7 Dead in London Attacks; 3 Suspects Killed

A van drove into pedestrians on London Bridge, then nearby stabbings
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 3, 2017 4:50 PM CDT
Updated Jun 4, 2017 12:07 AM CDT
People run down Borough High Street in London.   (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
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(Newser) – Police say at least seven people are dead in a terrorist attack on and near London Bridge, per the AP. Another 20 were injured. Police say they shot and killed three suspects and don't believe any others are at large, reports the BBC.

  • Authorities say a speeding van deliberately drove into pedestrians on London Bridge, about 10pm local time.
  • Police say the vehicle continued on into Borough Market, a neighborhood filled with restaurants and bars, where three men in the van got out and began stabbing people.
  • Police say the suspects were wearing what appeared to be suicide-bomb vests, but the vests turned out to be hoaxes.
  • Another incident, in the Vauxhall area of London, turned out to be an unrelated stabbing.
  • Prime Minister Theresa May said that "following updates from police and security officials, I can confirm that the terrible incident in London is being treated as a potential act of terrorism."

  • President Trump tweeted his support: "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!" Prior to that tweet, as the events were unfolding, he tweeted about the need for a travel ban: "We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety," notes Politico.
  • Britain's terror threat had recently been lowered from "critical" after a bombing killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
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