Robert Harneis -TDO- (FRANCE) Six people have been killed and at least 50 injured, many of them stabbed, following a terrorist attack at two sites in London - London Bridge and nearby Borough Market.
A van drove off the road into pedestrians on the bridge and two separate eye witnesses told the BBC that they saw men stabbing people in both sites, and heard them shouting: "This is for Allah".
The three attackers were shot and killed, dying within eight minutes of the first call, according to the police. Police said that they believe there are no more attackers at liberty.
Shortly after the attack it was reported that elements of the Special Air Service Regiment landed by helicopter on the bridge.
Two of the victims are reported to be French citizens.
In the early hours of the morning Metropolitan Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley summarized events saying they first received calls at 22:08 pm on Saturday night, when bystanders said that a white van rammed into a group of civilians on London Bridge, before crashing into a railing near Borough Market.
“The suspects then left the vehicle and a number of people were stabbed, including an on-duty British Transport Police officer who was responding to the incident at London Bridge. He received serious but not life-threatening injuries.” He added “Armed officers responded very quickly and bravely, confronting three male suspects who were shot and killed in Borough Market. The suspects had been confronted and shot by the police within eight minutes of the first call. The suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later established to be hoaxes,”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that 2017 general election should not be postponed. “I’m not an advocate of postponing the election. I’m a passionate believer in democracy and making sure that we vote and we recognize actually that one of the things these terrorists hate is voting; they hate democracy” he said. According to Khan, the official threat level remained at severe, but he urged people not to panic. “One of the things that we can do is show that we aren’t going to be cowed, is by voting on Thursday and making sure that we understand the importance of our democracy, our civil liberties and our human rights.”
The attack comes four days before the parliamentary election. It is the third attack in three months and the second after the Manchester suicide bombing. The election campaign has again been suspended.