In a third terror attack since March in England, a white van swerved off the road and mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge late on Saturday night, leaving seven dead and injuring 48. The van then drove to the Borough area and, according to the police, three armed men jumped out of the vehicle and began attacking people with knives. The three suspects were shot dead by the police. He said the police are treating the two incidents as terrorist attacks. London Mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the attacks, describing them as “barbaric”.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has insisted that the country’s parliamentary elections will go ahead as planned on June 8, despite the terror attack in London that left seven people dead and 48 injured. She stated that violence should never be allowed to disrupt the country’s democratic process, adding that campaigning for the same will resume from the next day itself.
London terror attacks LIVE updates (IST):
5.50 pm: According to London Metropolitan police, 12 people have been arrested in connection with the attack. They also said all the arrests took place in Barking area of East London.
3.10 pm: Speaking outside Number 10, Prime Minister Theresa May said that there was “far too much tolerance of extremism in our country”.
Saying that the recent terror attacks in Britain were not connected, PM May said the country was experiencing a new trend as terrorism breeds terrorism and perpetrators are inspired to act.
“First thing is all these attacks are bound together by an evil ideology that is a perversion of Islam and perversion of the truth,” she said.
She called for a review of Britain’s counter-terrorism strategy. She says laws must be strengthened and longer sentences must be imposed for a few terror-related crimes.
“We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are,”she said outside 10 Downing Street.
May said the Conservative Party’s national campaign will resume in full from Monday. The election will go ahead as planned on Thursday, she said.
3.00 pm: Before the India vs Pakistan game got underway at the Edgbaston cricket ground, players and spectators observed a moment’s silence as a mark of respect to those affected by last night’s terror attacks in London.
2.45 pm: Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the “cruelty and cynicism” of the London attack and called for greater joint efforts in the fight against terror, the Kremlin said.
“Putin expresses his profound condolences for the British people and condemns the terrorist attack carried out hours ago in London,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian news agencies.
“This crime shocks with its cruelty and cynicism,” the Russian leader was quoted as saying later in a telegram to British Prime Minister Theresa May.
2.30 pm: Brexit Secretary, David Davis says it is “incredibly worrying” that this was Britain’s third terror attack in such a short period of time.
On the June 8 elections, Davis said he was not sure whether it could legally be postponed. “I think we’re locked in to June 8 election date,” he said.
The suspension of election campaign will be relatively brief, he added.
1.00 pm: Scotland Yard Commissioner Cressida Dick, briefing the press, said that the death toll now rose to seven. “Seven people have died in addition to the three suspects dead. My Current information is that 48 people are injured…,” she said.
“Our officers confronted the suspects and brought this terrible incident to a conclusion in eight minutes…
“We believe this incident is under control, however, a large cordon remains at the Borough area to carryout searches and make it safe…,” she added.
12.50 pm: Eyewitnesses told the BBC that the three attackers shouted “this is for Allah” before stabbing people at random.
The witness described how the attackers, brandishing knives, entered a bar and began attacking people.
“They literally just started kicking them, punching them, they took out knives. It was a rampage really,” he said. “They headed down towards Southwark Cathedral towards the bar, and starting running at people.
“People at the bar started fighting back. Then the three of them decided to make their way up to the bridge
“A woman was staring at them and they started stabbing her.
“Throughout the whole way across the bridge, there were people littered across bleeding. People were trying to help each other.”
12.30 pm: The BBC is reporting that the following streets have been cordoned off by the police.
# London Bridge
# Southwark Bridge
# Borough High Street
# Southwark Street
# Lower Thames Street
# King William Street
# Gracechurch Street
# Canon Street
Earlier, Southeastern Railways announced that train running on the network will not stop at the London Bridge station and Borough Tube Station as the stations are shut for the day.
11.45 am: London Mayor Sadiq Khan, addressing a press conference in Tooting, says “we are not going to be cowered by terrorism”.
Khan praised the emergency services for limiting the casualties to just six. “Emergency services acted heroically last night. As a result of their swift action fewer people have died than would otherwise have been the case,” he said.
Saying that the threat level remains “severe”, Khan asked people to remain calm and carry on with their work. “The threat level remains severe … means an attack across the country is still highly likely. Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the next few days … some of it armed officers,” he said.
When asked about the upcoming elections, Khan urged people to come out and vote. “I’m not an advocate of postponing the election, I’m a passionate believer in democracy … One of the things these terrorists hate is democracy,” he said.
11.30 am: The latest statement from the London Ambulance Service says that the number of injured admitted to five hospitals in London now stands at 48. A transport officer, who was one of the first to respond to the terror attacks, was stabbed by one of the three suspects. His injuries, however, are not life-threatening.
11.15 am: Prime Minister Theresa May has suspended her election campaign. She will be chairing a COBRA meeting later in the day. May was scheduled to address an election rally today. The United Kingdom will go to polls on June 8.
11.00 am: Saturday’s terror attacks in London saw residents and business establishments coming forward to help those who were affected by it. Using the hashtag #sofaforlondon on Twitter, several Londoners shared their address offering those stranded a place to spend the night. According to The Guardian, hotels and restaurants on the southern bank of Thames also provided people shelter and water.
10.24 am: Sunday Times’ digital news editor, Sanya Burgess tweeted an image of the white van that was used by the attackers to mow down pedestrians. It appears the attackers stopped the van at traffic signal in Borough Market. The area has been cordoned off by the police.
10.00 am: Train services have been disrupted at the London Bridge. The trains operating in the Southeastern network will not be making stops at the station. “Because of the events near London Bridge station there may be some short formations to trains on Sunday 4 June due to stock displacement, but Southeastern are expecting to run an as near to normal service as possible across the network. Trains will call at Waterloo East, London Charing Cross and London Cannon Street,” Southeastern Railways said in a statement.
9.45 am: With just four days remaining for the general elections, Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn are scheduled to attend separate events later in the day. It is unclear whether the leaders will temporarily suspend their election campaign as a mark of respect to the deceased in last night’s attacks. Earlier, May and Corbyn suspended their campaigns after a suicide bomber killed 22 people in Manchester last month.
9.35 am: Those injured in the attacks were taken to five hospitals in London. London Ambulance Service Assistant Director of Operations, Peter Rhodes said: “We have now taken over 30 patients to five hospitals across London following the incident at London Bridge. A number of other patients were treated for less serious injuries at the scene.”
Sharing details about how the emergency services responded, Rhodes said that over 80 medics, including ambulance crews, specialist response teams and an advance trauma team from London’s Air Ambulance.
9.20 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in France on Saturday, condemned the attacks in London. “Attacks in London are shocking & anguishing. We condemn them. My thoughts are with families of the deceased & prayers with the injured,” Modi tweeted.
In a joint statement with President Emanuel Macron, PM Modi on Saturday said: “Terrorism is one of the biggest challenges the world is facing today.”
8.45 am: American pop singer Ariana Grande, who is leading a fund raising concert in the UK, tweeted saying that she is “praying for London”. Grande returned to Manchester to perform again after the May 22 terrorist attack that killed 22 concertgoers. She will be performing live today evening along with other stars like Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber. A suicide bomber killed 22 people after attending Grande’s concert at Manchester Arena.
8.30 am: Here is a recap of what happened early today morning. At around 2.30 am IST, police were informed about a vehicle ramming into pedestrians on London Bridge. The vehicle then proceeded from London Bridge towards the Borough Market. Three attackers jumped out from the van and began stabbing people in the area, including an on-duty British Transport Police officer. Armed police officers confronted the three male attackers and shot them dead. The police said the suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later established to be hoaxes.
So far at least six civilians were killed and 20 injured in the attack. London Mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the attack.
8.20 am: Metropolitan Police’s Assistant Commissioner Mark Crowley said they treating the incident as terror attack and confirmed that six have been killed in addition to the three attackers.
“At this stage, we believe that six people have died in addition to the three attackers shot dead by police. And at least 20 casualties have been taken to six hospitals across London. I’d like to repeat our request for the public to avoid the following areas: London Bridge and Borough Market. This is to allow emergency services to deal with this incident,” he said.
8.10 am: At least six people were killed in the terrorist attack and police neutralised three attackers, reported the BBC, quoting the police.
8.00 am: The Metropolitan police has opened a casualty bureau, reported The Guardian. These were for those concerned about family and friends who may have been caught up in the attacks. There are two numbers to call: 0800 096 1233 and 020 7158 0197.
7.50 am: Harun Khan, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, condemned the London attacks. “I am appalled and angered by the terrorist attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market, in my home city. These acts of violence were truly shocking and I condemn them in the strongest terms.”
7. 37 am: Police appeal to people who were there at the scene on London Bridge or in Borough Market to upload any pictures or videos they have taken, reports The Guardian.
7. 10 am: Reuters reported London Ambulance Service saying it has taken at least 20 patients to six hospitals across London.
7. 05 am: The Metropolitan police said at least one armed officer had opened fire during the attack at Borough market.
7. 00 am: An eye-witness near Borough Market told The Guardian: I was in the back of the pub. A wave of about 30 people ran in and tried to get into the cellar or cupboard. Then there were shots outside. They didn’t seem real – like a kid letting off firecrackers. We saw police lights and everyone got down under a table. People turned tables over
6. 55 am: Australia’s foreign minister describes the incidents at London Bridge and London’s Borough Market as a “shocking situation.”
6. 50 am: Three major London hospitals are on lockdown after attacks near London Bridge. “Due to the ongoing incident in central London, Guy’s, St Thomas’ & @EvelinaLondon are on lockdown to keep patients, relatives and staff safe,” the authorities tweeted.
6. 45 am: There will be a Cobra cabinet meeting on Sunday. In the past, British PM Theresa May has convened her emergency security Cabinet known as Cobra after major incidents.
6. 40 am: A man with canisters strapped to his body could possibly be one of the suspected people behind the London attacks. The BBC reported that the man was shown in a photograph lying on the ground after he was shot by the police.
6.35 am: US state department releases a statement on London attacks condemning “the cowardly attacks targeting innocent civilians in London.” It also said it was ready to provide any assistance requested by the UK.
6.30 am: Reuters reporter hears at least three loud bangs near Borough Market in London
6.25 am: London Mayor Sadiq Khan described the London attacks as “deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners’. He also urged the people to remain calm.
6.20 am: US President Donald Trump offers help in London attacks. “Whatever the United States can do to help out in London
and the UK, we will be there – WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!” he tweeted.
6.15 am: Police said a hit-and-run and stabbings on and near London Bridge have been officially declared a “terrorist incident.”
6.10 am: News agency Reuters spoke to eye-witnesses at the London Bridge and one of them said: “We were walking on the bridge and the van went up onto where people were walking. We saw a few being knocked over.”
6.04 am: Up to seven people feared dead in London incidents, reports Sun newspaper
5.58 am: The CNN reported police leaving the area. However, they said an active manhunt was going on.
5.47 am: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says his thoughts with victims after “brutal and shocking incidents” in London, reports BBC.
5.35 am: Metropolitan police UK continues to give instructions to the citizens to stay safe indicating this is an active situation.
5.30 am: The incident at Vauxhall is a stabbing and is not connect to the incidents at London Bridge & Borough Market
5.20 am: Incidents at London Bridge and Borough Market were declared as terrorist incidents.
5.00 am: Prime Minister Theresa May says the incident being treated as potential act of terrorism’
4.45 am: Downing Street also says Prime Minister Theresa May will chair government emergency response committee meeting.
4.40 am: US President Donald Trump tweeted emphasising on the need to be smart, vigilant and tough. He also advocated his Travel Ban saying that this would be an extra level of safety for everyone. He also tweeted, “Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U. K., we will be there – WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!”
3.45 am: Stabbings reported at a restaurant in the nearby Borough Market by eyewitnesses. According to CNN sources, a man entered the restaurant with a large knife and stabbed the neck of a waitress trying to hide.
3.40 am: Eyewitnesses claim to hear gunshots on the scene.
3.35 am: Police vans rushed to the scene.
3.25 am: Police rushed to London Bridge as a van ploughs into pedesetrians in the area.