Two more London attacks

Posted by Guessedworker on Sunday, 04 June 2017 01:09.

Metropolitan Police report:

As well as #LondonBridge officers have also responsed to an incident in #BoroughMarket. We have armed police at the scenes.

The first incident is reported to have involved a white van mounting the pavement at the south end of London Bridge and striking a number of pedestrians, perhaps five or six.  One report states that three men then jumped out of the van and began attacking people with knives.  One man may have been led away in cuffs.  There are dozens of police and ambulance vehicles at the scene.  Victims reported to be receiving CPR.

The second incident is at nearby Borough Market, and again involves knife attacks, possibly on diners in a restaurant.

Gunfire - probably from the police - has been reported from both scenes.

It is too early for anything definitive yet.  The media are scrambling for witness stories:

One terrified woman said she was at a restaurant and police swarmed on the area.

She said police were firing weapons. “We had to run,” “There was loads of shooting.”

Officers were seen dragging startled diners and revellers out of restaurants and bars and telling them to run.

A witness named Martin said: “There’s been about eight of them stabbed. I ran up to see if they were all right but people were already with them. I was bloody terrified

“I thought is that real? If we had of been on the other side of the road, it could have been us.”

But reliable information can only come from the police, when they are in a position to supply it - which may be an hour or two yet.

More from the Met:

Officers have then responded to reports of stabbings in #BoroughMarket. Armed officers responded and shots have been fired. 2/3

And now (23.45 hrs) a third incident:

Officers are now responding to an incident in the #Vauxhall area. 3/3

Vauxhall is some distance from London Bridge, so it can’t be surviving perps from the other attacks.  Always assuming, of course, that this one is real, terror-wise, and not just an accident or one of the ubiquitous black-on-black stabbings that has got included by dint of all the confusion.

The advice being given right now to the unfortunates caught up in the attacks:

Update at 00.45 hrs: The Met makes the following request:

Pls continue to avoid #LondonBridge #BoroughMarket to allow the emergency services to deal with the ongoing incidents

... from which is it is reasonable to conclude that the Vauxhall shout was a false alarm.

00.52 hours: Yep:

The incident at #Vauxhall is a stabbing and is not connect to the incidents at #LondonBridge & #BoroughMarket

The other two have been formally declared terror incidents.



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Posted by Eight minutes of hell on Sun, 04 Jun 2017 04:02 | #

       

Telegraph, “Who are the suspects behind the attack?”, 4 June 2017.

Eight minutes of hell

Police say the attack lasted around eight minutes before armed officers attended the scene and took down the assailants.

One eyewitness spoke of the men shouting “this is for Allah” as they stabbed indiscriminately.

Telegraph, “London attacks latest: 7 dead in London Bridge and Borough Market van and knife terror”, 4 June 2017:

Seven people have been killed and almost 50 people injured in a “rampage” in central London, the third terrorist attack to hit the UK in less than three months. 

Three attackers were shot dead by police in the attack on London Bridge and Borough Market. Police said they believed there were no more than three attackers.

Six were initially reported to have been killed, before Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the number of victims from had risen to seven.

A white transit van ploughed into a crowd of people on the bridge at speed shortly after 10pm. The three men then stabbed people with 12-inch knives at nearby Borough Market, with a transport police officer among those injured.

The London Ambulance Service said 48 people had been taken to five hospitals across the capital and a number of other people were treated at the scene.

The major parties have suspended their national campaigning for the General Election in the wake of the attack.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who was understood to be at her Maidenhead constituency when she was alerted to the news, will chair a Cobra meeting first thing on Sunday morning.

As dawn broke over the capital, a large area on the south bank of the River Thames remained cordoned off and police told people to avoid the area, leaving tourists and revellers struggling to get home.

Timeline | How events in London unfolded

  10.07pm Ambulance services were called to reports of a vehicle ploughing through pedestrians on London Bridge, arriving within six minutes.
  10.08pm Police are called to the scene. Officers then attended a second incident at nearby Borough Market after reports of stabbings.
  10.16pm Within eight minutes, three male suspects were shot dead in Borough Market by police marksman. The men were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later found to be hoaxes.
  12.25am on Sunday Both incidents were declared by the Metropolitan Police as terror attacks.
  4am Police confirm six people were killed in the rampage.
  9.30am Seven people have died, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick confirms

Other key information

  At least 48 patients were taken to five hospitals, London Ambulance Service said, with more than 80 medics having been sent to the scene
  A third incident at Vauxhall was a stabbing and unrelated, Scotland Yard said.

Bursts of gunfire had echoed through the streets - likely from armed police - and at least three blasts rang out as police performed controlled explosions.

One picture from the Borough Market area showed a man lying on the ground with canisters apparently strapped to him. Police later said the men were wearing hoax suicide vests.

Within minutes there were reports of a second incident at Borough Market on the south bank of the Thames. One cab driver said three men ran towards the market stabbing people - including a young girl - as they ran.

An eyewitness on London Bridge, told the BBC he saw three men stabbing people indiscriminately, shouting “this is for Allah” in a “rampage”.

Police entered bars and restaurants in the Southwark area around 11pm and told customers to get down on the floor amid reports that the incident was still ongoing. People outdoors were told by yelling police officers to run from the area as the atmosphere turned to one of “hysteria”.

Shortly before midnight police said they were attending a third incident in the Vauxhall area, but later said it was not connected.

The attack comes less than a fortnight after the Manchester suicide bombing and just three months after a terrorist ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing a policeman to death at Parliament.

 


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Posted by "This was for Allah" on Sun, 04 Jun 2017 08:54 | #

Telegraph, “London Bridge attack - everything we know”, 4 June 2017:

Seven people have been killed and 48 injured, many of them stabbed, following a confirmed terrorist attack at two sites in London - London Bridge and Borough Market.

A van drove into pedestrians on the bridge and two separate eyewitnesses - one named Eric, another named Gerard - told the BBC that they saw men stabbing people in both sites, and heard them shouting: “This is for Allah”.

The three attackers have also been shot and killed - dying within eight minutes of the first call, police said. Police said that they believe there are no more attackers on the run.even people have been killed and 48 injured, many of them stabbed, following a confirmed terrorist attack at two sites in London - London Bridge and Borough Market.

A van drove into pedestrians on the bridge and two separate eyewitnesses - one named Eric, another named Gerard - told the BBC that they saw men stabbing people in both sites, and heard them shouting: “This is for Allah”.

The three attackers have also been shot and killed - dying within eight minutes of the first call, police said. Police said that they believe there are no more attackers on the run.


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Posted by 12 arrested.. on Sun, 04 Jun 2017 10:49 | #

DM, “Armed police arrest 12 at East London tower block in connection with terror attack that killed seven and injured nearly 50 as officers pore over scene at London Bridge and Borough Market for clues”, 4 June 2017:

- Twelve people were arrested at a block of flats in Barking, east London, in connection with last night’s attack
- Armed police placed the complex on lock down and several men were pictured handcuffed on the ground
- Women wearing burkas were among those taken into police custody in the dramatic morning raid today
- One of the three terrorists responsible for last night’s attack is believed to have lived in a ground-floor flat
- Police officers and forensic teams have arrived at London Bridge and Borough Market to scour for clues
- Theresa May said at No 10 today that the atrocity was not linked to the Manchester or Westminster attacks
- Seven people were killed and 48 others were injured in the attack. Twenty one remain in a critical condition


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Posted by The London Attackers on Tue, 06 Jun 2017 17:32 | #

           

Vice, “What we know about the suspected London attackers”, 6 June 2017:

U.K. police on Tuesday named the third London Bridge attacker as Youssef Zaghba, which creates more problems for the authorities: Reports say British intelligence agencies had been warned by their Italian counterparts that Zaghba posed a threat after they managed to prevent him from traveling to Syria. This revelation will increase the pressure on U.K. authorities – already under fire after it emerged that another attacker, Khuram Shazad Butt, was investigated by counterterrorism police as recently as 2015.

Reports that there may have been opportunities to stop the attackers have led London Mayor Sadiq Khan to question why the police didn’t act on any information they may have had. “Not unreasonably, these questions are being asked. I’m sure the police will look into what they knew, what they could have done, what they did do and if anything could have been done differently,” the mayor said in a BBC interview.

Police named Zaghba as the third man who took part in the attack on Saturday night in central London, when attackers drove a white van across London Bridge hitting pedestrians before they got out and went on to stab members of the public. Seven people were killed and 48 injured before police shot dead all three attackers.

Zaghba, a 22-year-old Moroccan-Italian man, was born in the city of Fez. Italian media reports suggest Italian authorities had warned British and Moroccan police about the dangers he posed, after he was stopped at Bologna airport in 2016 attempting to make his way to Syria. Police reportedly found Islamic State group propaganda on Zaghba’s phone but did not have enough evidence to hold him.

Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reports that in 2016 Zaghba was charged with international terrorism, but this was later dropped. He was nonetheless still considered a “risk,” the paper reports. In a statement identifying Zaghba, the Metropolitan Police said, “He was not a police or MI5 subject of interest.”

Another attacker, 27-year-old father of two Khuram Shazad Butt, was also known to the police. Butt was born in Pakistan but his family moved to the capital in 1988, when he was a toddler. In 2015, the police and MI5 opened an investigation into his activities as a supporter of the banned extremist group al-Muhajiroun and its leader Anjem Choudary.

Months later, a member of the public contacted the anti-terrorism hotline with information about Butt’s extremism. According to the U.K.’s top counter-terrorism officer Mark Rowley, the investigation was later dropped because of a lack of evidence and intelligence that any attack was being planned.

Rowley said he had “seen nothing yet that a poor decision was made” in relation to why detectives dropped Butt’s case.

The third attacker, Rachid Radouane, 30, also from Barking, was not known to the security services.


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Posted by Barking Mahdi on Fri, 09 Jun 2017 02:09 | #

Revenge is a duty in Islam and a sin in Christianity. Who will win ?



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