UPDATE: Seven Dead, 48 Injured In London Attacks
London authorities have confirmed that the death toll is up to seven from last night’s attacks. It’s being reported that three men used knives and a van to enforce their act of terror.
Furqan Navi told BBC that during a raid of his apartment complex, police showed him a picture of a dead suspect who he identified as one of his neighbors.
“He lived there with his wife and two children, he’d been there for about three years. He seemed pretty friendly but I didn’t know him,” Navi said.
Another neighbor told the news outlet that he had seen the man two days ago. “He seemed a friendly, cool sort of guy. He was friendly and liked playing with kids. He was in his 20s I guess.”
According to NPR, this is the third terrorist attack on Britain in the last three months, following the attack on Westminster Bridge in March that killed five people, and the bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester less than two weeks ago in which 22 were killed and dozens were injured.
In a speech Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May delivered on Sunday morning, the conservative leader called for the need of new laws to fight terrorism.
“While the recent attacks are not connected by common networks … They are bound together by the single evil ideology of Islamist extremism.”
“Defeating this ideology is one of the great challenges of our time, but it cannot be defeated by military intervention alone,” she said. “It will only be defeated when we turn people’s minds away from this violence and make them understand that our values – pluralistic British values – are superior to anything offered by the preachers and supporters of hate.”
It’s no surprise that President Trump took to Twitter to express his feelings about the recent attacks. However before offering condolences or promising his support to British leaders first, he pushed his anti-Muslim sentiments first.
Original Article Posted 6-3-2017
A little over a week after the Manchester terror attack, Londoners are on high alert after a knife and van attack occurred near the London Bridge area. One person has been reported dead.
According to BBC News, police stated that armed officers responded to reports of a van hitting pedestrians on the bridge in central London. BBC reporter Holly Jones, who was a witness, said that the driver of the van was a man and she believed that he was “probably traveling at about 50 miles an hour.”
“He swerved right round me and then hit about five or six people. He hit about two people in front of me and then three behind,” Jones said.
Police also said that they responded to a series of stabbings in the nearby Borough Market. However, authorities have not said if the two incidents were related.
Mark Roberts, the witness on the bridge, told CNN that the van was traveling south across the River Thames and struck several people, knocking one person “about 20 feet into the air.”
“Within my line of sight, there were five or six people on the ground that were not moving,” he said. “It looked to me that the van was aiming at the people.”