How British media reported London terror attacks

London Terror attack: A look at how British media reported on "carnage" at London Bridge

By: Express Web Delhi | New Delhi | Published:June 4, 2017 2:32 pm
London attack, UK attack, London terror attack, uk police, world news Police officers guard the approach to Southwark Bridge after an incident near London Bridge in London, Britain June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall

At least six people were killed and 48 others injured in a terror attack on late Saturday night in London, after a white van mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge and three attackers stabbed multiple people at Borough Market.

The suspects, after ploughing through the pedestrians, stepped out of the vehicle at the nearby Borough market and began stabbing revelers with knife. A transport officer was also stabbed and was seriously injured, police said. Police officials later gunned down the three suspects. The officials also classified the events as acts of terror.

The incident sparked nationwide panic in the UK, with the attack coming just four days before the General Elections. British PM Theresa May said that she will chair a COBRA meeting to discuss the attack.

Here is a look at how various British newspapers reported the incident:

The Sunday Telegraph

The Sunday Telegraph described the incident as “carnage” in a double-deck headline on its front page.  The report described the attacks as “coordinated” and also mentioned that the incident came just two weeks after suicide bombing in Manchester Arena. The headline also pointed towards the earlier attack with “terrorists strike again” written in single quotes.

Sunday Express

The Sunday Express also featured the image of London Bridge and with the headline, “Terror at London Bridge”, written in bold.  It claimed that the white van was travelling at 50 mph when it hit the pedestrians at the south end of the bridge. The report also carried eyewitnesses accounts who were present on the bridge when the attack took place.

The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times  report described the attack as “carnage” and also featured eyewitness accounts. The copy mentioned the two men whose image was leaked on social media, who were reportedly shot down by police and were wearing, what looked to be, “suicide vests”. The police later said that the images of the man wearing bomb vests were “hoaxes”. The image used on the front page shows civilians and authorities helping those who were injured.

The Mail

The Mail Front page featured just the image of two bodies on the pavement of Borough Market, which was leaked on social media, along with the question, “Were these the bridge killers?” A small box in the bottom corner describes Saturday’s night events as “shocking” and also mentions that one of the suspected terrorist appears to be wearing a “suicide vest”. The newspaper carried a detailed report on the incident in its inside pages.

The Sun

The Sun ran their copy saying that seven people were killed, much before the official death toll was revealed by authorities. The headline of the report described Saturday’s events as “London Bridge Terror”. In a small box on the front page, the report said that the attack was carried out by “a gang of five terrorists”, when police have officially said that only three suspected terrorists were behind the attack.

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    Zen Bhatia
    Jun 5, 2017 at 9:33 pm
    Who should be responsible for these weekly inhumane kil s in the Muslim and the Western world? Looking to the history of the last 50 years, I can pinpoint the main culprits are the Western world including America, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the oil kings, who had created Al Qaeda and provided military training, Wahabi ideology and arms to these terrorists to defeat Russia and topp established regimes allowing to use Afghanistan, stan and Syria for their training camps.
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      Jun 5, 2017 at 11:56 am
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        Jalal
        Jun 5, 2017 at 5:59 am
        Let us abuse Islam collectively with loud voice to curb Islamic terrorism. This is only effective way to stop terrorism. There is no need to find the cause of growth of terrorism in Islam. There were no acts of Islamic terrorism in any country 30 years before despite Islam, Muslims and Quran existing since 7th century AC. How come suddenly Quran became manual of terror and Muslims terrorist. There is need to tackle all terrorism firmly as well as think and find the root cause of the problem.
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          Pramod Sarhadi
          Jun 5, 2017 at 3:17 am
          Finally biggest supporter of Jehadis PM May has to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH A Lesson Learnt very bitterly
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            MyTake
            Jun 5, 2017 at 2:44 am
            Islam is incompatible with humanity! I wonder if there is any word to the word equivalent in the w Islamic literature! Can some one front Islamic background enlightened the rest? If there is not even such word then what "rights" in Islam or in relation to Islam we are talking about?
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              zakir shaikh
              Jun 5, 2017 at 3:50 am
              How you concluded your malecious Allegations on a particular religion? Did you find any proof in the above news that this attacks were done based on Islamic scripture? Open your mind brother...don't close your intellectual mind and rational thinking as these s Terrorist do. This blast is condemnable and your views on particular religion too
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              MyTake
              Jun 5, 2017 at 2:41 am
              Need to take the issue of terrorism seriously and and go on a proactive manner! How long it takes for a normal Islamists to get mad? 5 seconds after the Islamic urge! Specially after Friday "prayer" it even gets more serious - all the beheading in Arab land happens on Fridays after prayer - if one wants to call it a prayer!
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                Pramod Sarhadi
                Jun 5, 2017 at 3:14 am
                All the stone throwing in kashmir happens after friday prayers in Mosques there
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                k
                Jun 4, 2017 at 10:07 pm
                follow the rules and regulations of the holy quran and shariah law under the strict guidance of maulavi of saudi arabia, may be it save innocent life........
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                  Sanjay Bbsr M
                  Jun 4, 2017 at 8:47 pm
                  Ban all Muslims
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