Car 'ploughs into 20 people on London Bridge'
Five jihadi terrorists shouting 'this is for Allah' have reportedly killed seven people and left dozens more injured in a horrific rampage around two locations in central London.
The men, described as being 'of Mediterranean origin', mowed down up to 20 people with a white van at 50mph on London Bridge on Saturday night, then began 'randomly stabbing' revellers with 12-inch hunting knives.
One person has been killed at London Bridge - and one of the casualties is reportedly a police officer.
The terrorists also stormed busy pubs and restaurants in the nearby Borough Market, where a man was reportedly stabbed five times in the chest. A 'dark-skinned' man in a red tracksuit 'calmly' stabbed a man three times, a witness said.
The gang had metal canisters strapped to their chests and two were reportedly shot dead by armed police. A search is underway for the three other men. One man has been arrested on Borough High Street.
Two men thought to be the terrorists have been pictured lying on the ground after they were shot by police outside the Wheatsheaf pub in Borough Market.
One of the men suspected of being an attacker was pictured lying on the ground after he was shot by the police outside the Wheatsheaf pub in Borough Market. Another man was seen lying on the ground a short distance away.
50 armed police entered Monument station with police dogs and bystanders were told to run. Bank and Monument tube stations have been closed. There are also unconfirmed reports of gunfire on Southwark Street.
Terrifying footage from the scene shows police officers shouting 'Clear the scene now!' as panicked pedestrians flee. London Ambulance said multiple resources were attending the area.
The car that the three men were in have veered in an 'S shape' across the bridge and drove towards the Shard and was south of the river. There are unconfirmed reports that it is a B&Q and Hertz van.
One woman said she saw three people with what appeared to be their throats cut at London Bridge. There are also reports that a bystander was shot in the head in the crossfire and at least seven people have been stabbed.
'The men said this is for Allah as they left the van and attacked victims. There were definitely three people sitting at the front of the van,' London Bridge eyewitness Eric Seguenzo told BBC News.
He added: 'I thought the van was travelling on wrong side of the road, as though the brakes had failed. The white van had yellow stripes, veered to the right and people tried to jump out the way.'
It has been reported that an SAS helicopter has been deployed to central London. A black unmarked helicopter was pictured at London Bridge.
Police are advising people who live within the London Bridge cordon to stay somewhere else tonight if they can.
Another witness said: 'No one hurt from van impact but as the men got out the van they started kicking, punching and stabbing victims they ran over. It was a rampage.'
The bridge is in lock down and the area around it is closed with bus routes being diverted, as armed police and a bomb squad attend the scene and boats search the Thames for bodies - amid reports that people were pushed into the water.
One witness reported seeing a van crash into a lamppost by the Barrowboy and Banker pub past the bridge.
She added: 'Just trying to get away at the moment. There are no trains leaving so we're just panicking a little.'
A bystander said a friend was in Applebee's Restaurant in Borough Market when suddenly the waiters pulled down all the shutters.
'They looked outside and saw two men lying dead in the street, one had what looked like a suicide vest on him. Police told everyone in the restaurant to stay inside, then a minute or two later they heard two or three shots fired.'
There were also claims that a topless man had been handcuffed and taken into custody.
Barman Alex Martinez was forced to take shelter in a bin when a knifeman stormed the Borough restaurant in which he worked.
He said: 'I remember that I was working behind the bar and one man entered into my restaurant and that's it - I remember about the third table, second one, next to the door, a man dropped everything and ran out.
London terror attack: London Bridge and Borough Market latest - at least two dead amid van attack, stabbings and gunfire