Police raid flats where neighbours believe London Bridge attacker may have lived

"The three attackers were shot dead".

"Perpetrators are inspired to attack not only on the basis of carefully-constructed plots after years of planning and training - and not even as lone attackers radicalized online - but by copying one another and often using the crudest of means of attack". Britain was already on edge after a suicide bombing two weeks ago at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, in northwest England, that killed 22 people and injured dozens more.

The attack in central London came just a fortnight after a suicide bombing in Manchester left 22 dead and recalled an attack in March when a man drove a auto into pedestrians near the seat of Parliament, killing five.

In no time, four or five people were on the ground, dead or dying, witnesses told the media. Three men then got out of the vehicle with large knives and attacked people at bars and restaurants in nearby Borough Market until they were fatally shot by police.

Eight minutes. That is the length of time from the start of the London Bridge attack to the three terrorists being killed by armed police.

One of them barged into a crowded pub and repeatedly stabbed a young woman.

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They were heard shouting "This is for Allah" as they attacked people.

"I saw a young girl being stabbed in the chest", he told LBC radio.

"They had come out of the van and were coming at pace towards us". Among the foreigners attacked were two Australians, a New Zealander and his French girlfriend and some other French citizens. Lifeboats on the River Thames helped evacuate the area, which is popular with tourists.

Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick praised the "extraordinarily courageous actions by officers on and off duty first on the scene" who "ran towards the danger".

London Bridge Tube station and the London Bridge were closed from both directions.

People living in the area have said a photo of one of the attackers, none of whom have been named, resembled a man who lived in the flats.

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Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said: "We are treating this as a terrorist incident". "My thoughts are with the victims and those close to them".

"But violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process, so those campaigns will resume in full tomorrow and the general election will go ahead as planned on Thursday", the prime minister said.

Only the right-wing U.K. Independence Party, who had no members of Parliament in the 650-seat House of Commons before the election was called, declined to pause campaigning. Witnesses reported seeing as many as three attackers with knives.

The death toll has reached seven, and 48 were injured. Then came the Manchester horror.

Following the attack, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the threat level in the country is still "severe". "One of the things police and all of us need to do is make sure we're as safe as we possibly can be".

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