UK trying to establish if London attackers had support

Gladys Abbott
June 5, 2017

Dozens were injured, many of them critically, in the terror attack that started on the London Bridge, when three attackers swerved the vehicle into pedestrians then, armed with knives, rampaged through Borough Market, slashing and stabbing anyone they could find.

Sadiq Khan praised officers for doing a "fantastic job" with the resources they have but said it was "a fact that, over the last seven years, we as a city have lost £600 million from our budget - we have had to close police stations, sell police buildings and we've lost thousands of police staff".

In another incident, stabbings were reported at a restaurant in Borough Market, located not too far from London Bridge.

After the white van crashed into fencing by Southwark Cathedral, knifemen sprinted towards nearby bars packed with revellers enjoying a night out.

The BTP officer, who was on duty, was one of the first at the scene after he responded to calls for help from the public and suffered serious injuries, which the force said are not thought to be life-threatening. "The suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later established to be hoaxes".

Eight police officers fearing suicide blasts fired an unprecedented 50 rounds to kill the three.

A member of the public was accidentally shot.

Seven people were killed and at least 48 were hospitalized, 21 of whom are in critical condition. He was stabbed in the face and seriously injured, but is recovering in hospital.

The paper said that he was later seen "walking calmly towards an ambulance escorted by a police officer holding a makeshift bandage to his neck".

One French national was also killed, France's foreign minister said, though they have not been identified.

A second Australian is also believed to have been injured in Saturday's attack.

"A very high priority for us obviously is to try to understand whether they were working with anyone else, whether anybody else was involved in the planning of this attack and to find out the background to it", Dick told the BBC.

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Seven women and four men, aged 19 to 60, remain in custody.

Dick said police had seized "a huge amount of forensic material" after going through the van used in the attack "very very carefully".

He also offered Britain his support.

The CBC, citing her fiancé's siblings, reported that the 30-year-old woman was in London for the weekend with her fiancé, Tyler Ferguson. The assault was claimed by the so-called Islamic State group.

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday blamed "evil" Islamist ideology and vowed to crackdown on extremist content online worldwide, warning that attackers were "copying one another".

The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the attacks on Sunday night.

In their first joint appearance overseas, Mr Mattis and Mr Tillerson spoke alongside their Australian counterparts at the opening of a joint meeting expected to touch on a range of subjects including defeating the Islamic State group, stabilising Afghanistan and dealing with North Korea's nuclear threats.

Dr Miranda Fay Thomas, of Oxford's St Anne's College and London's The Globe Theatre, tweeted following the attacks, sharing her sympathies with the victims.

The Shard skyscraper - Britain's tallest building and one of the best-known sights on the London skyline - is also at the south end of London Bridge.

London Bridge station was closed throughout Sunday, and originally police said it would reopen at 05.00 this morning, but only for arriving passengers.

Police have cordoned off the area to carry out their investigation, which is having a big impact on transport.

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