Published: Sun, June 04, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Outrage and solidarity over 'cowardly' London attacks


They then emerged and attacked some of the people they had hit with the van before heading to Borough Market, where the pubs and restaurants were packed with Saturday night crowds, including many watching the Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid in Cardiff.

London authorities were investigating reports that a vehicle had hit pedestrians on London Bridge and of reports of an incident at nearby Borough Market.

The Manchester bombing on May 22 was the deadliest attack in Britain since July 2005, when four British Muslim suicide bombers killed 52 people in coordinated attacks on London's transport network.

"We believe three people were involved, but we still have got some more inquiries to do to be 100 percent confident in that", assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that the "terrible incident" in London is being treated as a "potential act of terrorism".

Witnesses described people running into a bar to seek shelter.

The Australian government has condemned the "shocking" attacks on London and expressed "resolute solidarity" with Britain in support for the victims of twin incidents.

It is the third terrorist atrocity in Britain in less than three months after the Westminster and Manchester attacks in March and May.

Six people have been killed and three suspects shot dead by police after terror attack at London Bridge and Borough Market, local police said early Sunday.

--Pictures have been circulating showing a suspect on the ground in the market; he appears to have canisters strapped to his body.

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"They kept coming to try to stab me".

BBC reporter Holly Jones, who was on London bridge, said the van was driven by a man and was "probably travelling at about 50 miles an hour". Many of these people risked their own safety to help others and treat those seriously injured. "I could see it hitting people", he said of the van.

Within eight minutes of the first calls to the emergency services, the three assailants were fatally shot by armed police.

An SNP spokesperson said: "All of our thoughts are with those affected by the awful events in London. It's clear to me that the courage of those people during and following the attack was extraordinary and I pay tribute to all of them".

A married couple, Ben and Natalie, near the Borough Market attack told BBC Radio they saw someone stabbed with a large knife then the attacker "boldly" strolled away. After that attack, Britain's official terrorism threat level was raised from "severe" to "critical", meaning an attack may be imminent.

Both incidents were declared "terrorist incidents" by police.

Ms Dick said police have "very good" resources and "extraordinarily highly-trained people" but attacks are hard to predict.

Saturday night's attack on London Bridge, which left 6 killed and dozens injured, came just days ahead of the election. They asked Londoners to "remain calm but be alert and vigilant".

In a series of tweets the morning after the London Bridge atrocity, Mr Trump said it was time to "stop being politically correct", adding: "At least seven dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'"

A taxi driver called Chris told LBC said he saw men armed with foot-long knives after a van drove on to the pavement.

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