‘Brutal and shocking’: First reactions & videos of London Bridge terror attack
The Metropolitan police provided regular updates throughout the evening, calling for calm and vigilance as they responded to the major security incident before later confirming that the incidents at London Bridge and Borough Market were, in fact, being treated as terrorist attacks.
Armed police were called to evacuate and secure multiple tube stations, including the Bank station, as part of their security operation.
Meanwhile, footage emerged of London police ordering patrons in bar in the Borough Market area to get on the ground and take cover.
London bridge bar now. Police everywhere pic.twitter.com/0gWH9jhgdX— James Yates (@Yatesy17) June 3, 2017
Videos were also posted online showing ambulances on scene at London bridge and at Borough Market.
London Bridge and Borough Market were cordoned off to a distance of roughly 500m, according to local reports.
This footage offers a bird’s eye view of the unfolding scene at London Bridge on Sunday morning:
In the aftermath of the attack, London Mayor Sadiq Khan issued a statement describing the incident as a “cowardly terrorist attack.”
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn was quick to express his condolences for the victims’ families and his gratitude for the work of the emergency services.
Brutal and shocking incidents reported in London. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. Thank you to the emergency services.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 3, 2017
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he was also monitoring the situation.
Following latest #London incidents with horror. Thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Please stay safe.— Jean-Claude Juncker (@JunckerEU) June 3, 2017
US President Donald Trump wasted no time in offering support to the UK and the British people in the aftermath of three incidents in London Saturday. He also seized the opportunity to push his travel ban once again.
We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2017
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also took to Twitter offering information for Canadians in London to check in and stating that he was monitoring the situation.
Awful news from London tonight. We're monitoring the situation - Canadians in need of help please see below: https://t.co/NVHwMlD2uu— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 3, 2017
US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert encouraged any US citizens affected by the situation in London to contact their families and US authorities.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon gave her condolences to the families of the victims.
Dreadful news from London. My thoughts are with all those affected.— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) June 3, 2017
Outgoing Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny expressed solidarity with the UK and confirmed that the Irish Embassy in London was also monitoring the situation for any Irish citizens that may have been affected.
Terrible news coming from London - we stand with our close neighbours again tonight. @IrelandEmbGB monitoring the situation.— Enda Kenny (@EndaKennyTD) June 3, 2017
We are monitoring this situation in London. Please follow the advice of the local authorities. https://t.co/IWdIkxPiFZ— Embassy of Ireland (@IrelandEmbGB) June 3, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed his country's solidarity with the UK.