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What we know about the London attacks

There are reports of incidents on London Bridge, Borough Market and Vauxhall. Here is what we know so far

  • Six people have been killed during attacks in two closely connected areas of London on Saturday night which police have described as terrorist incidents.
  • Three suspected attackers have also been shot dead by police.
  • The incidents took place on London Bridge and in nearby Borough Market.
  • There were multiple casualties in addition to the fatalities with London Ambulance Service saying they have taken at least 30 people to five hospitals in the capital.
  • Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation hospital said it was on lockdown to keep patients, relatives and staff safe.
  • The first report of an incident was of a white van ploughing into pedestrians on London Bridge at about 10.08pm.
  • Witnesses said the van swerved on to the pavement.
  • Police say the van continued onto Borough Market where there have been reports of multiple stabbing.

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  • Pictures have been circulating showing a suspect on the ground in the market; he appears to have canisters strapped to his body.
  • Police say those canisters were part of a hoax suicide vest.
  • Authorities responded to a third incident, a stabbing at Vauxhall, but this was not connected to the events around London Bridge.
  • Theresa May, the prime minster, has called the events a terrible incident that is being treated as a potential act of terrorism.
  • Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, thanked emergency services after the brutal and shocking incidents reported in London.
  • London mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the barbaric and horrific attack as deliberate and cowardly.
  • Guests at some hotels in the vicinity of the attacks have been evacuated.
  • Security services have carried out a number of controlled explosions in the area of the attacks.
  • Police urged people to stay away from the affected areas.
  • The government said there would be a meeting of the emergency committee Cobra on Sunday morning.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/04/london-attacks-what-we-know-so-far-london-bridge-borough-market-vauxhall

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