London was gripped by two acts of terror late Saturday — a van crashing into a crowd at London Bridge and a series of stabbings nearby, police confirmed — just the latest attacks to strike the United Kingdom in recent weeks.
“More than one” person was killed, the BBC reported. Police did not immediately confirm any numbers of dead or injured. Video broadcast on the BBC showed a man on the ground apparently with canisters strapped to him.
In addition, a series of explosions rang out in the area — possibly controlled blasts from police, according to reporters there.
Less than two hours after the bridge attack, police warned they were responding to an “incident” in the Vauxhall area, more than a mile away, but confirmed early Sunday it was an unrelated stabbing.
Prime Minister Theresa May and President Trump were briefed with updates.
The prime minister is set to lead a meeting of the government emergency response committee Sunday, British officials added. President Trump tweeted: “Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U. K., we will be there – WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!”
“We stand ready to provide all possible consular assistance should we become aware of any affected U.S. citizens,” a State Department official told Fox News. “We strongly encourage U.S. citizens in the United Kingdom to directly contact concerned family members in the United States to advise them of your safety.”
“We are working with our interagency partners and foreign counterparts to gain further insight into reported attacks against civilians on London Bridge and in the surrounding area,” the Department of Homeland Security told Fox News.
“We’re monitoring the situation in London and we’re in touch with British authorities,” New York Police Department spokesman J. Peter Donald said.
Transportation officials said the busy London Bridge station has been closed at the request of police; two additional stations also were closed.
An eyewitness told Sky News he saw people who seemed to have been run over and people being placed in an ambulance covered in blankets.