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Police at the London Bridge on Saturday night.

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Three men armed with knives and driving a white van unleashed a terrorist attack in London on Saturday night. Here is what is known so far.

What We Know

• Seven people were killed and dozens injured in the attack near the London Bridge and Borough Market areas of London.

• The police said in a statement that the three attackers, who were later found to be wearing fake explosive vests, were shot and killed.

• On Sunday, the Metropolitan Police said officers had made 12 arrests in the east London neighborhood of Barking.

• Britain’s leader, Theresa May, vowed a sweeping review of the nation’s counterterrorism strategy after the late-night assault.

• In the attack, the men drove a vehicle onto the sidewalk on London Bridge, striking several pedestrians, around 10 p.m. local time, according to London’s Metropolitan Police Service.

• The police said the vehicle left London Bridge and drove to nearby Borough Market, where the suspects got out and began stabbing people, including an on-duty British Transport Police officer who was responding to the scene at London Bridge. The police said he received serious but not life-threatening injuries.

• The police said they shot and killed the three male suspects in Borough Market within eight minutes of receiving the first reports of an incident on London Bridge.

• Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, called the attacks “a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners and visitors to our city enjoying their Saturday night.”

• The police urged people to evacuate the area or shelter in place while they responded to the attacks. Video of police officers instructing patrons at a restaurants to hide under their tables spread widely online and on news channels.

• The London Ambulance Service said in a statement that it transported 48 patients to five hospitals across the city. 21 people remained in critical condition on Sunday.

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Terrorist Attacks at the Center of London

A van mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge, and it was reported that people were stabbed at the nearby Borough Market.


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The British leader vowed a sweeping review of the nation’s counterterrorism strategy after the late-night assault, the third in less than three months.



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• London Bridge was shut down after the attack. The British Transport Police said on Twitter that it would remain closed all night. The police asked people to avoid the area around both London Bridge and Borough Market.

• London police said they also responded to a third incident, a stabbing, near Vauxhall, an area some distance from London Bridge and Borough Market. That incident was believed to be unrelated to the terrorist attacks, the police said.

• Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, said that one victim was Canadian and France’s foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said that another was French.

• President Trump sent out multiple messages on Twitter on Sunday, for which others criticized him.

On Saturday, he had expressed the United States’ support for Britain, while in another post he appeared to leverage the incident as evidence for the need for his so-called travel ban.

What We Don’t Know

• The identities of the three dead attackers have not been publicly released. We do not know what organization, if any, they may have been affiliated with.

• We do not know the identities of the people killed in the attack.

• We do not know if these attacks are related to the suicide bombing in Manchester late last month, which killed 23 people, including the bomber.

• We do not know what weapons were used in these attacks, though there are reports of at least one man with a knife.

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