London Bridge terror attack: Ukip refuses to suspend election campaign

Gladys Abbott
June 4, 2017

Another 48 people are being treated at six London hospitals following the incident, which UK Prime Minister Theresa May has described as a terror attack. Jack Applebee, a local restaurant owner, said he saw people running down the street and heard a female voice shout "they're stabbing everyone".

A van has mounted the pavement on London Bridge before a stabbing attack, according to witnesses.

The attack came only minutes after the end of the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus, in an area teeming with bars where many fans were watching the football on television.

Another witness told the BBC she saw a speeding white van veering into pedestrians.

"We stand ready to support the British Government as it responds to these attacks and our thoughts are with those injured and their families", she said.

Conservative former foreign minister Alistair Burt said: "We don't have a Parliament or MPs at present". He, too, was shot dead by police. Train stations remain closed.

The BBC showed dozens of people, evidently caught up in the attack, being escorted to safety through a police cordon with their hands on their heads.

Police received the first call of reports of a vehicle hitting pedestrians on London Bridge at 10:08 p.m. (2108 GMT).

Three attackers wearing hoax suicide vests caused mayhem, repeatedly stabbing one of the first police officers on the scene.

"I'd like to repeat our request for the public to avoid the following areas: London Bridge and Borough Market".

Khan said he was "appalled and furious" at the attacks, but said he believes London is one of the safest cities in the world.

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Witnesses described scenes of horror as the men stabbed people at random.

"With more people murdered on the streets of our capital city last night by Islamist terrorists, it is more important than ever for us to confront this evil with the democratic principles that have made this country what it is", he said.

In March, five people died in London when a auto was driven at pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and a police officer was stabbed outside Parliament.

The latest attack is the third terrorist strike in the United Kingdom this year, with campaigning also suspended for three days last month after suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 victims at a concert in Manchester on May 22.

May, who faces a general election Thursday, said the recent attacks are not directly connected but that "terrorism breeds terrorism" and attackers copy one another.

Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, said: "Tonight's horrific incidents in London remind us how much we owe our emergency services. Ended it giving CPR to innocent victims attacked at London Bridge", he wrote, adding a broken heart emoji.

"Officers jumped out and started tending to the guy on the floor and about three of them also started running towards the London Bridge area".

British police called the attacks at the London Bridge and the Borough Market "terrorist incidents".

Sky News Home Affairs Editor Mark White said: "Certainly reports we're getting suggest that this may be terror related but that is not being confirmed by police at this stage". Will they still back their year-old decision to leave the European Union or to stay back to strengthen their security?

"We will release facts when we can", London's Metropolitan Police said on Twitter.

Britain is on high alert only 12 days after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at the concert in Manchester, northwest England, and ahead of the June 8 vote, in which security is a major theme.

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