Campaigning halts as Londoners offer help following the attack, which has killed sevenby Stephanie Boland / June 4, 2017 / Leave a comment
A suspected terrorist attack in London last night has killed at least seven people with over 40 others injured.
Mark Rowley, Assistant Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said in a statement that a vehicle struck pedestrians on London Bridge shortly after 10 pm before continuing to Borough Market. The area, lined with restaurants and bars, is a busy destination for tourists and locals alike.
Holly Jones is a BBC reporter who was at the scene. She described a white van “speeding” down London Bridge at “probably about 50mph”, before it “veered off the road into the crowds of people who were walking along the pavement.”
“[It] swerved right around me and then hit about five or six people.”
The suspects then left the vehicle and stabbed a number of people, including a member of the British Transport Police who was responding to the incident. Armed officers attended quickly and the three suspects were shot and killed within eight minutes of the first call.
“This was a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners” —London Mayor Sadiq Khan
Although the incidents are being treated by many sources as separate, London Bridge and Borough Market are contiguous. Reports of a further incident, in Vauxhall, turned out to be unrelated to the attack.
Rowley urges anyone who may have images or film of the incident to pass them on to the police.
A helpline has been set up for those concerned about their loved ones on 0800 0961 233.
Eyewitnesses spoke of men with 12-inch knives seemingly “stabbing people at random”. Police evacuated the era, using the “run, hide, tell” formula—which quickly spread on social media—to instruct the public.
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— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 3, 2017
BBC journalist Mark Lobel has posted an interview with an eyewitness named Gerard, who described the suspects stabbing a girl in front of him. “I was defenceless,” he said. “They started running up the road, and I was shouting ‘everybody run, it’s terrorists’.”
“They were running up, saying ‘this is for Allah’, and stabbing this girl… I tried to do everything to stop them but I could not get them away from her.”
“They ran up to a pub—I think it was the Tavern—and stabbed the bouncer. We…