Multiple people injured in violent 'incidents' in London

USA pop star Ariana Grande, whose concert in Manchester was the scene of a terror attack last week that claimed 22 lives, tweeted: "Praying for London".

"We have now taken over 30 patients to five hospitals across London following the incident at London Bridge".

In the wake of the Manchester attack, the United Kingdom government increased the terror alert to critical, the highest level, and deployed the army to support police.

The violence turned a summery Saturday night in an area packed with bars and restaurants into a scene of panic and chaos, with officers running through crowded streets screaming for people to flee and lifeboats drafted to help clear the area.

He said the pub was then closed and armed police told them to leave the area. In March, four people were killed in London after Khalid Masood rammed his auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before fatally stabbing a policeman outside the Houses of Parliament.

A Vauxhall stabbing initially thought to be part of the London Bridge and Borough Market attacks is unrelated, police say. Police treated that attack as "Islamist-related terrorism".

Six people were killed, three attackers shot dead and 20 people hospitalised in last night's terror attack at London Bridge and Borough Market. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks.

London Bridge station and two others were closed at the request of police. Hours after the attack the area remained sealed off.

The incident at London Bridge, as reported, appeared to be reminiscent of a terrorist incident in March when a knife-wielding man mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing an armed police officer outside Parliament.

Eyewitnesses told BBC home affairs correspondent Tom Symonds they saw people getting out of the van after the attack on the bridge and running towards Borough Market. "It looked to me that the van was aiming for the people". "I froze beacause I didn't know what to do", Mark Roberts, 53, a management consultant, told Reuters.

One witness reported having seen a van crashed into a lamppost after the bridge by the Barrowboy and Banker pub.

"It was horrendous", he said.

Police also reported a stabbing incident at Vauxhall; police have since said that the Vauxhall stabbing is not connected to the incidents on London Bridge and at Borough Market.

She will hold an emergency ministerial meeting later on Sunday and Facebook has activated its safety check function for people in London to let their loved ones know they are safe.

Simon went on to explain that the area was "very busy" and there was a lot of people so it was hard to tell what was happening.

He told Sky News that there were "about 20 of us" adding: "People were looking on their phones, people checked twitter and rang relatives who checked on news websites".

"They hit the emergency alarm. People went to her aid". "Some of them were coming by auto, some of them were running". She said - this is her description - he swerved right around me and then hit about five or six people. First, he retweeted a Drudge Report item about the attacks, then provided his own message about the travel ban.

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

Nick Brandon of British Transport Police said the force had received reports of "multiple" casualties, but he did not know how serious the injuries were.

US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to offer US help to Britain.

Meanwhile, White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted, "National security team has briefed @POTUS on situation at #LondonBridge and will continue to provide updates".

Witnesses reported seeing injured people on the ground on the bridge.

Police say a hit-and-run and stabbings on and near London Bridge have been officially declared a "terrorist incident".

Police confirmed the fatalities just after 4am.

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