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On Saturday night a vehicle struck several pedestrians on London Bridge and a number of persons were stabbed in Borough Market.

Seven people have been confirmed killed, in addition to the three attackers who were shot dead at the scene by armed police.

48 people have been injured and taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service, the Prime Minister said in a statement Sunday morning.

While police believe they have neutralised all of the attackers, a large cordon remains around London Bridge and Borough Market.

The identity of the attackers has not been confirmed.

World leaders responded to the attack on social media.

In the face of this tragedy, France is more than ever at the side of the United Kingdom. My thoughts go to the victims and their loved ones.

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel said:

Today we are united across borders in horror and mourning, but also in determination.

For Germany, I reiterate that in the fight against all forms of terrorism, we are resolutely at Britain's side.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said his "prayers and resolute solidarity" were with the UK.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was quoted by Russian media as saying via a spokesman that he:

sends his deepest condolences to Britons and condemns the terrorist act that happened several hours ago in London.

Numerous other heads of state responded by sending condolences.

President Donald Trump

President of the United States Donald Trump reacted to the attack at first by promoting his 'travel ban'.

In January President Trump signed an executive order banning all travel from seven Muslim majority countries (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen).

After extensive battles in the courts, the order was revised on 6 March.

This new executive order reduced the number of countries to six and removed travel restrictions for lawful US permanent residents.

This was then blocked again in the judicial branch.

Hours into the attack, while information about the attackers had not been released by the Metropolitan Police, the President tweeted:

He followed this minutes later with:

As journalist Matthew Yglesias pointed out, president Trump called for the 'travel ban' without knowing the nationality of the London attackers.

Moreover if the President did know their identities and nationalities through US-UK intelligence sharing, he may have inadvertently revealed information that the Metropolitan Police had not yet confirmed to the British public.

On Saturday night White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed the President had been briefed by National Security officials.

In a statement outside Downing Street on Sunday morning, the Prime Minister Theresa May referred to the recent terrorist attacks on British cities as being connected by 'the evil ideology of Islamist extremism'.

The nationality of the three dead attackers was not mentioned her statement.

The President was also chastised by NBC Nightly News after he retweeted an unconfirmed report about the London terror attack.

The president retweeted a post by right wing outlet Drudge Report. NBC Nightly News responded with this:

'Travel ban'

In addition to this, the president's choice of words 'travel ban' will create more legal head aches for his administration.

Previously the ban was struck down for being unconstitutional, at which point the president denied it was a 'travel ban'.

On Thursday night the Trump administration filed papers with the Supreme Court, asking it to reinstate the travel restrictions.

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