>> Down, down.>> Police battling another attack in the British capital. Seven people killed and close to 50 injured in the incident near London Bridge. Suspected militants driving a van into pedestrians on the crossing, then leaping out to attack passers-by with knives. Armed police rushed to the scene and shot dead the attackers in Borough Market, near the bridge.
The three male attackers were wearing fake suicide vests, and they clearly aimed to cause mass casualties and mass panic. I'm Lucy Field, reporting for Reuters from outside Borough Market, a fashionable area famous for its pubs and bars. On a warm Saturday night, it was packed with revelers. Witnesses describe people trying to fight off the attackers with tables and chairs, others piled into the bars for safety.
Police say they're treating the incident as a terrorist attack. Earlier in the night, witnesses described what they saw.>> And how many people did you see them stab?>> I don't know. Three, maybe more. I mean, more than five of them.>> No, they don't care, they just stand up there.
The police was in front and they stand up.>> They surrendered, they submitted?>> No, no, no, no.>> They fought the police?>> Yeah.>> No claim of responsibility yet, though the attack bears all the hallmarks of Islamic State.>> It comes less than two weeks after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert in Manchester.
And it features the same method as March's vehicle and knife assault on Westminster Bridge. Earlier Saturday, the Islamist militants had urged supporters to launch attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Now, attention turns to preventing further incidents. With the general election due to take place on Thursday, tension will be running high across the country.