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London Police Confirm That Van Mowing Down Pedestrians Is A Terrorist Attack

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Metropolitan Police have declared the attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market Saturday as terrorist attacks.

Moments earlier, Prime Minister Theresa May released a statement, saying the van incident on London Bridge in which pedestrians were mowed down is being treated as a possible act of terror.

“Following updates from police and security officials, I can confirm that the terrible incident in London is being treated as a potential act of terrorism,” May said in a statement.

“This is a fast moving investigation,” May added. “I want to express my huge gratitude to the police and emergency services who are on the scene. Our thoughts are with those who are caught up in these dreadful events.”

The number of pedestrians mowed down on the London Bridge is still unclear, as some reports like The Daily Mail place the figure at 20, while the BBC says the number is much lower at five or six. However, one thing the police are clear about is that there are “multiple” fatalities.

The Islamic State has not claimed responsibility, but many ISIS-supporting accounts on Twitter have applauded the events at London Bridge and the reported stabbings at Borough Market.

May is set to chair an emergency response committee on Sunday. A spokesman for May said she is being fully updated by officials as events unfold.

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