Britain's main political parties suspend election campaign after London attack

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--Seven people have been killed during attacks in two closely connected areas of London on Saturday night which police have described as "terrorist incidents". Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Ops, Mark Rowley, said the assailants were wearing what looked like explosive vests which upon further investigation appeared to be fake.

Britain's Metropolitan Police said six people died and almost 50 others were injured Saturday in what officials are describing as terror attacks at London Bridge and a nearby market.

Britain is on high alert only 12 days after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at the concert in Manchester, northwest England, and ahead of the June 8 vote, in which security is a major theme.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May called the attack "dreadful" and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn said it was "brutal and shocking".

A van is reported to have ploughed into pedestrians on the bridge and people were reportedly stabbed at the popular food market in south London.

Another witness called Gerard said the suspects stabbed a series of people near Borough Market and shouted, "This is for Allah".

Lorna Murray, 44, told The New York Times that she was preparing to cross the bridge when her vehicle was stuck in traffic.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he did not advocate postponing the imminent election. Suspects left the vehicle and stabbed a number of people.

Hundreds of Londoners rushed to each others aid and even opened their homes to people affected by last night's terror attacks.

And then terror struck yet again at London's heart as a van smashed into pedestrians before its occupants went on a stabbing rampage, bringing bloodshed to the streets of the British capital.

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Roy Smith, a police officer who was at the scene during the unfolding emergency, expressed his shock on Twitter.

"A white van driver came speeding - probably about 50mph - veered of the road into the crowds of people who were walking along the pavement", she told BBC News.

Alex Shellum, who was in The Mudlark pub near London Bridge said he saw a young woman stagger in.

"It looked like he was aiming for groups of people", Mark Roberts, 53, a management consultant, told Reuters.

Another witness, who declined to be named, his white top covered in blood, described a scene of panic in the bar. "He hit about two people in front of me and then three behind".

"They were running in all the pubs and all the bars and they were stabbing everyone", he said. It was 30 minutes before police came to escort them out.

May will chair a meeting of the government's Cobra emergency committee later on Sunday in response to the tragedy.

A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel tweeted "Our thoughts are with the people in London". Five people died in that attack.

French President Emmanuel Macron denounced the "abominable and cowardly" attack and said France will continue fighting "terrorism with all our strength alongside Britain and all other countries concerned".

Vice President Mike Pence echoed this message, tweeting: "Our thoughts & prayers are w/ the victims, courageous first responders & all the people of London".

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