At least seven people have been killed and three suspects shot dead after a vehicle veered off the road and mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge and gunshots rang out amid reports of knife attacks. British authorities said the twin strikes were being treated as ‘terrorist incidents’.
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Jun 4, 2017 3:17 pm (IST)
UK Prime Minister Theresa May makes a public statement after the Twin attack in London
* 3 attackers wore fake explosive vests to spread panic and fear.
* 7 dead in London attack; many of 48 injured in the hospital have life-threatening conditions.
* Police have disrupted 5 credible plots in last few months.
* British prime minister calls for tougher stance at home against extremists.
* Campaigns will resume on Monday and the general election will be held Thursday.
* Recent attacks bound together by the evil ideology that says Western values incompatible with Islam.
Jun 4, 2017 3:09 pm (IST)
Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester event will go on
Manchester Police say security will be increased for the highly-anticipated Ariana Grande benefit concert later Sunday. The One Love Manchester event will take place as planned but with extra protection. Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said on Sunday there will be additional security checks and everyone will be searched at the Manchester event. Armed police will also attend. Grande was performing when a bomber attacked her Manchester Arena concert on May 22, killing 22 people. She will be joined at Sunday's benefit by Katy Perry, Cold Play, Justin Beiber and others.
Jun 4, 2017 3:05 pm (IST)
London attack 'shocking in its cruelty', says Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the London Bridge attack is "shocking in its cruelty and cynicism." Putin made the statement in a telegram of condolences on Sunday to British Prime Minister Theresa May, according to the Kremlin website. The statement said Putin "expressed his confidence that the response to the incident should be the escalating of joint efforts in the fight against the forces of terror around the world." Russia has suffered many attacks over the past two decades, most recently the April 3 suicide bombing on a St. Petersburg subway train that killed 16 people.
Jun 4, 2017 3:04 pm (IST)
UK Independence Party Wont Suspend Campaign
The right-wing UK Independence Party has broken with other parties by announcing it will continue its general election campaign despite the terrorist attack. Party chief Paul Nuttall said Sunday that a second disruption to the campaign similar to the one that followed the Manchester attack on May 22 is "precisely what the extremists would want us to do." He said that could lead to more attacks. Most parties have suspended campaigning before the June 8 general election.
Jun 4, 2017 2:46 pm (IST)
Death toll rises to 7
Seven people are confirmed to have died in an attack by three assailants who drove a van at pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing people in the nearby Borough Market area, London's Metropolitan Police chief Cressida Dick said on Sunday. “It has now been confirmed sadly that seven members of the public have died. In addition, as you know, we believe, three suspects are dead,” she said in a televised statement.
French President Emmanuel Macron says French citizens are among the wounded in Saturday's London attack.
In a statement on Sunday denouncing the "abominable and cowardly" attack, Macron said France will continue fighting "terrorism with all our strength alongside Britain and all other countries concerned."
Macron said French authorities would work to help the French victims and increase security for French voters in London casting ballots in legislative elections starting Sunday "to show the force of democracy in the face of enemies of freedom." London has a large French population and attracts many French visitors. French people were also among those injured in the attack on Westminster Bridge in March. France is still under a state of emergency after a string of Islamic extremist attacks.
Jun 4, 2017 12:37 pm (IST)
Angela Merkel expresses solidarity with London
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expressing solidarity with the people of London following the attacks in the British capital. Merkel said in a statement Sunday that she learned with "sadness and dismay" of the attacks in the London Bridge area Saturday night. She said that "today, we are united beyond all borders in horror and sorrow, but also in determination." She stressed that "in the fight against every form of terrorism, we stand firmly and with determination at Britain's side."
Jun 4, 2017 11:40 am (IST)
UK politicians suspend national campaigning after London attack
British politicians have suspended national campaigning for Thursday's parliamentary election after an attack in London which killed six people, ITV political editor Robert Peston said on Twitter. "As of now, politicians to suspend national campaigning today, but local campaigning to continue," Peston tweeted. Theresa May's Conservative Party and the opposition Labour Party could not immediately be reached for comment. (reports Reuters)
Jun 4, 2017 11:36 am (IST)
Celebrities react to London twin terror attacks
Singers Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, actors Mandy Moore and Debra Messing among others are sending their prayers to people of London after the two terror attacks killed six people and injured 30 others. The attacks that took place at London Bridge and Borough Market comes just days ahead of the general election on June 8.
Bette Midler shared, "More sorrow and grief at the hands of madmen in London. Men and religion are worthless."
Elijah Wood exclaimed, "Oh, London. My heart is with you."
"Wishing for everyone's safety. Got mad love for people of London. Thank you, my dear family & friends, for your love and concern. #LondonBridge" added Rosie Perez.
Jun 4, 2017 11:25 am (IST)
Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley made the following statement regarding the London Bridge & Borough Market incidents
London's ambulance service said it had taken 48 people to hospitals across the British capital after an attack which killed six people late on Saturday. "We took 48 patients to five hospitals across London and treated a number of others at the scene for minor injuries," Peter Rhodes, London Ambulance Service's assistant director of operations, said in a statement on Sunday.
Praying for London: Ariana Grande reacts to terror attacks
American singer Ariana Grande has reacted to the twin terror attacks in London today, in which at least six people were killed and 30 others injured. The attack comes just two weeks after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at Grande's concert in Manchester. The singer, who was preparing for today's charity concert that she had organised to raise funds for those affected by the Manchester Arena attack, tweeted, "Praying for London." Grande, 23, has been in Manchester in recent days visiting the injured and families of those killed in the attacks.
Jun 4, 2017 10:26 am (IST)
Sanya Burgess, a digital news editor at the Sunday Times, posted images on Twitter which show police vehicles near Borough Market on Sunday morning.
So much respect to the men and women who came out to protect us and are still on the streets protecting us this morning pic.twitter.com/lUi8SDrffe
British Transport Police office have issued a statement that one of their officers was injured as he was responding to the terrorist incident at London Bridge last night (Saturday 3 June 2017). The officer was on duty and one of the first on the scene after he responded to calls for help from the public. He received injuries to his head, face and leg, which, at this time, are believed to be serious but not life-threatening. He is currently being treated in a central London hospital and his family are with him while he receives treatment. At this stage, we are not aware of any other BTP officers being injured in the incident.
Jun 4, 2017 10:10 am (IST)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau toot to Twitter after the Twin attack in London that killed 6 people and injured at least 30.
"Awful news from London tonight. We're monitoring the situation - Canadians in need of help please see below"
Awful news from London tonight. We're monitoring the situation - Canadians in need of help please see below: https://t.co/NVHwMlD2uu
The three assailants shot dead by police after stabbing several people in the Borough Market area of London were wearing fake suicide vests, police said Sunday. "The suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later established to be hoaxes," Britain's head of counter-terrorism Mark Rowley said.
"These acts of violence were truly shocking and I condemn them in the strongest terms." Muslim Council issued a statement after the London terror attack where a van at high speed drove into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing on the street and in bars in the nearby Borough Market area.
This is the third terror attack in the UK in as many months. On 22nd May, 22 people were killed and 116 injured in a suicide bombing at Ariana Grande's pop concert at Manchester Arena. The attacker, identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, detonated a home-made bomb in the arena's foyer as crowds were leaving a performance by US singer Ariana Grande late in the evening.
On 22nd March, six people died, including the attacker, and at least 50 people were injured in an attack near the Houses of Parliament. Attacker Khalid Masood first drove his car at pedestrians on the pavement on Westminster Bridge before crashing into a perimeter fence. Masood, armed with a knife, then left the vehicle and ran towards Parliament, where he was shot dead by police.
Jun 4, 2017 8:43 am (IST)
The witness, who was doing a night photography class on London Bridge, where a van drove at high speed into pedestrians, said he saw the van veering on and off the pavement on the bridge. "It looked like he was aiming for groups of people. I froze because I didn't know what to do," Mark Roberts, a 53-year-old management consultant, told Reuters. "It was horrendous."
"I was thinking: Which way do I run to get away?" he said, adding that the van then veered onto the other side of the bridge before hitting a girl. "I immediately thought this was the Westminster attack all over again."