At least six people were killed and several left injured after a terrorist attack in central London in which three attackers have been shot dead by police. According to media reports, the police and ambulances were alerted at 8:08 pm (BST) to reports that a van had hit people on London bridge.
Later, the armed officers went to the nearby Borough Market after reports of stabbings in the area surfaced, Notably, the entire area is known for its restaurants and bars. London Ambulance Service said at least 20 people have been taken to hospital.
A number of people were treated at the scene for less serious injuries.
The Metropolitan Police tweeted: “At 0025hrs 4/6/17 the incidents at #LondonBridge & #BoroughMarket were declared as terrorist incidents.”
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 3, 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May described the incidents as “dreadful events” and will chair a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergency committee later.
“This was an horrific attack in the heart of our capital city, targeted at people enjoying their evening with friends and family. My thoughts are with the victims and all those affected by this incident,” said Home Secretary Amber Rudd, following the London bridge attack.
After the attacks, the Twitterati kept its calm and stood united for the terror attack victims and advised people not to promote hate at at time when people were still in shock!
Here’s how the Twitter reacted:
To all the Americans trying to promote messages of hate, please stop. We’re Londoners. We stand together, not divided. #LondonBridge
– Tania (@OmgItsTania) June 3, 2017
Spare the racism tonight. Those conducting these horrific attacks don’t belong to anything but their own sadistic minds #LondonBridge
– Jay (@JaynaPatel__) June 3, 2017
To those spreading fear, mistrust, and hatred. Congrats on helping the terrorists with their job #LondonBridge
– faith _ (@QueenPogba) June 3, 2017
#LondonBridge there will be muslim doctors treating the injured tonight, and Muslim police offices trying to protect everyone!!!!
– Emmahh Downing (@EmmaDowning92) June 3, 2017
Proud of our police. Proud of our NHS staff. Proud of every other Briton that doesn’t jump on the anti Muslim bandwagon. <3 #LondonBridge
– Paul Kelly (@PaulAndrewKelly) June 3, 2017
They aren’t muslims they’re extremists. Two completely different types of people. That’s what everyone needs to understand #LondonBridge
– Meg_ (@leviftkilleen) June 3, 2017
The attacks came just over two months after the car-and-knife attack at British Parliament and less than two weeks after the suicide bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester that killed 22 people.
Following the attacks, transportation officials said the busy London Bridge station has been closed at the request of police; two additional stations also were closed.