The attack comes days before the general election is due to take place, and after Britain’s threat level was reduced back to “severe” after being raised to its highest level — “critical” — following the Manchester attack. The main political parties said they would be suspending election campaigning till the end of the day.
Seven people have died and at least 48 have been injured following a terrorist attack in London, less than two weeks after the suicide bombing on the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
Three assailants drove a van at high speed across London Bridge, by one of the city’s busiest stations, at around 10 pm local time on Saturday night, before ferociously attacking people, including an off duty police officer, with knives around Borough Market, a popular and lively area with pubs, restaurants and shops.
The three attackers were wearing what appeared to be explosive vests, but turned out to be hoaxes, and were shot dead by police within 8 minutes of the first call to emergency services. Police forces are reviewing their presence across the capital in coming days, with extra police set to be deployed across the city. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
In the aftermath of the attack London’s police force used a new warning system urging people to “Run, Hide, Tell,” outlining the ways in which people should respond if caught up in an attack.