UPDATE 11:15 a.m. ET: At least 7 are dead and 48 have been reported wounded in the London terror attack. CBS News reports British police said they have arrested 12 people in east London over the London Bridge attack. Police said in a statement that counter terrorism officers made the arrests Sunday morning (6/4) in Barking.
The three suspects, who were wearing hoax suicide vests, were shot and killed by police. Police say the investigation is progressing rapidly.
A British Transport Police officer and an off-duty officer were among the injured in the Saturday night attack.
The British Transport Police chief said an officer who was wounded in the London Bridge attack was armed only with his baton when he confronted the three knife-wielding assailants. The officer, who was stabbed in the face, head and a leg, was one of the first responders.
British Transport Police Chief, Constable Paul Crowther, visited the officer at a hospital and said that he’s in stable condition. Crowther said that “it became clear that he showed enormous courage in the face of danger.” Crowther added that “for an officer who only joined us less than two years ago, the bravery he showed was outstanding and makes me extremely proud.”
More updates to come.
UPDATE 11:40 p.m. ET: CBS News reports President Trump spoke with British Prime Minister Theresa May, the White House said. Mr. Trump offered his condolences and said the U.S. would support Britain.
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley gave an update on the incident, saying that the incident was a “protracted incident” that began on London Bridge and continued to Borough Market.
He said that six people died in the incident in addition to the three attackers shot dead by police. There were at least 20 people wounded, including a police officer.
The three attackers were wearing what appeared to be explosive vests, but it was determined to be a hoax, Rowley said.
UPDATE 10:09 p.m. ET: CBS News reported London Ambulance Services said it has taken at least 20 patients to at least six hospitals.
UPDATE 9:00 p.m. ET: CBS News reported London Ambulance Services tweeted they are responding to the incident, posting that they had responded within six minutes of the initial reports.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan described bridge area incidents as “deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners.”
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a statement saying they are “monitoring” the situation in Britain. “We are working with our interagency partners and foreign counterparts to gain further insight into reported attacks against civilians on London Bridge and in the surrounding area,” the statement read. “U.S. citizens in the area should heed direction from local authorities and maintain security awareness. We encourage any affected U.S. citizens who need assistance to contact the U.S. Embassy in London and follow Department of State guidance.”
Australian Labor Sen. Sam Dastyari was eating at a restaurant near London Bridge during the attack. “Terrible events in London beside where we were having dinner. Just terrible. Whole city in lockdown,” he tweeted Saturday. “London police are amazing, had us in lockdown then evacuated us past the site. Horrific scenes.”
UPDATE 8:15 p.m. ET: British police have shut down London bridge to investigate what’s being called a “major” incident at three locations.
Emergency crews and armed police rushed to investigate an incident on London Bridge Saturday (6/3). Witnesses said a white van jumped a curb and mowed down pedestrians. A triage area was set up nearby to treat the injured and witnesses said they also heard gunfire.
In a video posted on Twitter, police were heard telling patrons in a bar nearby to get down. Another video showed police evacuating London Bridge Station. Police also used a double decker bus to block access to the popular British landmark.
The incident comes more than two months after a vehicle slammed into a crowd of people on Westminster Bridge.
four people were killed and dozens more injured. Police believe that incident was terror related.
ORIGINAL: CBS News reports British police are responding to an incident on the London Bridge amid reports of a vehicle slamming into pedestrians.
A witness who was on the bridge said she saw a speeding van veer onto the pavement, striking as many as six people.
Another witness told Reuters she saw three people who appeared to have their throats cut.
“We are dealing with an incident on #LondonBridge, when we have more information we will update this twitter feed,” the Metropolitan Police Department tweeted late Saturday. Police also said they were responding to a separate incident near London Bridge at Borough Market.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has been briefed on the incident and is in touch with officials, Downing Street said. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said President Trump has also been briefed on the situation.
The city transit authority Transport for London closed the bridge and ordered the London Bridge underground station evacuated.