Tahlka News Bureau
LONDON: At least six people killed and almost 50 people were injured in a "rampage" on London Bridge. Three attackers were gunned down by the police before stabbing people at neaeby Borough Market, near the bridge on Saturday.
"Armed response officers then responded very quickly and bravely and confronted the three male suspects who were shot and killed on Borough Market," Mark Rowley said.
Three attackers had been wearing what looked like explosive vests that were later found to have been hoax.
The attack comes a days ahead of the June 8 election and less than two weeks after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a pop concert by US Suinger Ariana Grande Manchester in northern England. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
BBC showed footage of the two slain London attackers by the police, one had canisters around around his body. Hours after the attack the area remained sealed by the police.
The injured have been taken to six near by hospitals across the city. Three major hospitals in London said that they were on lockdown to keep patients and staff safe.
Streets around London Bridge and Borough Market, fashionable districts packed with bars and restaurants, would have been busy with people on Saturday night out. BBC showed dozens of people, evidently caught up between the attack, being escorted through a police cordon with their hands on their head.
Eye witness describe described a white van careering into pedestrians near London Bridge and knocking over several people.
"It looked like he was aiming or groups of people. I froze because I didn't know what to do," Mark Roberts, 53, a management consultant. He saw at least six people on th ground after the van veered on and off the pavement.
"It was horrendous," he said.
People on the streets ran inside the bar for shelter.
"People started running and screaming, and the van crashed into the railing behind. We went towards Norough Market and everyone went inside (the bar). Everyone in the bar started pushing people form the exits," one witness who gave his name as Brain, 32, told reporters.
On Saturday, the Islamic State sent out a message on instant messaging service Telegram urging its followers to launch attacks with trucks, knives and guns against "Crusaders" during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Similar attacks in Berlin, Nice, Brussels and Paris, have been carried out by militants over the past couple of years.
"Following updates from police and security, I can confirm that the terrible incident in London is being treated as a potential act of terrorism," Prime Minister Theresa May said.
London Thames's river police is also helping in evacuation process of the people caought up in the attack, described by police as a terrorist incident.
A similar incident of stabbing happen in March on Westminster Bridge, west of London Bridge, in which a man killed five people after driving into crowd of pedestrians brfore stabbing a police officer in the grounds of parliament.
Several witness at the ground head of gunshots around London Bridge.
"We were in an Uber (taxi) going towards London Bridge and suddenly we saw people running The Uber stopped, we asked people what was going on - people said therewas shooting," said Yoann Belmere, 40, a French banker living in London.
"Now the area is completely closed with police cars one way and ambulances going the other," he said.
A witness told CNN that two men had entered a restaurant in the Borough Market area and stabbed two people inside. He said a waitress was stabbed in the throat and a man was stabbed in the back.
The Manchester bombing on May 22 was thye deadliest attack in Britan sice July 2005s meto bombing in which 52 people were killed in coordinated attacks by four British Muslim suicide bombers.