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Witnesses tell of how London attackers ‘slit throats and stabbed people’

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Witnesses have described frightening scenes from the London attack on Saturday, which involved three attackers allegedly stabbing pedestrians after running over 20 people with a white van on London Bridge.

Six victims were killed in the attack. The armed British police shot dead the three attackers.

Alex Shellum was nearby Mudlark pub with his girlfriend at the time of the attack.

“At around 22:00 BST an injured woman came into the pub seeking assistance,” he told the BBC.

“She was bleeding heavily from the neck -- it appeared that her throat had been cut. People sought to stem the bleeding and the pub was closed.”

He said that people immediately went to her aid and the pub was closed. He added that he saw another person being given CPR.

Mathew Jackson, 23, was out with his friends when he received a call from his girlfriend.

He told The Sun, “She phoned me in tears saying she’d just seen a man have his throat slit in a bar near London Bridge.

“She was screaming and crying, I was so worried.

“Then her phone cut out and I’ve not been able to speak to her since.

“It’s absolutely terrifying, I’m just desperate for any information.”

A chef from the nearby Fish restaurant said, “I saw two guys with big knives downstairs outside Roast. They were stabbing people. The police were running away, they were community police. They were normal officers, they were running away.

“The guy with the knife was killing two people. We were shouting ‘stop, stop’ and people threw chairs at them. Police came and shot straight away.”

Another staff member at Fish said, “I saw two people in Breadhead bakery, they had blood on them, they were civilians. I never expected to see this happen here.”

Gerard Vowls, 47, was watching the Champions League final at the Ship pub in Borough. He was at the start of the south side of London Bridge where he told The Guardian he saw a woman being stabbed by three men.

“I want to know if this girl is still alive,” he said. “I’ve been walking around for an hour and a half crying my eyes out. I don’t know what to do.”

Liam, who was in a flat above Southwark Tavern next to London Bridge, told BBC Radio 5 Live, “We heard people screaming and we looked out and I saw people running down into the underground, and simply running in any direction they could.

“The restaurant opposite had been completely smashed up, and a crowd of people were pointing into the market saying ‘he’s down there’.

“They got the attention of what looked like an armed police car, and pointed down Borough Market.

“The car screeched in that direction and we heard what sounded like five or six very loud gun shots.”

A man has claimed the three attackers shouted “This is for Allah!” while stabbing people.

The apparent witness, called Eric, was speaking live on the BBC when he made the claim a short time ago.

He was describing the men as having jumped out of the van before knifing people at random.

As far as the Mirror is aware, this is the first and only claim so far that the attackers shouted “This is for Allah.”

(With Reuters)