Britain’s main Conservative and Labour parties suspended national campaigning Sunday for the upcoming general election on Thursday after seven people were killed in a terror attack in London.
“The Conservative party will not be campaigning nationally today. We will review as the day goes on and as more details of the attack emerge,” a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May’s center-right party told AFP.
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour party, added in a statement: “The Labour party will be suspending national campaigning until this evening, after consultations with other parties, as a mark of respect for those who have died and suffered injury.”
Three assailants stabbed passers-by at random after smashing into pedestrians in a van, killing seven people in a terror attack in a popular nightlife hub in London before being shot dead by armed police on Saturday night.
As they rampaged through the bars around London Bridge, the attackers wore what looked like suicide vests which turned out to be “hoaxes,” said Mark Rowley, head of counter-terrorism policing.
“We believe that six people have died in addition to the three attackers shot dead by police” in what is being treated as a “terrorist incident,” Rowley said. The toll was later raised to seven.
Forty-eight people were rushed to hospitals in the area, according to the London Ambulance Service.
The injured also included a police officer who was one of the first responders on the scene and was stabbed in the face and leg.
London mayor Sadiq Khan said some of those injured in terrorist attack were in “critical” condition.
French people are among the casualties from the London attack, the Elysee Palace said on Sunday without giving further details.
“France is doing everything it can to help,” the presidency said in a statement, adding that security would be tightened for expatriates voting in London Sunday in the upcoming French parliamentary election.
Police said the three attackers were shot by a police armed response team within eight minutes of receiving the first call at 10:08 pm (2108 GMT).
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.
It is the latest in a string of attacks to hit Europe, including in Paris, Berlin and Saint Petersburg.
May was due to chair an emergency cabinet meeting on Sunday morning.
“Our thoughts are with those who caught up in these dreadful events,” May said in a statement.