Police officers and members of the emergency services attend to a person injured in an apparent terror attack on London Bridge in central London on June 3, 2017 © AFP Daniel SORABJI

Seven people have been confirmed dead in what is believed to be a terror attack in a popular nightlife hub in London on Saturday night.

Reports say three assailants stabbed passers-by at random after smashing into pedestrians in a van before being shot dead by armed police.

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As a result, Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative party suspended campaigning for this week’s general election.

This attack comes less than a fortnight after 22 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester.

“It has now been confirmed sadly that seven members of the public have died,” the chief of London’s police force Cressida Dick told reporters early Sunday, raising the toll from six victims earlier.

Meanwhile, 48 people have been rushed to hospitals in the area, according to the London Ambulance Service.

As they rampaged through the bars around London Bridge,

Mark Rowley, head of counter-terrorism policing said the attackers wore what looked like suicide vests which turned out to be “hoaxes”.

“They were stabbing everyone. They were running up and going ‘This is for Allah’,” a man called Gerard told the BBC, adding that he had seen the assailants stabbing a girl and had tried to confront them.

Another witness called Eric told the BBC he had seen three men come out of a white van after hitting pedestrians and thought they were going to help.

But instead they “started kicking them, punching them and took out knives. It was a rampage really,” he said, adding that he also heard a shout of: “This is for Allah”.