At least six people were killed and 30 others injured on Saturday in two terror attacks at central London landmarks in which police shot dead three suspects, the third terror incident to strike the United Kingdom this year.  The attack that took place at London Bridge and Borough Market comes just days ahead of the general election on June 8.  The first incident was reported at London Bridge when a van swerved off the road into a crowd of pedestrians, BBC reported.  A white van driver came speeding — probably about 50 mph — veered off the road into the crowds of people who were walking along the pavement, an eye-witness was quoted by the report.  Within minutes, there were reports of a second attack at Borough market on the South Bank of the Thames where three men wielding knives 10 inches long began attacking passersby, even entering one restaurant to attack night diners. Six people were killed in the attack, and at least 30 were taken to hospital, the Metropolitan police said.  “We have now taken over 30 patients to five hospitals across London following the incident at London Bridge. A number of other patients were treated for less serious injuries at the scene,” Peter Rhodes, London Ambulance Service assistant director of operations, said in a statement.  “We declared a major incident and continue to work closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene,” it said. The three assailants shot dead by police were wearing fake suicide vests, police said on Sunday.  “The suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later established to be hoaxes,” Britain’s head of counter-terrorism Mark Rowley said.  Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms meeting.  May said that the “terrible incident” in London is being treated as a “potential act of terrorism”.  The prime minister said: “Following updates from police and security officials, I can confirm that the terrible incident in London is being treated as a potential act of terrorism.”  Gerard Vowls told The Guardian newspaper that he saw a woman being stabbed by three men at the south end of London Bridge. He said he threw chairs, glasses and bottles at the attackers in a bid to stop them.  “They kept coming to try to stab me. They were stabbing everyone. Evil, evil people,” he told the newspaper. “I want to know if this girl is still alive. I’ve been walking around for an hour and a half crying my eyes out. I don’t know what to do.”  Bartender Alex Martinez said he hid in a garbage bin for a half hour when a man stormed the restaurant where he worked, which was nearly full.  “I saw that man with a knife in his hand and after that a man started screaming so I knew something wrong was happening,” he said.  Simon Thompson told Sky News that he was just outside Borough Market when he saw crowds fleeing.  “We ran for like 100 metres and then saw loads of police cars turned up and there was kind of a period of quite intense gunfire,” he said. “I hid in a restaurant basement for about an hour. … Police told us to get out and then there was more gunfire.”  The Rediff.com : 4th. June,17



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