An eyewitness described a scene of violence and disorder on London Bridge, where one of two police-described “terrorist incidents” took place in the city of London on Saturday night.
The eyewitness told the BBC that a van veered from side to side along the bridge, slamming into groups of people, and even throwing one woman “20 feet in the air.”
The eyewitness described injured people lining the bridge in the wake of the van’s path. According to the London Ambulance Service, at least 20 people have been taken to six hospitals following the London Bridge incident. The BBC is reporting that more than one person has died.
The van allegedly plowed into a bus stop and hit a bus, the eyewitness told the BBC.
Ten minutes later, the witness said, gunfire crackled south of the bridge, in the nearby Borough Market.
Additional eyewitnesses described multiple stabbings at Borough Market to the BBC, with one man saying that he saw another man stab a victim twice with a long knife.
Another eyewitness told the BBC that three attackers were armed with knives, and one of them had canisters strapped to his body.
The same witness described seeing a woman fall to the ground after being stabbed by one of the attackers.
One man told The Associated Press he was finishing dinner in Borough Market when a woman “came running in and said there was a person out there wielding some kind of knife. … The manager of the restaurant herded everybody together and took us upstairs to the staff quarters and we sat there for an hour and a half during which time we heard three separate volleys of gunfire, quite well-timed apart. They weren’t very quick. There was one series, then another, then another.”
Later the man said they were told to leave the restaurant. “We had to run out with our hands on our heads and just keep running,” he told the AP.
A photo posted by a Twitter user named Brad Myers shows bystanders staring down the bridge at the aftermath of the attack, and what appears to be injured people can be seen laying on the ground in the background.
Here is a picture of the afternath pic.twitter.com/ZaGbkoZxXE
— Brad Myers (@bradnolesbest) June 3, 2017
Video posted on social media also showed a row of ambulances streaming away from the scene of the incidents.
In a statement, United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the incidents are “being treated as a potential act of terrorism.”
“This is a fast-moving investigation,” she said. “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.”
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, May’s opposition, called the incidents “brutal and shocking.”
“My thoughts are with the victims and their families. Thank you to the emergency services,” Corbyn wrote on Twitter.