Six people have been killed in a terror attack in central London in which three assailants were shot dead by police, Scotland Yard has said. A white van hit several pedestrians on London Bridge at about 22:00 BST before apparently crashing into railings.
Three men then left the vehicle and stabbed a number of people in Borough Market, south of the bridge, an area known for its restaurants and bars. Armed officers confronted and shot the suspects within eight minutes. London Ambulance Service said 48 people have been taken to five hospitals.
One of the injured is an officer from British Transport Police who was stabbed after responding to the incident. His condition is serious, but not life-threatening.
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said: “The suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later established to be hoaxes.”
He said it was currently believed there were only three attackers involved. “We are treating this as a terrorist incident and a full investigation is already under way,” he added.
The incident is the third terror attack in the UK in three months following the car and knife attack in Westminster in March, which left five people dead, and the Manchester bombing less than two weeks ago, in which 22 people were killed.