London Bridge Attack: 6 Killed, 48 Wounded; 3 Suspects Shot Dead by Police

LONDON — Six people died and nearly 50 were injured when a terrorist attack unfolded in the heart of the British capital on Saturday night.

Officials said a vehicle barreled into pedestrians on London Bridge, and then three attackers embarked on a stabbing rampage at nearby Borough Market.

The incident was reported at 10:08 p.m. (5:08 p.m. ET) on Saturday. Within eight minutes, all of the suspects had been fatally shot by officers, according to authorities.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said the three men were wearing what appeared to be explosive vests but they turned out to be fake.

He added that all of the attackers were believed to have been killed but added that it was early in the investigation.

One of the those stabbed was a British Transport Police officer, who suffered serious but non-life threatening wounds. Forty-eight people were taken to hospitals in London, the ambulance service said.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan described the incident as a “horrific terrorist attack,” adding: “This is a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners and visitors to our city enjoying their Saturday night.”

Gerard Vowls, 47, described witnessing people being stabbed, seeing blood, and realizing it wasn’t a “joke.”

He said: “I was going, ‘Everybody, run — they’re terrorists! terrorists! they’re killing everybody!’ and they’re going, ‘This is for Allah,’ and they’re just running around.”

The attacks on London Bridge and at the market come two months after a driver plowed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in what authorities have called a terror attack, and almost two weeks after a deadly suicide bombing outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

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Fabio Lamas was working at the Wheatsheaf Pub in Borough Market when he said he heard someone shout “knives, knives, knives” and he saw three people holding knives who appeared to be wearing body armor outside. A man moved to block the door, and people inside heard shooting outside, Lamas said.

Image: People are lead to safety on Southwark Bridge in London

People are lead to safety after Saturday’s attack.