7 killed in addition to 3 assailants shot dead in UK attack

LONDON: Seven people have died in addition to the three attackers shot dead by police in the London Bridge and Borough Market attack Saturday night, Met's Counter Terrorism Command said.
Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley of Metropolitan Police said since late Saturday, the Metropolitan Police Service has been responding to incidents in the London Bridge and Borough Market areas of south London.
Attackers drove a van at high speed into pedestrians on London Bridge just after 10 p.m. on Saturday before continuing to drive from the bridge to Borough Market.
There, they jumped out of the van and stabbed people, including a British Transport Police officer who has serious but not life-threatening injuries to his face, head and leg, Sky news reported.
Within eight minutes, armed police confronted three male attackers, shooting them dead in Borough Market.
"We are treating this as a terrorist incident and a full investigation is already underway, led by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command," said Rowley.
"At this stage, we believe that six people have died in addition to the three attackers shot dead by police. And at least 20 casualties have been taken to six hospitals across London," he said.
"We believe three people were involved but we still have some more inquiries to be 100 percent confident of that," Rowley said.
Prime Minister Theresa May has returned to Downing Street for security briefings and will chair a meeting of the Government's emergency response committee later Sunday.
She said the "terrible incident" was being treated as a "potential act of terrorism." 
Pakistan has strongly condemned horrific act of terrorism in London in which at least seven people were killed and over 40 injured.
Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria in message on twitter Sunday said, "The government and people of Pakistan stand in solidarity with the government and people of Britain in this hour of grief."
Nafees Zakaria, on behalf of the government and people of Pakistan, offered condolences to the bereaved families.
"We are deeply shocked and saddened by the horrific act of terrorism in London in which, reportedly, six innocent people have been killed and dozens have sustained injuries," the message reads.
Pakistan said terrorism is a global menace and hence a common challenge that needs to be tackled with collective effort and cooperation.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has also strongly condemned the terrorist attack in London resulting in loss of precious lives and injuries to many.
In a statement denouncing the terrorist attack on Sunday, the Prime Minister said "we stand in solidarity with the people and government of United Kingdom."
He expressed condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of the injured.
He reiterated Pakistan's stance that terrorism is a global menace and as a common challenge it needs to be tackled with collective effort and cooperation. - NNI