Two French citizens injured in London attack: President's office

Pauline Gross
June 4, 2017

The attacks came just five days ahead of a parliamentary election on Thursday.

Forty-eight people were rushed to hospitals in the area, according to the London Ambulance Service.

Armed police on Borough High Street as police deal with a "major incident" at London Bridge.

They then jumped from the vehicle, which was branded with B&Q and auto rental company Hertz, and began stabbing passersby with hunting knives. The emergency calls were quickly followed by reports of multiple stabbings. The threat level is a matter, as you know, for the independent JTAC, the terrorism analysis centre, and they take a whole range of factors into account in setting the threat level. "It was a rampage really", he said, adding that he also heard a shout of: "This is for Allah".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the attack was "a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners and visitors to our city enjoying their Saturday night", adding: "There is no justification whatsoever for such barbaric acts".

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "Following the horrific terrorist attack in the centre of London last night, we are working closely with the UK Government and Police Scotland to monitor the situation".

Less than two weeks ago, a suicide bomber killed 22 people, including children, at a pop concert by US singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.

In the wake of the attack, Britain's main Conservative and Labour parties suspended national campaigning Sunday for this week's general election. Several days later it was lowered again to "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely. Prime Minister Theresa May called an emergency security cabinet session Sunday to deal with the crisis.

"Our thoughts are with those who caught up in these terrible events", May said in a statement.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack to hit Britain and Europe.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement that she learned with "sadness and dismay" of the attack.

"Today, we are united across all borders in horror and sadness, but equally in determination".

A few minutes later Trump tweeted a message of support for Londoners: "Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U. GOD BLESS!" - and highlighting his thwarted ban on travellers from six mainly Muslim countries. The Foreign Ministry also tweeted its condemnation of the attack. Several men then got out of the vehicle and began attacking people with large knives.

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BBC radio said witnesses saw people throwing tables and chairs at the attackers to protect themselves.

Emergency services were seen treating people lying injured at the junction of Thrale Street and Southwark Street, near Borough Market.

"In two or five seconds, they shot all the three men down", Sciotto told the BBC.

The area around London Bridge and Borough Market remained cordoned off, while mainline and underground train stations were closed with no trains stopping.

The three attackers had been wearing what looked like explosive vests that were later found to have been hoaxes.

Social media network, Facebook, activated its "Safety Check" feature on Saturday after the London terror attack. Police officers yelled at people to run from the area.

At around 10 p.m., a van veered off the road on the iconic London Bridge crossing the River Thames, colliding with pedestrians and sending bystanders fleeing.

Witness Gerard Vowls told The Guardian newspaper that he saw a woman being stabbed by three men at the south end of London Bridge as the assault developed.

"A man suddenly appeared in the restaurant with a massive knife ... He came down the stairs and went to the bar", Dee, 26, who was visibly in shock and declined to give her last name, told AFP.

"It appeared that her throat had been cut", he told the BBC.

A witness told CNN two men had entered a restaurant in the Borough Market area and stabbed two people inside.

Witnesses said people ran into a bar to seek shelter.

People speak with police officers after an incident near London Bridge in London, Britain June 4, 2017.

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