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'We grabbed our passports, we weren't ready for this': Australian tourist reveals the moment he was evacuated and told to 'run' in the wake of London Bridge terror attack

June 4, 2017 1:33 AM
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An Australian man staying in a hotel just metres from London Bridge has said he was evacuated and told to run by police after a terrorist attack at the tourist hot spot.

Zaven Jordan said he was awoken by a fire alarm on Saturday night, and headed outside to chaos.

'The police didn't give directions, they were yelling 'run!',' he told The Guardian.

An Australian man was evacuated from his London hotel on Saturday night and told to 'run!' by police following the terrorist attack on London Bridge (pictured: people fleeing the carnage following the attack)

Now out of his accommodation, the Australian man is wandering the streets, unable to get back in contact with the Novotel Southwark and unsure of where he needs to go.

London Bridge Station and the surrounding area has been evacuated by police after men described as being 'of Mediterranean origin', reportedly drove a van at about 80 kilometres an hour through pedestrian traffic on the Bridge, mowing down up to 20 people.

The men then jumped out and began 'randomly stabbing people' with 12-inch hunting knives along Borough High Street in central London at 10pm.

Police say the stabbing incident at Borough Market is related to the attack on London Bridge and have ruled both to be terrorist attacks.

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop told Sky News early reports suggest there were no Australians harmed in the attack.

London police are advising people caught up in the attacks to run to safety, turn their phones to silent and get in contact with authorities when they can.

Officers are also advising people who live within the London Bridge cordon to stay somewhere else tonight if they can.

If any Australians are concerned about family and friends and unable to contact them directly, call 1300 555 135, or +61 2 6261 3305 from outside of Australia, for consular assistance.


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