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Seen people have been confirmed as dead by the British police in the terrorist attack in London?s busy London Bridge area.
London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick confirmed that seven people were killed in Saturday night?s incident that saw a van mow down pedestrians on London Bridge before the vehicle?s occupants got out and started stabbing patrons of nearby bars and restaurants.
The three attackers were fatally shot by officers within eight minutes of the first emergency call, Dick said.
London Ambulance Service earlier said it had taken ?at least 48 patients to five hospitals across London.?
Witnesses reported that a white van was traveling fast when it mounted the sidewalk and plowed into a group of people crossing the Thames River on foot.
The attacks set off scenes of panic in London on a cool June evening as the city?s streets were filled with people heading home from dinner or out for a drink.
In packed pubs ? normally scenes of Saturday night revelry and merriment ? patrons threw chairs, bottles and glasses at the attackers as the assailants used long knives to slash their way through crowds. Tourists gaped at the carnage from the roofs of double-decker buses.
Police said the attacks were being treated as ?terrorist incidents.? The top priority of police now is to find out more about ?these individuals who carried out the attack and the background to it,? Dick said.
British Prime Minister Theresa May had earlier described the ?terrible incidents? as ?a potential act of terrorism.?
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Twitter: ?Brutal and shocking incidents reported in London. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. Thank you to the emergency services.?
London Mayor Sadiq Khan issued a statement condemning ?a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners and visitors to our city enjoying their Saturday night.?
?We can?t allow them to do that,? Khan told Sky News. ?We are not going to be cowered by terrorism.?
Witnesses reported that a white van was traveling fast ? approximately 50 mph ? when it mounted the sidewalk and plowed into a group of people crossing the Thames River on foot just after 10 p.m.
The van collided with a guardrail. Bystanders said they thought the crash may have been an accident, until the occupants got out.
The three men who had been in the vehicle immediately began stabbing people on the bridge with knives before making their way to Borough Market, a foodie paradise nestled under the archways of railway viaducts that attracts locals and tourists from around the world.
It was in the market, located just south of the bridge, where police killed the attackers and ended the rampage.
US President Donald Trump immediately took to Twitter to say: ?We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!?