Update 2:47 a.m. LONDON (AP) The London Ambulance Service says more than 20 people have been injured in the vehicle and knife attack in the London Bridge area.
The service says “we have taken at least 20 patients to six hospitals across London.” Several other people were treated at the scene for less serious injuries. It is urging people only to call an ambulance in an emergency as they treat victims of the attack.
2:20 a.m. The U.S. State Department says that the “United States condemns the cowardly attacks targeting innocent civilians in London this evening.” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Saturday evening: “The United States stands ready to provide any assistance authorities in the United Kingdom may request.”
She said: “Our hearts are with the families and loved ones of the victims. We wish a full and quick recovery to those injured in the attacks. All Americans stand in solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom.” The agency’s statement was similar in tone to a tweet from President Donald Trump earlier in the evening: “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! ”
LONDON (AP) – The Latest on an incident on London Bridge (all times local): 1:15 a.m. U.S. President Donald Trump is arguing in favor of his controversial travel ban as London authorities respond to reports of a string of attacks. London authorities are investigating reports that a vehicle has hit pedestrians on London Bridge.
Two other incidents also are being reported. Trump began tweeting about the attacks an hour or so after initial news reports. One tweet read: “We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!” Federal courts have blocked Trump’s travel ban on six mostly Muslim countries and refugees from anywhere in the world.
His administration is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate it. Trump also tweeted a pledge of help and support for London.
1:05 a.m. Police say a hit-and-run and stabbings on and near London Bridge have been officially declared a “terrorist incident.” Armed officers flooded the busy area of the city after a van struck multiple people on the bridge. Witnesses also reported seeing people being stabbed by at least one man.
Police say the incidents occurred on the bridge and at Borough Market a short distance away. The force initially said they were also responding to a reported third incident, in the Vauxhall area of London. But they said later that turned out to be an unrelated stabbing.
Update 7:02 p.m. LONDON (AP) – The Latest on an incident on London Bridge (all times local): 12:55 a.m. Police say they are working with Royal Naval Lifeboat Institution to evacuate public from the London Bridge incident.
Police say a vehicle reportedly ran down pedestrians on London Bridge, and there were reports of stabbings nearby. The BBC says more than one person has been killed. British Prime Minister Theresa May says the incident “is being treated as a potential act of terrorism.”
Update 7:00 p.m. LONDON (AP) – London police say incident in Vauxhall area is a stabbing, not related to possible terrorist attack. Police declare vehicle, knife incidents on and near London Bridge “terrorist incidents.”
Update 6:19 p.m. LONDON (AP) – The Latest on an incident on London Bridge (all times local): 12:19 p.m. Downing Street says Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of the government’s emergency response committee on Sunday.
A spokesman for May says the prime minister is in contact with officials and is being regularly updated. May has not commented yet but in the past she has convened her emergency security Cabinet known as Cobra after major incidents.
Britain’s official terror threat had recently been lowered from “critical” after a bombing killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
London police say they are responding to reports that a vehicle hit pedestrians on London Bridge and that there were stabbings at busy Borough Market nearby. Soon after they responded to another incident in the Vauxhall area, over a mile away.
The Metropolitan Police says armed officers have been sent to the scenes and shots were fired. They did not say if officers fired the shots. The force has tweeted a warning telling people in the area to run to safety, hide and then call police if it is safe to do so.
Update 6:00 p.m. LONDON (AP) – BBC reports more than one person has died in London Bridge incident.
Update 5:49 p.m. LONDON (AP) – London police say shots were fired after they responded to reports of stabbings in Borough Market LONDON (AP) – London police say shots were fired after they responded to reports of stabbings in Borough Market.
Update 5:45 p.m. LONDON (AP) – The Latest on an incident on London Bridge (all times local): 11:40 p.m.
British transport police say there are reports of multiple casualties following a major incident on London Bridge.
Nick Brandon of the British Transport Police control room says he has received reports of an incident possibly involving a knife and a vehicle. Witnesses have reported seeing people hit by a vehicle on London Bridge. Police say they’re responding to an incident there and another at Borough Market, a busy area of pubs and restaurants nearby. He said the seriousness of the injuries is not yet known.
Update 5:40 p.m. LONDON (AP) – London police are treating injured people on a small street some 500 meters (yards) southwest of London Bridge, where witnesses say pedestrians were hit by a vehicle and police say they are responding to an incident.
London police are treating injured people on a small street some 500 meters (yards) southwest of London Bridge, where witnesses say pedestrians were hit by a vehicle and police say they are responding to an incident.
Britain’s Press Association news agency says members of the public were told to run away as fast as they could from the area, which is filled with restaurants and pubs.
Nick Archer, who was in the London Bridge area, says he came out of a bar and looked to his left and saw a man lying on the ground. He thought the person had been drinking, but then police vans flew by.
British Transport Police say reports of multiple casualties following major incident on London Bridge.
Update 5:30 p.m. LONDON (AP) – London police say they are responding to an incident at Borough Market, a popular tourist area with restaurants and bars a short distance from London Bridge, where a vehicle is reported to have hit pedestrians.
The Metropolitan Police force says armed officers are responding at both scenes.
Witnesses have reported seeing injured people on the ground on the bridge. Police have closed a nearby railway station and told people to get away from the area.
British Transport Police say they have received reports of a major incident involving a knife and a vehicle.
Update 5:25 p.m. LONDON (AP) – The Latest on an incident on London Bridge (all times local):
11:10 p.m. London’s transportation authority has closed three London Underground stations near London Bridge, where police say they are dealing with an incident and witnesses report seeing a vehicle hitting pedestrians.
An eyewitness tells Sky News he saw people who seemed to have been run over and people being placed in an ambulance covered in blankets.
London Metropolitan Police have said only that they are dealing with an incident on the bridge, and London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted that people should follow police on Twitter for updates.
Another eyewitness tells Sky he heard a burst of gunfire during the incident.
London police say they have also responded to an incident at Borough Market; armed officers at scene
LONDON (AP) – British police say they are dealing with an “incident” on London Bridge.
Witnesses report a vehicle hitting pedestrians and injured as many as six people.
Transport for London says busy London Bridge station has been closed at the request of police.
London police are treating injured people on the end of Thrale Street; members of public told to run away.