This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
A van attack at London Bridge and stabbings at nearby Borough Market have claimed the lives of seven people, and injured almost 50 people. The three attackers are also dead, shot by police. The police are treating the attack as terrorism but have not yet said on what basis this claim is being made nor released the identities of the attackers. A third incident that took place at the same time, a stabbing at Vauxhall, was unrelated, police later said.
Late on the evening of June 3, a white van swerved off the road on London bridge and hit several pedestrians. BBC reporter Holly Jones, who was at the scene, said that the van was “probably traveling at about 50 miles [80 km] an hour” when it hit five to six people, some in front of and some behind her. Another eyewitness, Mark Roberts, told CNN that one person was hit “about 20 feet in the air.” Jones also said that she saw a man being arrested shortly afterward.
Shortly afterward, there were reports of multiple stab wounds in Borough Market, which is just next to the bridge. It appears that the attackers got out of the van from the bridge and stabbed people in the market area. Police also responded to stabbing at Vauxhall, about three miles away along the south bank of the River Thames, which was unrelated.
Early Sunday morning (June 4) police said seven people, not six, had died. The London Bridge incident, which comes a few days ahead the general election on June 8, is reminiscent of the attack in March in which a man drove a car along Westminster Bridge, next to Parliament, deliberately ramming pedestrians and cyclists. Four of them were killed, and police shot the driver dead. The attacker had sent a WhatsApp message claiming jihadist motives. On May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured more than 100 at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Both men were British Muslims, and in both cases ISIL claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Eshe Nelson contributed reporting.