As many as three different incidents, one described as terror-related, were developing in London late Saturday on London Bridge and nearby Borough Market and the Vauxhall area – the same weekend as pop star Ariana Grande was set to return to the United Kingdom for a benefit concert aimed at helping victims of the May 22 suicide bombing in Manchester, England.
The singer returned to Britain on Friday to comfort young victims who remain hospitalized.
However, despite these actions, seven civilians were killed and 48 wounded in the assault, including a civilian accidentally shot by police.
The three attackers were shot dead by police.
According to neighbours, the dead attacker lived there for about three years and was married with two children.
Police have arrested 12 people in the East London neighborhood of Barking.
May said the attack was driven by the same “evil ideology of Islamist extremism” behind last week’s Manchester suicide bombing that left 22 people dead, and the Westminster attack in March, which killed five.
Cressida Dick, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, visited injured officers in hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning.
As terrorism breeds terrorism and perpetrators are inspired to attack, not only on the basis of carefully constructed plots after years of planning and training, and not even as lone attackers radicalised online, but by copying one another and often using the crudest of means of attack.
When it stopped just south of the bridge, three men emerged with large knives and canisters attached to their military-style webbing and quickly moved south into the warren of backstreets around Borough Market, where they stabbed, punched and kicked further victims enjoying the area’s many bars and restaurants.
Khan said they would continue to highlight how terrorism has nothing in common with true Islamic teachings.
“I went ‘Oi, terrorists, cowards, Oi!'” he told The Associated Press. Lewis Bennett told the Guardian newspaper:”People started screaming and running out the back door”. The Westminster attack, carried out by a British convert to Islam, also made use of a vehicle to ram people on the bridge, and a knife for a subsequent stabbing rampage on the grounds of Parliament.
An Australian and four French nationals were among those hospitalized, their governments said, while a Spaniard was slightly wounded.
Police chiefs have hailed the “outstanding” bravery of a rugby-playing officer who took on the London Bridge murderers armed with only his baton. A Reuters photographer saw another raid take place in nearby East Ham.
“I told people to turn around and run away”.
“On each occasion we have seen both the worst and the best of humanity”.
Britain’s official terrorism threat level was raised from “severe” to “critical” after the Manchester attack, meaning an attack may be imminent.
Mr Morrison said he tried to avoid being stabbed by pushing the attacker off him, and “blood was going everywhere”. Most of the main political parties suspended election campaigning on Sunday, but May said this would resume on Monday.
The BBC showed a photograph of two possible attackers shot by police, one of whom had canisters strapped to his body.
Trump ended with: “Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? GOD BLESS!” Trump wrote on Saturday.
On Saturday, at 22:08 local time (21:08 GMT), a vehicle struck pedestrians on London Bridge. “I am heartbroken that a Canadian is among those killed”, Trudeau said in his statement. Three major London hospitals were on lockdown to keep patients and staff safe.