Update: Incident on London Bridge is an act of terrorism: London Metropolitan Police.
More than one person has died in London Bridge incident.UK police searching for three suspects who may be armed after ‘major incident’ on London Bridge
London: British police rushed to an incident on London Bridge on Saturday night after witnesses said a van ploughed into pedestrians and one woman told Reuters she saw people who may have had their throats cut.
British Transport Police said casualties were reported after an incident that may have involved a van and a knife attack, the BBC said, while the London Ambulance Service said it was sending multiple resources to the incident.
“Officers have then responded to reports of stabbings in Borough Market,” at the south end of the bridge. “Armed officers responded and shots have been fired”.
“Officers are now responding to an incident in the Vauxhall area,” which is also on the south side of the River Thames and home to the MI6 foreign intelligence agency.
Transport for London said the bridge has been closed in both directions due to a “major police incident”. Bus routes were being diverted and the neighbouring Southwark Bridge has also been shut, it added.
One witness told Reuters that she saw what appeared to be three people with knife wounds and possibly their throats cut at London Bridge. Reuters was unable to immediately verify her account.
Another witness told the BBC she saw a speeding white van veering into pedestrians. That witness said the van hit five to six people. Reuters television pictures showed dozens of emergency vehicles in the area around London Bridge.
Several witnesses also reported hearing gunshots. “We were in an Uber (taxi) going towards London Bridge and suddenly we saw people running. The Uber stopped, we asked people what was going on – people said there was shooting,” said Yoann Belmere, 40, a French banker living in London.
London’s transport authority said London Bridge rail station had been closed at the request of the police.
The incident comes days ahead of a June 8 election, with polls suggesting the lead of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party has dropped sharply. It also comes less than two weeks after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a pop concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.
The Manchester bombing on May 22 was the deadliest attack in Britain since July 2005, when four British Muslim suicide bombers killed 52 people in coordinated attacks on London’s transport network.