POLICE have shot dead three terror attack suspects wearing fake suicide vests after a van ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge followed by multiple stabbings in nearby Borough Market.
The London attacks occurred less than a week after the UK’s national threat level was lowered from ‘critical’ following the Manchester arena bomb in which 22 people died.
At 22:08 officers first responded to reports of ‘a vehicle in collision with pedestrians on London Bridge’.
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said: “Armed officers responded very quickly and bravely, confronting three male suspects who were shot and killed in Borough Market.
“The suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later established to be hoaxes.”
He added: “We believe three people were involved but we still have some more inquiries to be 100% confident of that.”
At least 30 victims were taken to five hospitals across London, according to the ambulance service.
Prime Minister Theresa May said the “terrible incident” was being treated as a “potential act of terrorism”.
She has returned to Downing Street for security briefings and will chair a meeting of the Government’s emergency response committee – Cobra – today.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “We don’t yet know the full details but this was a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners and visitors to our city enjoying their Saturday night. I condemn it in the strongest possible terms.
“There is no justification whatsoever for such barbaric acts.”
— Diloram (@dilaweber) 3 June 2017