Sunday, June 4, 2017

#LondonBridgeAttack: 7 Killed, 48 Wounded; 3 Suspects Shot Dead by Police [details]

[via:NBC News]
Seven people died and nearly 50 were injured when a terrorist attack unfolded in the heart of the British capital on Saturday night.

Officials said a vehicle barreled into pedestrians on London Bridge, and then three attackers embarked on a stabbing rampage at nearby Borough Market.

The National Health Service in England told NBC News that 21 people injured in the attack were in critical condition.

In the wake of the attack, British Prime Minister Theresa May said "things must change" when it comes to counter-terrorism policies.

"We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are," she told reporters outside her official residence on Sunday. "There is — to be frank — far too much tolerance of extremism in our country."

London's Metropolitan Police said Sunday that they had arrested 12 people in the neighborhood of Barking and were still searching properties in the area.

Those arrested were identified by police as a 38-year-old woman, a 28-year-old man, a 52-year-old man, 55-year-old man, 27-year-old man, a 55-year-old man who has since been released without charge, 49-year-old woman, 60-year-old woman, a 19-year-old woman, a 27-year-old woman, a 24-year-old woman and a 53-year-old woman.

The incident was reported at 10:08 p.m. (5:08 p.m. ET) on Saturday. Within eight minutes, all of the suspects had been fatally shot by officers, according to authorities.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said the three men were wearing what appeared to be explosive vests but they turned out to be fake.

He added that all of the attackers were believed to have been killed but added that it was early in the investigation.

Rowley said at a press conference later Sunday that investigators were making "significant progress" in identifying the three attackers and confirming if they were the only ones involved.

He added that eight officers fired 50 bullets while trying to stop the attackers, an "unprecedented number of rounds."

It was a "matter of life or death," as the assailants appeared to be wearing suicide belts, he said.

One member of the public was shot during the exchange but did not sustain life-threatening injuries, Rowley said.

He added that the public should expect to see additional police presence across the capital.

One of the those stabbed was a British Transport Police officer, who suffered serious but non-life threatening wounds. Forty-eight people were taken to hospitals in London, the ambulance service said.

Few details about the victims have been released, but on Sunday evening the French embassy in the UK said on Twitter that a French citizen was among those killed. Earlier, Canadian leader Justin Trudeau said one of its citizens was killed in the attack.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan described the incident as a "horrific terrorist attack," adding: "My message to Londoners ... is to be calm and vigilant today."

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