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Attacks in London: What We Know and What We Don’t

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Police at the London Bridge on Saturday night. Credit Dominic Lipinski/Press Association, via Associated Press

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Authorities are responding to multiple attacks in London on Saturday night. Here is what is known so far.

What We Know

• Officers responded to reports of a vehicle having collided with pedestrians just after 10 p.m. local time on the London Bridge, according to London’s Metropolitan Police Service.

• The police said there were casualties on the bridge, which they shut down, with more than one person dead.

• Multiple witnesses have said a white van swerved onto the sidewalk and mowed down pedestrians. One witness said at least one man left the van and ran toward a nearby market, wielding a large knife.

• Officers have also responded to reports of stabbings in the nearby Borough Market, the police said. “Armed officers responded, and shots have been fired,” the authorities said.

• Theresa May, the British prime minister, said the authorities were treating the attacks “as a potential act of terrorism.”

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‘Potential Terror Attack’ in Two London Locations

The police closed London Bridge on Saturday evening after a white van mounted the sidewalk and mowed down pedestrians, according to a BBC reporter who was on the bridge at the time.

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• London police said that they were also responding to a third incident, a stabbing, near Vauxhall, which is south of the Thames but some distance away from London Bridge and Borough Market.

• The police said that the incidents at the London Bridge and Borough Market were declared to be terrorist incidents, but that the event at Vauxhall was not connected to the other attacks.

• A White House spokesman said that President Trump has been briefed by his national security aides on the unfolding events in London, but that American officials did not have any details beyond the media reports.

• Mr. Trump sent out multiple messages on Twitter about Saturday’s event. One expressed the county’s support while another appeared to leverage the incident as evidence for the need for his so called travel ban.

What We Don’t Know

• A motive.

• Who is responsible for the attacks.

• Exactly what weapons were used.

• The number of dead and injured.

Source: NYT > World

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