Officials are searching for three suspects who reportedly plowed into a crowd of about 20 people with a white van on London Bridge and then proceeded to stab individuals with 12-inch hunting knives late Saturday night.
Seven were reportedly killed in the attack, but the official death toll has not been tallied as of yet, Daily Mail reports.
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“Police said they fired shots after reports of stabbings in the nearby Borough Market area, and that they were also responding to an incident in the Vauxhall area further west, but gave no immediate details,” Reuters reported.
Police are now saying that the Vauxhall incident is not connected to the violent attacks that occurred in Borough Market and on The London Bridge, according to CNN.
Police in London say a third incident at Vauxhill is not connected to London Bridge and Borough Market
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At least one suspect has been arrested according to reports.
While not much about the suspects, some of whom are still on the loose, has been made public, British Prime Minister Theresa May called the acts of violence a “potential act of terrorism,” Reuters reported.
Police are now calling the attacks acts of terror.
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President Donald Trump tweeted a message of support shortly after reports of the attack.
He also tweeted that the United States ought to put in place his proposed travel ban which would temporarily halt an influx of immigration from six Muslim majority countries.
Last week, 22 people died at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in what officials said was the most deadly terror attack in the U.K. since 2005. ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack.
The bomber’s father and his two brothers were arrested and it has been reported there was a terror ring involved in planning and carrying out the attack. In the immediate aftermath of last week’s attack, London police were on high alert for fear that another attack might happen imminently.
You can watch live coverage of the attack from Sky News here.