Posted: Jun 04, 2017 01:41 PM CDT
Updated: Jun 04, 2017 01:41 PM CDT
Seven people were killed and 48 others injured in an attack that targeted the heart of London on Saturday night. Here's how the terror attack unfolded:
At 10:08 p.m. (5:08 p.m. ET), London Metropolitan officers responded to reports of a vehicle hitting pedestrians on London Bridge. Witness Mark Roberts said he saw a van speed across London Bridge toward the underground station before it suddenly swerved, bounced off the pavement and hit several pedestrians.
What sounded like gunfire rang out five to 10 minutes later, Roberts said. Brad Meyers had just left London Bridge when he heard a "boom" behind him, which he thought was a car hitting the guardrails or other vehicles. He said he saw someone jump into the water in fear.
Multiple ambulances rushed to the scene, with the first team arriving within six minutes, according to the London Ambulance Service.
British Prime Minister Theresa May called the attack a "potential act of terrorism." Police said the assailants were wearing what looked like explosive vests, which were later found to be fake.
As emergency services sped toward London Bridge, reports came in of multiple stabbings nearby, in the area around Borough Market, a popular gourmet food market surrounded by fashionable bars and restaurants.
Elisabeth Smedly said a man ran into Elliot's Cafe in Borough Market and stabbed two people before rushing out. Local restaurant owner Jack Applebee said he saw people running down the street and heard a female voice shout "they're stabbing everyone." Pictured: Luka Milacic and Jenalyn Saraza, Canadians who where close to the Borough Market and said they heard gunshots.
Applebee turned and saw three men wearing belts or vests with packets around the belly. As they dived under tables, he said, they heard 10 to 15 gunshots. Police stormed in and helped escort people out. Pictured: Armed police officers stand guard at the perimeter cordon on June 4.
In the aftermath, police announced the two incidents at London Bridge and Borough Market were "terrorist incidents" and warned people to avoid the area while emergency vehicles responded to the attacks.
Giving a fuller account on Sunday, police said three men leapt out of the van at London Bridge, brandishing knives and ran towards Borough Market, clarifying that the two locations were part of the same attack.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, pictured, said some of the 48 people hospitalized in the incident were in critical condition.
French President Emmanuel Macron, pictured, said French citizens were among the casualties, but did not provide specifics.
One of the victims was from Canada, according to a statement from the country's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured recently in Berlin.
British Prime Minister Theresa May claimed there was "too much tolerance" of Islamist extremism in the UK as she vowed a clampdown in the wake of the third terror attack to hit the UK this year.
Police carried out raids Sunday morning in Barking, east London, making 12 arrests.
Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, pictured, said Sunday that eight officers fired 50 shots at three attackers, to ensure they were neutralized.