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London terror attacks: Police fired 'unprecedented' 50 rounds to neutralise attackers

  • Seven people killed in London Bridge and Borough Market attacks, including a Canadian national and a French national
  • Three attackers shot dead by police
  • Unprecedented' 50 rounds fired at terrorists
  • 21 of 48 injured are critically ill in hospital
  • Twelve arrests in Barking
  • Theresa May: UK in grip of copycat terror attacks

Seven people have died in the terrorist incidents in London and three attackers have been shot dead by police, Scotland Yard said.

Police and emergency services were called to London Bridge shortly after 10pm on Saturday, amid reports that a white van had hit pedestrians.

In total 48 people were taken to five hospitals across London. NHS England says 21 of those people are in a "critical condition".

The white van then continued to drive to Borough Market where three men then left the vehicle and began to stab people in pubs and restaurants.

The three attackers involved in the attacks, who were wearing hoax explosive vests, were shot and killed by police within eight minutes of the first call being made.

Eight police firearms officers fired an "unprecedented" 50 rounds at the three terrorists, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said.

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A member of the public also received a gunshot wound. Mr Rowley said there would be "increased physical measures" on London's bridges to protect the public.

On Sunday morning Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, who condemned the atrocity as "appalling" and "ghastly", said the number of victims from the London attacks had risen to seven.

"We believe that this incident is under control," she said.

Read more: London attacks: Metropolitan Police commissioner praises 'extraordinary' courage of public and emergency services

Canadian authorities confirmed one of its citizens had died, while French officials say a French person is among the dead, another is missing and four are seriously injured in hospital.

Officers are treating the attacks as terrorism and additional police are being deployed in the capital.

Twelve people have been arrested in Barking, east London, in connection with the London Bridge attack, the Metropolitan Police Service said.

Read more: Police raid flats where neighbours believe London Bridge attacker may have lived

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An on-duty British Transport Police officer received "serious injuries" including head, face and leg wounds, as he responded to calls for help from the public.

Read more: London attacks: BTP officer 'tackled terrorists with armed only with his baton'

The terrorist attacks in London come less than two weeks after the suicide bombing in Manchester - the third terrorist incident to hit the UK since the Westminster attack in March.

Terrorism breeds terrorism Prime Minister Theresa May

Prime Minister Theresa May addressed the nation after chairing a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee on Sunday.

Mrs May warned that Britain is in the grip of a spate of copycat terror attacks. Speaking outside Downing Street, Mrs May said that although there was no direct link between the three incidents, "terrorism breeds terrorism".

"In terms of their planning and execution, the recent attacks are not connected but we believe we are experiencing a new trend in the threat we face.

"As terrorism breeds terrorism and perpetrators are inspired to attack, not only on the basis of carefully constructed plots after years of planning and training, and not even as lone attackers radicalised online, but by copying one another and often using the crudest of means of attack."

Read more: London attacks: Theresa May statement in full

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan asked “all Londoners and visitors to our city to remain calm and vigilant”.

This was a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners and visitors to our city enjoying their Saturday night. I condemn it in the strongest possible terms. There is no justification whatsoever for such barbaric acts. Sadiq Khan

The White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed on Twitter that US President Donald Trump has also been briefed about the incident.

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.”

Tim Farron, the Lib Dem leader, said: “Tonight’s horrific incidents in London remind us how much we owe our emergency services. My thoughts and prayers with everyone affected.”

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton extended his condolences to all of those who have lost loved ones and to those injured.

Chief Constable Hamilton said: “My thoughts and sympathies are with the people of London following this horrendous attack. We also send our support to our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police, City of London Police, British Transport Police and all the emergency services that responded last night.”

Northern Ireland's political leaders have reacted with the DUP's Arlene Foster saying "democracy will not be thwarted or derailed by terrorism".

Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said: “For the second time in two weeks, the ordinary people of the UK have been subjected to cowardly and barbaric attacks. Ireland stands with the UK and condemns these acts utterly."

The London Bridge area remains cordoned off and London Bridge station remains closed.

London Ambulance said multiple resources attended the incidents.

The London Ambulance Service said: “We took 48 patients to five hospitals across London and treated a number of others at the scene for minor injuries.

“We sent over 80 of our medics to the scene including ambulance crews, advanced paramedics, specialist response teams and an advanced trauma team from London's Air Ambulance."

The Met had urged people in the affected areas to get to safer areas away from the scenes.

Earlier it tweeted that people must "RUN - to a place of safety. This is a better option than to surrender or negotiate. If there's nowhere to go then...

"HIDE - turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can.

"TELL - the police by calling 999 when it is safe to do so."

Police also attended an incident in the Vauxhall area, which they no longer believe to be connected to the attacks.

Police have opened a casualty bureau line for people concerned about loved ones on 0800 0961 233.

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