t least seven people have been killed and 48 injured in central London after attackers drove a van into pedestrians before stabbing others nearby.
The vehicle was driven at high speed into people on London Bridge just after 10pm on Saturday and then continued to Borough Market.
There, the attackers, reportedly armed with foot-long knives, jumped out of the white van and stabbed people, including a British Transport Police officer who has serious but not life-threatening injuries to his face, head and leg.
Within eight minutes, armed police confronted three male attackers, shooting them dead in Borough Market.
Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick condemned the atrocity as “appalling” and “ghastly”. She said police believe all attackers had been “neutralised”.
Referring to the speed with which officers were able to respond to the incident – in just eight minutes – she said: “We were already at a very high level of alertness.
“Severe means that an attack is highly likely and the threat level was at severe. We were prepared potentially for an incident as we have been for some considerable time.”
Appealing to Londoners and visitors “to remain calm, be very vigilant”, she also warned: “The last thing we need is people overreacting or take out there frustrations on other people in other communities”.
Asking people to contact police if they see anything out of the ordinary, even if insignificant, she said where possible “people should carry on with their normal lives”.
The injured were taken to five hospitals across London, according to the city’s ambulance service. More were treated at the scene for less serious injuries.
Source: Sky News