The State Department has soundly decried the terrorist attacks perpetrated Saturday evening in London, which have resulted in multiple fatalities.
“The United States condemns the cowardly attacks targeting innocent civilians in London this evening,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement. “We understand UK police are currently treating these as terrorist incidents. The United States stands ready to provide any assistance authorities in the United Kingdom may request.”
“Our hearts are with the families and loved ones of the victims,” Nauert continued. “We wish a full and quick recovery to those injured in the attacks. All Americans stand in solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom.”
The attacks on Saturday began on the London Bridge, when a white van veered off the street and onto the sidewalk, plowing into pedestrians, at which point a number of men left the vehicle and went on a stabbing rampage. A terror attack also occurred nearby at Borough Market.
An eyewitness told BBC that the men stabbing people on the London Bridge shouted: “This is for Allah.”
There are a number of confirmed fatalities, but the exact number remains unknown.
Police in London quickly classified the events as terror attacks, and while pro-ISIS accounts on Twitter and elsewhere on social media have praised the attacks, ISIS has not officially claimed responsibility.
The Department of Homeland Security also released a statement Saturday evening, saying it is “closely monitoring” the situation and added that “we have no information to indicate a specific, credible terror threat in the United States.”
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