- Police believe 7 people are dead in addition to three attackers, following terrorist incidents at London Bridge and Borough Market in London.
- Police conducted a raid on a block of flats in Barking, a neighborhood in London, and arrested 12 people in East London.
- Last night, a white van mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge.
- Three attackers then emerged and began stabbing people at Borough Market.
- Several had their throats cut.
- Armed police responded with gunfire, killing the suspects.
- The entire incident took just 8 minutes.
- 48 people have been taken to five hospitals across the city.
- Prime Minister Theresa May made a strong statement condemning “Islamic extremism” and the internet services companies who give it “the safe space it needs to breed.”
- No group so far has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
- See dramatic photos from the scene here.
London police said seven victims and three suspects are dead following terrorist attacks Saturday evening, when attackers in a vehicle mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge and then stabbed passersby at the nearby Borough Market.
— Harry Yorke (@HarryYorke1) June 4, 2017
At least 48 people were taken to five hospitals across London, according to the London Ambulance Service.
Police believe they killed all of the attackers involved in the incidents, according to Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley. One suspect, seen in the image above, wore a close-cropped beard and wore an Arsenal away football shirt.
Rowley added that the scene is “complex” and authorities are still determining how events unfolded.
Police conducted a raid on a block of flats in Barking, London, on Sunday morning as part of that investigation, according to Sky News. The neighbourhood is home to many Muslims and it is common to see women wearing the burka there. Sky said the raid was on the home of one of the attackers. 12 people were arrested. Locals told Sky that they recognised a neighbour as the suspect who had been killed by police last night.
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 4, 2017
According to investigators, police first received reports of a vehicle striking pedestrians on London Bridge around 10:08 p.m. local time (5:08 p.m. ET), and the vehicle then drove to the nearby Borough Market just south of the bridge.
At that point, the three attackers — all of them male — left the vehicle and began stabbing people with what witnesses said were large knives. Armed officers then shot and killed the suspects in Borough Market.
Prime Minister Theresa May made a strong — and possibly controversial — statement this morning, condemning “Islamic extremism” and the internet services companies who give it “the safe space it needs to breed.”
“It is time to say `Enough is enough,'” May said. “When it comes to taking on extremism and terrorism, things need to change.” Read Theresa May’s full statement here.
US President Trump woke up this morning and tweeted a similar sentiment:
We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don’t get smart it will only get worse
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
He also criticised London Mayor Sadiq Khan:
At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
That’s not exactly what Khan said. Here is the mayor’s full message, in which he urges Londoners to remain calm:
We are all shocked and angry today – but this is our city. We will never let these cowards win and we will never be cowed by terrorism. pic.twitter.com/kcosumkdCR
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) June 4, 2017
Here is a look at the scene last night as it was ongoing:
— Yan (@YannisAcott) June 4, 2017
Some of the eyewitness accounts of the attack are terrifying.
Lewis Bennett was in The Globe pub at London Bridge. (The Globe is the building in which Bridget Jones’ flat is located in the movie.) He told The Guardian that one man came in dressed in a black robe, he carried a long, curved knife:
“Everyone gasped when he ran into the pub but he didn’t do anything at first, just stood still for about 10 seconds,” said Bennett. “But then he grabbed the knife and stabbed people closest to him. He stabbed people in the stomach and legs, I think about five or six people. People started screaming and running out the back door. He was shouting ‘Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar’ and he had a British accent.
“I went to go stand in the loo and I could hear all the screaming. I came back out and he was standing there right in the centre of the pub and all the blood was dripping from his blade.”
At 9.20 a.m. Cressida Dick, the commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police, gave an update on the attack:
It was “an appalling and tragic incident in London, something we hoped we would not see again,” Dick said.
She has “visited one of the hospitals where the injured are being treated.”
They “ran toward the danger as the incident unfolded. Many, many people risked their own safety to help others and to treat the injured, and indeed to confront the suspects involved,” she said. “The courage of those people during and after the attack was extraordinary. … I’m sure they helped to save lives.”
“Our officers confronted the suspects and brought this terrible incident to a conclusion within 8 minutes.”
“Seven members of the public have died. In addition, as you know, three suspects are dead. My current information is that 48 people have been injured. And 48 people were indeed taken to hospital for treatment.”
Armed police on St Thomas Street, London, near the scene of last night’s terrorist incident at #BoroughMarket