Van strikes pedestrians on London Bridge; police at 2 other sites

June 3 (UPI) — Britain’s Metropolitan Police declared attacks at London Bridge and a nearby market are being treated as terrorist incidents early Sunday.

A vehicle struck pedestrians on London Bridge on Saturday shortly before Metropolitan Police said they received reports of stabbings at a nearby restaurant.

The Metropolitan Police offered few details on their Twitter account. They first received reports of the incident 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 a third 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.

The city’s transportation authority, Transport for London reported the bridged was closed down in both directions. The agency described it as a “major incident,” the BBC reported.

This is a developing story.

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