was reported to have swerved onto the pavement and there have been unconfirmed reports of gunfire.

At Borough Market, where there are reports of multiple stabbings, people were forced to take cover under the tables in a resturant as a man entered and stabbed two people.

The Metropolitan Police tweeted, advising people to “run, hide and tell.”

Armed police and emergency vehicles were dispatched to the London Bridge, where there were unconfirmed reports of bodies lying on the ground.

The London Bridge station has been closed “at the request of police” following what has been described as a “major police incident”.

Minutes after a van mowed down a number of pedestrians on the London Bridge, injuring several, it was reported that two other simultaneous terror attacks took place at the Borough Market and Vauxhall here.

The police are currently responding to these incidents across parts of the city.

The Met Police said on Twitter: “We are dealing with an incident on London Bridge, when we have more information we will update this Twitter feed.”

England has been on the edge since May 22, when a suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.

Earlier on March 24, London was struck by a terror attack that killed four people and left dozens injured in the city’s deadliest attack in over a decade. 52-year-old Khalid Masood mowed down people injuring 40 on the Westminster Bridge in a terror attack on London and stabbed a police officer to death as he tried to enter the U.K. Parliament.

The Muslim terror group ISIS had claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that a “soldier of the caliphate” carried out the atrocity in Westminster.

The terror organisation said that the attacker followed a call to attack civilians and security forces in countries allied to the U.S.-led coalition bombing the ISIS territories in Syria and Iraq.


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