Van ploughs into pedestrians on London Bridge, Theresa May says incident ‘potential act of terrorism’

London Bridge 'incident': 10 police cars rushed into the scene.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 4, 2017 5:20 am
london bridge, london bridge incident A witness told the BBC she saw a speeding white van veering into pedestrians. ( Source: Twitter/@WillHeaven)

The London police is dealing with an ‘incident’ on the London Bridge on Saturday after witnesses reported a van ploughing into pedestrians. The police rushed to the area but no further details were giving. A reporter from Reuters reported that she saw 10 police cars rushing towards the London Bridge. According to new reports, an eyewitness has reported a man entered an eatery in the Burrough Market and stabbed at least two people. Police is also responding to an incident in the Vauxhall area in South London, according to the city police. No further details on it are available at the moment, however.

Theresa May says the “terrible incident” in London is being treated as a “potential act of terrorism”.

The BBC reported more than one dead in the incident. Downing Street also says Prime Minister Theresa May will chair government emergency response committee meeting.

A witness told the BBC she saw a speeding white van veering into pedestrians. The witness said the van hit five to six people. London’s transport authority said London Bridge rail station had been closed at the request of the police. A BBC reporter who was an eyewitness at the scene, said the van, which was travelling from the direction of central London, headed towards the south side of the river.

“We are dealing with an incident on #LondonBridge, when we have more information we will update,” Metropolitan Police said on Twitter. The police said they are dealing with a “serious incident”, CNN reported. European security official says it is too soon to say whether incidents around London Bridge are militant attacks.

President of United State tweeted emphasising on the need to be smart, vigilant and tough. He also advocated his Travel Ban saying that this would be an extra level of safety for everyone.

He also tweeted, “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!”

Indians are also speculated to be in the area as there is an India vs Pakistan match scheduled at the Edgbaston Cricket Stadium in Birmingham on June 4. London Bridge has been closed down.

An eyewitness also described to CNN hearing what “sounded like” gunshots. The London Bridge and Borough stations have been closed down.

Horrific scene at London Bridge… bodies strewn over the pavement. B&Q van mounted the pavement. I feel sick pic.twitter.com/quDYWHRum3

— Ben Leo (@benleo89) June 3, 2017

The White House has been briefed on the incident.

In July 2016, a truck was used as a weapon in a terror attack in Nice when a 19 tonne cargo truck deliberately drove into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais. In May 2017, a suicide bomber blew up in an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 23 adults and children.

This is also the month of Ramadan, the month of fasting for Muslims. The incident also comes close to the heels of the UK general elections.

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