7 questions about the London terror attacks

Seven people are dead, some 48 injured following an attack that began with a speeding van on London Bridge running down pedestrians, and ended with stabbings in nearby Borough Market.

"We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are", May said in a televised statement in front of her Downing Street office.

Police initially said officers were also responding to a third incident, in the Vauxhall neighborhood, but later said that turned out to be an unrelated stabbing.

"Our priority now is to work with our colleagues in the national counter-terrorism police network and also with the intelligence agencies and other security services to establish more details about these individuals who carried out the attack and the background to it", she said.

The main opposition leader, Labour's Jeremy Corbyn, said Saturday's attacks were "brutal and shocking incidents", adding: "My thoughts are with the victims and their families".

Late Saturday evening, the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security issued a statement saying, "At this time, we have no information to indicate a specific, credible terror threat in the United States".

It was the third major attack in Britain in the past three months.

"Within my line of sight, there were five or six people on the ground that were not moving", he said.

As thousands of people flooded from the area of the attacks - many unable to get home with nearby subway stations shut - locals were quick to offer assistance.

Another witness, Brad Meyers, said he saw someone jump off the bridge into the water in order to escape being hit. During a German bomber offensive in 1940, George VI said it as well as anyone could: "It is not the walls that make the city, but the people who live within them".

Prime Minister Theresa May planned to chair an emergency security Cabinet session Sunday to deal with the crisis.

" Police said they responded to the incident on London bridge at 2208 hours (2108 GMT)".

Emergency services were seen treating people lying injured at the junction of Thrale Street and Southwark Street, near Borough Market.

The attackers brought carnage to the capital, stabbing a police officer and revellers with 12-inch knives - but police put a stop to the rampage in eight minutes.

He said: "This was a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners and visitors to our city enjoying their Saturday night". Masood, a Britisher, mowed down pedestrians in Westminster with his vehicle and stabbed a police officer outside the Parliament gate as he attempted to enter the building.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said: "Last night we saw another appalling and tragic incident in London, something we hoped we would not see again". He said he did not know how serious the injuries were.

"Policing in the United Kingdom continues to operate at a heightened state against the backdrop of a "severe" threat level, which has been in place since 2014, and means that an attack is highly likely". I want to express my huge gratitude to the police and emergency services who are on the scene. Frank, thanks so much for speaking with us.

Photos taken on site show that a possible attacker lay on the ground with canisters strapped to his body and dozens of people who were caught up in the attack were escorted to safety by police.

NPR's Frank Langfitt says that the bridge is closed in both directions and that officials are asking people to stay away from the area.

Another witness, Alex Shellum, said a young woman staggered into the Borough Market pub where he had been with his girlfriend and friends, her wounds suggesting her throat had been cut. And police are digging in, trying to find out what's happened, try to find the perpetrators and of course tend to the victims. He urged people to remain calm and vigilant.

The Manchester bombing on May was the deadliest attack in Britain since July 2005, when four British Muslim suicide bombers killed 52 people in coordinated assaults on London's transport network.

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