Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Police make 12 arrests in connection with London attack: statement

London's Southwark Bridge has also been closed as a precaution.

Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday condemned "Islamic-inspired" extremism following Saturday's devastating terrorism attack in London that left seven dead and 48 hospitalized.

The Metropolitan Police say they are dealing with an incident on the bridge, and have armed officers on the scene.

The trio were pictured wearing what appeared to be explosive vests, with Scotland Yard later confirming they were hoaxes.

Witnesses described a white van careering into pedestrians near London Bridge and knocking over several people.

Another witness called Gerard said the suspects stabbed a series of people near Borough Market and shouted, "This is for Allah". We went towards Borough Market and everyone went inside (the bar).

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The vehicle and knife attack killed seven people in a busy section of London late Saturday and wounded about 50 people.

"The situation is still unfolding and I would ask all Londoners and visitors to our city to remain calm and vigilant", the statement said. "If we don't get smart it will only get worse", Trump tweeted.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick earlier told reporters: "We believe the threat that they posed was neutralised".

"(The man) said he had been stabbed in the neck and I was holding his bandage and wound while he was talking to the police".

It was raised to the most serious rating of critical in the days after the Manchester bombing, before returning to the second highest level of severe last weekend. It was subsequently dropped to 'severe, ' meaning an attack was still likely but not imminent.

MI5 is managing around 500 active investigations involving 3,000 individuals at any one time, while a further 20,000 have been considered "subjects of interest" in the past.

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"In my view, we responded extremely this ghastly, ghastly incident".

"Did you notice we are not having a gun debate right now?"

There were several police vehicles outside a block of flats that had been cordoned off.

Large numbers of officers are at the scene as a thorough search is conducted to ensure "everyone has been accounted for". "Don't you - do you hear me?- don't you dare be afraid of terrorists". The attacker was gunned down by a police officer.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: "Our thoughts are with those who are caught up in these terrible events". "Everyone in the bar started pushing people from the exits", one witness who gave his name as Brian, 32, told Reuters. "That's because they used knives and a truck!" said Trump. Then he came in and walked around the restaurant.

May laid some groundwork for what the British government would do in the wake of the attack: "We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are".

Police arrest 12 people after London attack kills seven
The Sun's Ben Leo tweeted photos from the scene, writing, "Horrific scene at London Bridge . bodies strewn over the pavement". Police say they are working with Royal Naval Lifeboat Institution to evacuate public from the London Bridge incident.

Barman Alex Martinez was forced to take shelter in a bin when a one knifeman entered El Pastor restaurant.

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