A van drove into pedestrians on London Bridge in the heart of England on June 3 in what the prime minister said was being treated as a likely terrorist attack.
According to CNN, bodies were left “lying in the roadway.” According to USA Today, “On London Bridge, witnesses described seeing a white van mounting the sidewalk and injuring at least six people at about 10:30 p.m.”
There were reports that armed police were checking people in the London Bridge area:
People were asked by police to march down the street with their hands up.
At roughly the same time, there was a knife attack in London’s Borough Market. The Sun reported that three men with “hunting knives” jumped out of vehicles and starting stabbing people. According to the Sun, what are being considered terror attacks involved a “gang” of five suspects and left up to seven people dead and 20 injured.
USA Today reported that “Borough Market is an area that houses many food stalls and pubs and is popular with tourists.” There were also reports of a possible third attack, but this was not yet confirmed.
The gang of terrorists attacked a pub at the London Bridge area and tried to smash their way inside, reported the Sun.
The specter of twin terror attacks comes as England reels from the terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. ISIS claimed responsibility for the terror attack in Manchester.
The modus operandi of a vehicle ramming into pedestrians has become an all too familiar part of the terrorists’ lexicon. Using a vehicle as a weapon is a method used in Nice France; in the Berlin, Germany Christmas market attack; in the Westminster bridge attack at UK Parliament, and now on London Bridge.
President Donald Trump tweeted his support the UK, writing, “Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U. K., we will be there – WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!”
According to the BBC, police confirmed that at least one fatality had resulted from the attacks, but details were still unfolding and that count could increase.
BBC reported that Prime Minister Theresa May released the following statement: “Following updates from police and security officials, I can confirm that the terrible incident in London is being treated as a potential act of terrorism. This is a fast moving investigation. I want to express my huge gratitude to the police and emergency services who are on the scene. Our thoughts are with those who are caught up in these dreadful events.”