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How a taxi driver tried to knock down London attackers ‘armed with knives’

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A British taxi driver tried to knock down three London attackers allegedly armed with 12-inch knives, who stabbed pedestrians after running over 20 people with a white van on London Bridge.

The taxi driver saw the attack unfold in front of his eyes. He immediately spun around his vehicle and attempted to stop the terror.

“I thought, I am gonna try and hit him, I’m gonna try and knock him down,” the taxi driver, who did not reveal his identity, told London-based radio station LBC.

He added: “I spun the cab round, I was about to ram one of them, but he side-stepped and three police officers came running towards them with their batons drawn.

“I was shouting at everybody, just get away from the area, stay back, just run the other way. There were a good few hundred people out there.

“He's veered across the road towards the right hand of where Southwark Cathedral is and rammed it where the steps are.

“He just rammed it towards them, wedged it in between the lamppost and the steps and so he's hit people there … They've jumped out of the van and started stabbing people randomly. There was a scattering of people,” he said.

Armed British police shot dead the three attackers who reportedly stabbed people in the nearby Borough Market area.

The three assailants were wearing fake suicide vests.

Six victims were killed in the attack.

London’s ambulance service said it had taken more than 48 people to hospitals across the British capital.

(With Reuters)