June 3 (UPI) — Britain’s Metropolitan Police said at least one person died Saturday in what officials are describing as terror attacks at London Bridge and a nearby market.
Police said they received reports of a vehicle striking pedestrians on London Bridge around 10:08 p.m. About 35 minutes later, they tweeted about a police response at Borough Market, a popular restaurant and bar area south of the River Thames near London Bridge.
“Officers have then responded to reports of stabbings in #BoroughMarket. Armed officers responded and shots have been fired,” one tweet said.
The police department said there also was a stabbing at another location, the Vauxhall district southwest of London Bridge, but it was unrelated to the first two attacks.
Witnesses said they saw a white van struck pedestrians on London Bridge. BBC reporter Holly Jones, who was on the bridge at the time, said she saw a man driving the van “probably traveling about 50 miles an hour.”
“He swerved right round me and then hit about five or six people. He hit about two people in front of me and then three behind,” she said.
Another witness, Mark Roberts, told CNN he saw the van hit multiple people before hitting a bus stop and stopping.
“Within my line of sight, there were five or six people on the ground that were not moving,” he said.
British Prime Minister Theresa May described the attacks as “dreadful.”
“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,” she said.
“This is a fast-moving investigation. I want to express my huge gratitude to the police and emergency services who are on the scene,” May added. “Our thoughts are with those who are caught up in these dreadful events.”
The London Ambulance Service issued a statement saying they sent emergency crews to the scene.
“Our initial priority is to assess the level and nature of injuries, and ensure that those people in most need are treated first and taken to hospital.
The city’s transportation authority, Transport for London, shut down the bridge in both directions.