Van mounts curb, hits people on London Bridge

The BBC cited police as saying there had been more than one fatality.

A tweet from the Metropolitan Police said: "Officers are now responding to an incident in the Vauxhall area" - but this was later found to be unrelated. "So the police checking the Thames", Ms Jones said.

It also comes less than two weeks after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a pop concert by USA singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.

"Within my line of sight, there were five or six people on the ground that were not moving", he said. He said they saw a metal chair being thrown towards the man.

George Moss (22) was unable to get home after police put a cordon between Borough Market and Elephant and Castle.

Streets in the area would have been busy with people on a Saturday night out.

Witnesses described seeing a speeding vehicle veer into crowds on the bridge, while video showed dozens of people with their hands on their heads escorted away from the scene by officers.

London [U.K.], June 4: A van moved down a number of pedestrians on the London Bridge, injuring several. I saw this van going left and right trying to hit as many people as he could.

"It was horrendous", he said. "He hit about two people in front of me and then three behind".

Eyewitnesses told local media several people are lying on the ground, apparently having been stabbed.

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"They've jumped out of the van and started stabbing people randomly". And then there were nearly hundreds of people coming inside.

"Around the corner there was a guy with a stab wound on his neck".

Similar attacks, in Berlin, Nice, Brussels and Paris, have been carried out by militants over the past couple of years.

London Bridge is closed both ways Transport for London (TfL) said, warning the public to avoid the area.

British police rushed to London Bridge after reports of a vehicle running down pedestrians.

The US national security team has briefed President Donald Trump on the situation and will continue to provide him with updates, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.

One witness told Reuters that she saw what appeared to be three people with knife wounds and possibly their throats cut at London Bridge.

On March 22, Khalid Masood ploughed a rented auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead.

Earlier, Trump retweeted the Drudge Report when it referred to "fears of a new terror attack", although the nature of the incidents had not yet been confirmed by authorities. CNN reports that there have been stabbings. "He was stabbing a man...he stabbed him about three times fairly calmly".

July 7: Four British suicide bombers inspired by Al-Qaeda attack London's Underground network and a bus during rush hour, killing 52 people, as well as themselves, and wounding 700.

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