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London Under Attack: Seven Killed, Dozens Injured Due to Multiple Terror Incidents (UPDATED)

Ed. note – this post is being updated. Please scroll down for the most recent reports.

The London Metropolitan Police has announced that there has been an incident on London Bridge, and the emergency situation has prompted an evacuation from the area.

Early reports from BBC indicate that a white van drove off the road and slammed into a number of pedestrians. It is not clear how many people were injured, though Daily Star suggests that an estimated 15 to 20 people were hit, and there have also been reports of a stabbing as well.

Will Heaven, managing editor for British political magazine The Spectator, has been tweeting from the scene:

London Bridge is currently on lockdown, and emergency services are on site.

The incident comes a day before Ariana Grande was set to return to Manchester, in order to hold a benefit show after her pop concert was attacked by a terrorist last month. It is not yet clear what the nature of the incident is, or if British authorities are treating this as a terror attack.

UPDATE – 6:35 p.m. EST: Both President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May have been briefed about the incident:

London authorities are addressing another situation near the bridge, at Borough Market:

Details are still unclear at this point, but reports and witnesses say that multiple perpetrators might be involved, and that the stabbings took place at a nearby restaurant.

Gunfire has also been reported around the area.

UPDATE – 6:50 p.m. EST: Police have given another update on the situation, saying they are now looking into the Vauxhall area:

Reuters has reported that three suspects have become the focus of the initial investigation:

BBC states that there have been casualties:

UPDATE — 7:07 p.m. EST: ABC has video of officers telling Londoners in a pub to get down and take cover:

UPDATE — 7:50 p.m. EST: Prime Minister May has addressed the incident, stating that it is currently being treated as a potential terror attack:

May’s announcement was followed by a police update, and they announced that there was a stabbing at Vauxhall, though it appears to have no connection to the crises at Borough Market and London Bridge

UPDATE — 8:54 p.m. EST: London mayor Sadiq Khan has issued a statement of his own.

UPDATE — 9:55 p.m. EST: The London Ambulance Service has confirmed that at least 20 people were hospitalized due to tonight’s events.

UPDATE — 11:00 p.m. EST: British authorities have confirmed that six people were killed in the attacks, and that three terror suspects were taken down outside of Borough Market. Police have also said that the suspects’ suicide vests were fake.

London Ambulance’s latest statement says that at least 30 people were hospitalized because of the rampage.

UPDATE – 5:58 p.m. EST: ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

This is a developing story and we shall update accordingly.

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