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Saturday, June 3

"Police dealing with 'incidents' at London Bridge, Borough Market, Vauxhall" UPDATED 8:20pm, 9 PM ET

UPDATE 8:20 PM 
The Met Police announced shortly after midnight London time that the London Bridge and Borough Market incidents were related terrorist attacks but the third incident, apparently a stabbing in the Vauxhall area, was not related.

9:00 PM
From an 8 PM local CBS (US) report citing CNN/CBS/AP reports, one witness of the London Bridge incident said the attackers were yelling, “This is for Allah.”
END UPDATE 

Situations still developing. The first report here, from ABC News (US) includes a BBC reporter's eyewitness account of the incident on London Bridge; the second report, from The Sun (UK), makes it clear the London Bridge 'incident' was a terrorist attack:

By DEAN SCHABNER
Jun 3, 2017, 6:45 PM ET
ABC News

London police said tonight they were dealing with three incidents: reports of a vehicle plowing into pedestrians on London Bridge, stabbings at Borough Market and another incident in the Vauxhall area.

The London Ambulance Service tweeted: "Multiple resources attending an incident at #LondonBridge, please avoid the area." Transport for London also tweeted that the bridge was closed in both directions due to a "major incident."

Metropolitan Police also reported that they responded to a reports of stabbings in Borough Market, and after officers responded "shots have been fired."

Police also reported an unspecified incident at Vauxhall.

London Bridge is normally crowded on Saturday nights, and Borough Market is a popular area packed with bars and restaurants a short distance from the bridge.

Downing Street has said that United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May is in contact with officials and is being updated on London Bridge incident.

BBC reporter Holly Jones, who was on the bridge at the time, told the network several people were hurt after a white van swerved and hit a crowd of people while it was crossing London Bridge.

"A white van driver came speeding -- probably about 50 mph -- veered off the road into the crowds of people who were walking along the pavement," she told BBC News. 

"He swerved right round me and then hit about five or six people. He hit about two people in front of me and then three behind. I'd say there are about four severely injured people. They all have paramedics assisting them at the moment."

She said there were about four people severely injured and that some 20 armed police officers on the scene.

People in the area tweeted video and images of the scene, showing police responding and injured people being treated.

[END ABC REPORT]

The Sun

London Bridge attack: Terror incident leaves up to seven feared dead after van ploughs into pedestrians ‘before three men with hunting knives jump out and start stabbing people’

Police 'gun down two attackers' with incidents in Borough Market and Vauxhall
By Mark Hodge and Neal Baker
3rd June 2017, 11:45 pm
Updated: 4th June 2017, 12:12 am
The Sun
 [includes several photographs]

THREE terrorists drove a van into pedestrians at 50mph on London Bridge before attacking revellers with hunting knives.

Up to seven people were feared dead and 20 hurt in the 10pm attack – amid a second ‘attack’ at nearby Borough Market which armed police are responding to.

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed a third incident in the Vauxhall area after tweeting “you must run, hide and tell.”

Shots have been fired in the London Bridge area as armed cops were believed to have shot dead two of the men, with a search underway for the third man.

Terrified people have fled while one officer is said to have been "seriously injured" as "multiple" casualties have been confirmed by British Transport Police.

Eye witnesses confirm that several bodies are "strewn on the ground" and people are receiving CPR after being randomly stabbed by "two to three men armed 12 inch long knives."

A bomb squad has reportedly arrived on the scene.

Several gunshots have been fired amid the ensuing chaos.

A Sun journalist at the scene tweeted that he saw one man being led away by police in cuffs.

The white van which reportedly crashed into pedestrians was said to be travelling at around 50mph.

A cab driver told The Sun that he was stuck at traffic lights when he saw a transit van smash into London Bridge.

He heard gunshots and says a police was hurt.

Casualties were seen being taken away from Tito’s restaurant on London Bridge Street with blood on the steps of the eatery.

In horrifying footage taken from the scene, police can be heard shouting "clear the area, now" while screaming people can be seen running in fear for their lives.

One terrified woman said she was at a restaurant and police swarmed on the area.

She said police were firing weapons. "We had to run," "There was loads of shooting."

Officers were seen dragging startled diners and revellers out of restaurants and bars and telling them to run.

A witness named Martin said: "There's been about eight of them stabbed. I ran up to see if they were all right but people were already with them. I was bloody terrified

"I thought is that real? If we had of been on the other side of the road, it could have been us."

A number of train stations have been closed in the capital including London Bridge, Waterloo East, London Charing Cross and London Cannon Street.

A Downing Street spokesman said: "The Prime Minister is in contact with officials and is being regularly updated on the incident at London Bridge."

An eye-witness who was standing with his wife at the entrance of London Bridge underground station described the attacker and how he "coldly" attacked a man.

"We saw people running away and then I saw a man with quite a large blade, at least 10-inches, stabbing a man three times.

"He was stabbing him quite coldly, and then the victim slumped to the ground."

Describing the attacker, he said: "I think he was black, dark-skinned, red tracksuit on, with a red hoodie.

"He walked quite boldly along with another guy in the direction of the Southwark Tavern pub.

"Glass bottles and tables were thrown at them, and then we heard gunshots."


[END REPORT]
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Yet another incident.
 
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