England’s 3rd Attack in 3 months 

Horrible news about another terrorist attack, this time in London again, 

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8 MINUTES OF TERROR

London Bridge attack – Three terrorists shot dead after shouting ‘this is for Allah’ as they killed seven and injured 48

THREE jihadis wearing fake suicide bomb vests struck at the heart of London last night by driving a van at 50mph into crowds on London Bridge and going on a stabbing spree before finally being shot dead by police.

In an attack lasting little over eight minutes, the terrorist gang screaming “this is for Allah”, killed seven and injured up to 48 people who were enjoying a summer’s evening in the centre of the capital.

Three men – two lying in the background – believed to be the terrorists pictured dead after being shot by police

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Three men – two lying in the background – believed to be the terrorists pictured dead after being shot by police

A picture of the van used in the deadly terror attack which left six innocent people in the London Bridge area

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A picture of the van used in the deadly terror attack which left six innocent people in the London Bridge area

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Dashcam footage shows bodies lying on pavement after London Bridge terror attack

A victim is pictured being treated on a stretcher following the terror attack on London Bridge

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A victim is pictured being treated on a stretcher following the terror attack on London Bridge

Staff at a packed pub locked the doors and barricaded revellers inside as the armed gang tried to smash their way in shortly after 10.08pm.

The Met’s Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley has confirmed that all three of the depraved attackers were shot and killed within eight minutes of the first call to emergency services after brave cops rushed to protect the public.

Confirming the death toll had risen to seven this morning Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick praised the “extraordinary courage” of brave passers-by who stepped in to help those injured in last night’s atrocity.


WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:

  • A van ploughed through pedestrians on London Bridge just after 10pm on Saturday

  • Three men wearing fake bomb vests jumped out on the south end of the bridge at Borough Market and began knifing bystanders and pub-goers

  • Staff at one pub barricaded the doors as the attackers tried storm the building before armed police arrived on the scene and the three terrorists were shot dead within eight minutes of the first 999 call
  • At least seven victims were killed and 48 people were injured. The injured were being treated across five London hospitals. One of the injured was a British Transport Police officer who was stabbed in the face

  • Theresa May chaired a Cobra emergency response meeting after the attack was confirmed to be terror before declaring ‘enough is enough’

  • Four controlled explosions were heard near The Sun’s offices in London Bridge between 1:20am and 1:50am

  • Home Secretary Amber Rudd has confirmed that police believe they have “all the main perpetrators” and are confident they were radical Islamic terrorists
  • Police Commissioner Cressida Dick praised the ‘extraordinary courage’ of by-standers
  • Police appealed for witnesses to send images and videos to help identify the attackers and piece together the chaos

  • The Met Police opened a casualty bureau for those concerned about family and friends who might have been caught up in the attacks. There are two numbers to call: 0800 096 1233 and 020 7158 0197

  • All the main political parties aside from UKIP have suspended campaigning today as Mrs May confirmed the election will go ahead
  • One Love Manchester Concert will go ahead tonight as youngsters refuse to yet terrorists stop them attending

    Commissioner Dick said: “Many, many people risked their own safety to help others and treat those seriously injured and to indeed confront the suspects involved.

    “It’s clear to me the courage of those people during and following this attack was extraordinary.”

    Following the third terrorist attack in three months Theresa May declared “enough is enough” and defiantly confirmed Thursday’s General Election will go ahead after chairing a Cobra meeting.

    Shortly after Mrs May’s statement, Home Secretary Amber Rudd confirmed that police believe they have “all the main perpetrators” and are confident they were radical Islamic terrorists.

    Whitehall officials have told the BBC it is too early to confirm if the attackers were “subjects of interest” known to MI5 or cops.

    Armed police have reportedly made five arrests after swooping on a block of flats in Barking, east London this morning – although cops have yet to confirm if the action is connected to last night’s atrocity.

    No terror group has claimed the attack, which comes after ISIS issued a chilling instruction to its followers to launch “all-out war” on the West to mark the start of Ramadan.

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    Video of van involved in London Bridge terror attack crashed at the scene

    A body is removed from the scene in London Bridge on Sunday

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    A body is removed from the scene in London Bridge on Sunday
  • Another child looks terrified as she walks past armed cops near the scene of the attack in central London

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    Another child looks terrified as she walks past armed cops near the scene of the attack in central London

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    London Bridge terror witness Gerard chased attackers and threw bottles at them

    The white van responsible for the 'attack' surrounded by multiple police vehicles

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    The white van responsible for the ‘attack’ surrounded by multiple police vehicles

    A scared little girl is pictured holding on to a woman with armed cops watching on in the UK capital

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    A scared little girl is pictured holding on to a woman with armed cops watching on in the UK capital

    Armed police are pictured helping a victim who is being stretchered into an ambulance

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    Armed police are pictured helping a victim who is being stretchered into an ambulance

    Armed cops put on a display of strength at London Bridge on Sunday

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    Armed cops put on a display of strength at London Bridge on Sunday

    Floral tributes started to be left close to the scene in London Bridge on Sunday

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    Floral tributes started to be left close to the scene in London Bridge on Sunday

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    Missing Express journalist Geoff Ho seen clutching bleeding neck after London Bridge terror attack

    A picture taken outside the Wheatsheaf pub in Borough Market shows the three terrorists lying dead – after being gunned down by cops.

    One of the twisted attackers was pictured wearing an Arsenal football strip from the 2011/12 season.

    Witness Erick Siguenza told BBC News that one of the gang screamed “This is for Allah” as he went on a stabbing rampage in the busy central London streets.

    The gang had metal canisters strapped to their chests which police chief Rowley confirmed were hoax suicide vests.

    Following the rampage four explosions – confirmed as controlled blasts by the police – were heard outside The Sun offices near London Bridge between 1:23am and 1:49am.

    One British Transport Police officer has been confirmed as a victim with cops saying he was stabbed in the face by the sick extremists – his injuries are not life-threatening.

    Met police have confirmed that the attacks in London Bridge and Borough Market were “terror incidents”, with Amber Rudd adding that a connection to the Manchester Attack is unlikely but can not be ruled out.

     

A day London won’t forget. Terrorist attack on Westminster.

The news today is terrible,  so hard to describe how I am feeling, This is a bridge I have walked myself loads of times,  It’s only a few years ago I was there with the boys,  this could have happened anytime, my heart is breaking for all the families involved, at the moment we don’t know the final toll, but they are saying 4 or 5 dead and over 40 injured. all I can do is copy all the news items,. no doubt as we learn more, things will change 

A policeman was stabbed inside the perimeter of Britain’s parliament building on Wednesday, an assailant was shot outside and several people lay bleeding on a nearby bridge, Reuters witnesses and officials said.

Reuters reporters inside the building heard loud bangs and shortly afterwards a Reuters photographer said he saw at least a dozen people injured on Westminster Bridge, next to parliament.

His photographs showed people lying on the ground, some of them bleeding heavily and one apparently under a bus. The number of casualties was unclear.

“Officers – including firearms officers – remain on the scene and we are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

The House of Commons, which was in session at the time, was immediately suspended and lawmakers were asked to stay inside.

Prime Minister Theresa May was safe after the incident, a spokesman for her office said. He declined to say where May was when the attack took place.

The leader of the House, David Lidington, said in the chamber that an assailant who stabbed a policeman had been shot by police.

An ambulance helicopter landed on Parliament Square, just outside the building.

The BBC said police believed there was a suspect vehicle outside parliament but police did not immediately confirm that report.

Amid confusing scenes, it appeared the incident may have unfolded in several locations, including on the busy Westminster bridge where tourists take pictures of Big Ben and other attractions.

Reuters reporters inside parliament said a large number of armed police, some carrying shields, were pouring into the building.

U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House he had been briefed on events in London but gave no details.

The incident took place on the first anniversary of attacks on Brussels in Belgium.

Britain is on its second-highest alert level of “severe” meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely.

In May 2013, two British Islamists stabbed to death soldier Lee Rigby on a street in south-east London.

In July 2005, four British Islamists killed 52 commuters and themselves in suicide bombings on the British capital’s transport system in what was London’s worst peacetime attack.

This is a developing story.

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An assailant stabbed a policeman and was shot by police just outside Britain’s parliament building in London on Wednesday in what police described as a “terrorist incident”.

Amid confusing scenes, it appeared the incident may have unfolded in several locations, including on the nearby Westminster bridge where eyewitnesses said a car had crashed into pedestrians.

Two people died in the incident, according to Sky News, but the total number of casualties was unclear.

“Officers – including firearms officers – remain on the scene and we are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

The incident took place on the first anniversary of attacks by Islamist militants that killed 32 people in Brussels.

Reuters reporters inside the parliament building heard loud bangs and shortly afterwards saw two people lying on the ground in a courtyard just outside, within the perimeter of the parliamentary estate.

A Reuters photographer said he saw at least a dozen people injured on Westminster Bridge, next to parliament.

His photographs showed people lying on the ground, some of them bleeding heavily and one apparently under a bus.

“I just saw a car go out of control, and just go into pedestrians on the bridge,” a woman who gave her name as Bernadette told Sky News. She was on a tour bus on the bridge at the time.

“As we were going across the bridge, we saw people lying on the floor, they were obviously injured. I saw about 10 people maybe. And then the emergency services started to arrive. Everyone was just running everywhere.”

“HORRIBLE TO WATCH”

Some people suffered catastrophic injuries in the incident, British news agency the Press Association reported, citing a doctor at St Thomas’s Hospital which is located directly across the River Thames from parliament.

Officials said an assailant had stabbed a policeman and then been shot.

Witness reports suggested the assailant and the stabbed policeman were the people seen lying on the ground just outside the parliamentary building by Reuters reporters.

The House of Commons, which was in session at the time, was immediately suspended and lawmakers were asked to stay inside.

Prime Minister Theresa May was safe after the incident, a spokesman for her office said. He declined to say where May was when the attack took place.

Journalist Quentin Letts of the Daily Mail newspaper told LBC radio that he had witnessed the stabbing of the policeman and the shooting of the assailant from his office in the parliament building.

“He (the assailant) ran in through the open gates … He set about one of the policemen with what looked like a stick,” Letts said.

“The policeman fell over on the ground and it was quite horrible to watch and then having done that, he disengaged and ran towards the House of Commons entrance used by MPs (members of parliament) and got about 20 yards or so when two plain-clothed guys with guns shot him.”

Reuters reporters inside parliament saw a large number of armed police, some carrying shields, pouring into the building.

U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House he had been briefed on events in London but gave no details.

In Edinburgh, the Scottish parliament suspended a planned debate and vote on independence as news of events in London came in.

Britain is on its second-highest alert level of “severe” meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely.

In May 2013, two British Islamists stabbed to death soldier Lee Rigby on a street in south-east London.

In July 2005, four British Islamists killed 52 commuters and themselves in suicide bombings on the British capital’s transport system in what was London’s worst peacetime attack.

(Additional reporting by Kylie Maclellan, Elizabeth Piper, Costas Pitas, Michael Holden, Kate Holton and London bureau, writing by Estelle Shirbon, editing by Stephen Addison and Mark Trevelyan)

A policeman has been stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament.

Around three shots rang out outside the Palace of Westminster after a man ran through the gates into the front yard of the parliamentary compound apparently waving a knife.

Two people were seen being treated on the ground in New Palace Yard amid shouts and screams.

An air ambulance landed in Parliament Square and a regular ambulance came in through the front gates as medics rushed to help the injured people.

Armed police cleared the area around the incident and Parliament Square was closed to traffic.

Scotland Yard said the attack in Westminster was being treated ‘as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise’.

Parliament has been suspended and a Downing Street spokesman has confirmed that Prime Minister Theresa May is safe following the incident.

She was reportedly bundled off by heavily-armed police officers.

Up to one dozen people were also injured after a car mowed down people on Westminster Bridge.

One woman has died and a number of others have been hurt – including some with ‘catastrophic’ injuries – a junior doctor at St Thomas’ Hospital has said.

Armed police react following a major incident outside the Houses of Parliament in central London, Britain 22 March 2017 (Picture: EPA)

Eyewitness Rick Longley said he saw a man stab a policeman. Fighting back tears he said: ‘We were just walking up to the station and there was a loud bang and a guy, someone, crashed a car and took some pedestrians out.

‘They were just laying there and then the whole crowd just surged around the corner by the gates just opposite Big Ben.

‘A guy came past my right shoulder with a big knife and just started plunging it into the policeman.

‘I have never seen anything like that. I just can’t believe what I just saw.’

Police extended the cordon back up Broad Sanctuary beyond Westminster Abbey to the junction with Victoria Street.

Four police vans arrived at the scene at 3.40pm, as the air ambulance took off.

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The police officer killed in a terror attack at Westminster has been named by the Met Police as PC Keith Palmer.

The 48-year-old husband and father was among five people who died, including the attacker, near the Houses of Parliament.

The attacker, whose identity police believe they know, stabbed the unarmed officer before being shot dead.

Forty other people were injured after a car struck pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge before it crashed.

Acting Deputy Commissioner and head of counter-terrorism at the Metropolitan Police, Mark Rowley, said they were working on the assumption the attacker was “inspired by international terrorism”.

PC Palmer was a member of the Met’s parliamentary and diplomatic protection command and had 15 years service.

Mr Rowley paid tribute to PC Palmer, saying: “He was someone who left for work today expecting to return home at the end of his shift – and he had every right to expect that would happen.”

He said specially-trained family liaison officers were supporting the families of the three members of the public who lost their lives.

‘Sick and depraved’

Three police officers were among those injured, two of whom were in a serious condition, he added.

Speaking in Downing Street after chairing a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergencies committee, Prime Minister Theresa May said it was a “sick and depraved” attack on the heart of the capital and attempts to defeat UK values were “doomed to failure”.

Mrs May paid tribute to the “exceptional men and women” of the police force who responded to the attack, saying: “We will all move forward together, never giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.”

The prime minister added: “The location of this attack was no accident. The terrorist chose to strike at the heart of our capital city where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech.”

Media captionFootage shows the moment a car sped down Westminster Bridge and a woman fell into the River Thames

Media captionLondon attack: Eyewitness describes terror scene aftermath

Earlier, Mr Rowley said a major investigation was under way into the “marauding terrorist attack”.

He said emergency services were called at 14.40 GMT after the car was driven over Westminster Bridge, hitting and injuring a number of members of the public and the three police officers, who were on their way back from a commendation ceremony.

After the car crashed into the railings of the Houses of Parliament, a man armed with a knife “continued the attack” and tried to enter the building.

Media captionTheresa May: “We will never give in to terror”

Eyewitnesses said police fired three or four gunshots as the knifeman lunged towards a second officer. Parliament went into lockdown.

Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood – a former Army officer whose brother died in the Bali terrorist bombing in 2002 – attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation of an injured police officer.

The officer who was killed was said by Mr Rowley to have been armed – but police later confirmed that was not the case.

In latest developments:

  • The prime minister said the UK terror threat level would remain at severe – its second highest – meaning an attack is “highly likely”
  • Westminster underground station was shut and remains open for interchange only
  • Home Secretary Amber Rudd urged everyone to remain calm but be vigilant and if they see anything they are concerned about report it to the police
  • A group of French schoolchildren were on the bridge and three were injured
  • 13 students from Edge Hill University in Lancashire were also caught up in the incident – two were taken to hospital and described as walking wounded; two others had minor injuries
  • People worried about family and friends can call the police casualty bureau on 0800 056 0944 or 0207 158 0010. Anyone with images or footage of the incident is urged to send them to ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk
  • Kings College Hospital says eight patients are being treated there – six male, and two female. Two are critical and two are stable
  • St Thomas’ Hospital said two patients had been admitted – both are stable; the Royal London Hospital received one patient
  • The Port of London Authority said a woman was pulled alive from the River Thames near the bridge and was being treated for serious injuries

Analysis

Image copyrightPAImage captionA man believed to be the suspect received medical treatment, while two knives lie on the floor

By Dominic Casciani, home affairs correspondent

The incident outside Westminster is exactly the kind of scenario that security chiefs have been planning for.

It looks like the type of attack jihadis have wanted to carry out in Britain – namely attacking people with a vehicle and taking on the security forces with knives.

In the security services’ jargon, this is known as a “marauding attack” and is the hardest type of terrorist incident to predict and defend against. That means casualties, as we have seen in Nice and elsewhere, are inevitable.

But what matters just as much is how the police then respond.

Armed police at Parliament were able to stop the attacker. Within minutes, Westminster was flooded with more armed officers, including counter-terrorism specialists.

Inside Scotland Yard, teams of detectives began working on the next critical phase – establishing the suspect’s movements, whether he acted alone and, in tandem with their colleagues on the street, making sure London is as secure as it can be in light of these awful events.

Westminster remains locked down and it will remain so until Scotland Yard is certain the threat has been contained.

‘Screams and commotion’

Press Association political editor Andrew Woodcock witnessed the scenes unfolding from his office window overlooking New Palace Yard.

Media caption’At least five mown down’ by car on Westminster Bridge

Media caption”Man in black moving his arm in a way that suggested he was either stabbing or striking the… policeman” – journalist Quentin Letts

“I heard shouts and screams from outside and looked out, and there was a group of maybe 40 or 50 people running round the corner from Bridge Street into Parliament Square.

“They appeared to be running away from something.”

Image copyrightPAImage captionPolice surround suspected attacker on the courtyard in front of ParliamentImage copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionActing Deputy Commissioner Mark Rowley updated the media outside New Scotland Yard…Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionAs forensic officers started to gather evidence on Westminster Bridge

“As the group arrived at the Carriage Gates, where policemen are posted at the security entrance, a man suddenly ran out of the crowd and into the yard.”

‘Mowed down’

An eye witness, Radoslaw Sikorski, a senior fellow at Harvard’s Centre for European Studies, posted a video to Twitter showing people lying injured on the road on Westminster Bridge.

Media captionSteve Voake, eyewitness: “I tried to stop people coming on to the bridge”

  • MPs were locked in the House of Commons for more than four hours and business suspended
  • Around 1,000 people were taken to Westminster Abbey for safety and were then being processed by police
  • The House of Commons and Lords will sit at their usual times on Thursday
  • Over the following days, there will be extra unarmed and armed officers on the streets of London
  • The White House said Mrs May had spoken to President Donald Trump about the attack
  • Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo says the Eiffel tower will go dark at midnight in homage to the London victims
  • London mayor Sadiq Khan praised citizens and emergency services for their “tremendous bravery” and said: “Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism.”

Metropolitan Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh said: “We offer our deepest sympathy to the family of the officer who has died. This incident shows the dangers our colleagues face on a daily basis.”

 

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