London terror attack: Canadian Christine Archibald named as one of victims killed

Gwen Vasquez
June 5, 2017

A speedy response by armed police - the three attackers were shot dead within eight minutes of the alarm being raised - also reduced the number of casualties. But the men had achieved their apparent goal of turning a balmy summer night in Britain's capital into a scene of carnage. The men sped across London Bridge in a van and rammed several pedestrians, before emerging with large hunting knives for the attack in Borough Market, a crowded nightspot. Trudeau called news of the attack on the London Bridge and nearby Borough Market "awful" in a tweet Saturday night.

London's Thames river police said it was working with the lifeboat rescue service to help evacuate people caught up in the attack, described by police as a terrorist incident.

Seven people were killed, while 48 were injured. The wounds are not considered life-threatening.

The three attackers exited the vehicle and began attacking patrons.

On May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured dozens at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, in northwest England.

SITE said in a statement Sunday that the Islamic State's Aamaq news service cited "a security source" in the Arabic-language posting claiming the attack.

The South African government reiterates its condemnation of terrorist attacks in any form and from whichever quarter, said the statement. "The US stands ready to provide any assistance authorities in the United Kingdom may request", she said in a statement.

She said she is "totally in shock" after what has happened, adding: "I've not even had time to cry because I've not processed anything properly yet".

The sequence of attacks has at times overshadowed the election.

President Donald Trump on Sunday criticized London's mayor after he sought to reassure residents about a stepped-up police presence on city streets following the third deadly attack there in the past three months, arguing on Twitter for leaders to "stop being politically correct" and focus on "security for our people".

Then came the May 22 Manchester concert bombing.

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Foreign minister Julie Bishop said any Australian who has family and friends in London and has been unable to contact them should call the consular hotline on 1300 555 135.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said today that the level would remain at severe because police believe there are no perpetrators still on the loose.

May called on global communications companies to do more to block cyberspace to extremist groups who use it for recruitment and for encrypted information about plots.

"It is time to say enough is enough", Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday. "I found them quite intimidating, actually", he said. It is unclear how the unprecedented violence in the run-up to the election will impact voter sentiment.

The goal is to make sure people are vigilant and adopt the right attitude in the event of an attack, said Cedric Michel, president of the Union for Defense of Municipal Police. French and Spanish citizens were among the wounded. Our initial assessment is in the region of 50 rounds, in the region of 50 bullets were fired by those eight officers.

"It was awful. As we got halfway through the bridge, the police were already arriving". Police officers yelled at people to run from the area, and blasts were heard as officers performed a series of controlled explosions.

"As we got into Southwark Road, the police cordon had been extended, causing us to run for dear life". He said he heard what sounded like gunfire five to 10 minutes later.

"The longer you wait and deliberate. the chances of your survivability really diminish notably", he said.

May responded to the attack by calling for an overhaul of the strategy used to combat extremism, including a demand for greater global regulation of the internet, saying big internet companies were partly responsible for providing extreme ideology the space to develop.

"I saw a young girl being stabbed in the chest", he told LBC radio, recalling how the three "went randomly along Borough High Street stabbing people".

"They went 'This is for Allah, ' and they had a woman on the floor". Lewis Bennett told the Guardian newspaper:"People started screaming and running out the back door".

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