Armed British police officers are now guarding the London Bridge after a man in a white van plowed through 20 people. At the same time, two men entered a restaurant across from the bridge and went on a stabbing spree at Borough Market. Ten people are dead, seven civilians and three suspects.
Update (6/5/2017, 2:46 A.M. EST): Canadian citizen Chrissy Archibald is the first victim identified in the attack.
Update (6/4/2017, 6:32 P.M. EST): The terrorist group known as the Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for these attacks.
Update (6/3/2017, 11:09 P.M. EST): Ten people have died as a result of the twin terror attack in London. Seven civilians were killed, while the three terror suspects died by gunfire. At least 48 people have been taken to a hospital to treat their injuries, 21 of those victims are currently in critical condition. Meanwhile, three suspects have been shot dead by police.
A witness reports seeing a van roll up on the pavement, hitting as many as six people. But a later report bumped that number up to 20 victims plowed down. This all went down at about 10:30 P.M. Saturday evening at the London Bridge.
BBC Reporter Holly Jones said she saw a man without a shirt being arrested on the scene. Here is a video of police moving in on the suspect. Police have successfully apprehended the man.
“We are dealing with an incident on #LondonBridge, when we have more information we will update this twitter feed,” the Metropolitan Police Department tweeted late Saturday.
Officers could be seen pulling people out of diners, bars, and restaurants and instructing them to run.
The bridge has been closed down until further notice. The London Bridge Station has been evacuated.
Let’s hear from the witnesses
“I was walking out of the London Bridge station and there were police,” Caroline Breniere said. “Some of them were coming by car, some of them were running. The traffic was stopped.”
Another witness had just exited a bar with his friends when he saw the aftermath of terror.
“We finished drinking at a bar and we came out onto the road and I looked to my left and there was a guy, we thought he was just drunk, he was lying on the floor,” the man told Sky News. “A couple seconds later, about three police vans flew past. The guys who were with the guy that was on the floor managed to flag one of the police vans down. One of the officers jumped out and started attending to the guy on the floor.”
BBC reporter Holly Jones was on the bridge when she saw a man in a van driving at “probably travelling at about 50 miles an hour. 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,” Ms Jones told the BBC News Channel.”
The BBC reporter saw five or six people being treated for their injuries. “I’d say there are about four severely injured people. They all have paramedics assisting them at the moment.”
How did US President Donald Trump respond to this twin terror attack?
Trump pledged his support to the United Kingdom. The 45th US President said, “Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U. K., we will be there – WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!”
The Donald praised the travel ban policy, saying “We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!”