3:19 pm - Saturday February 25, 4665

London Bridge Attack: What Happened?


MO, 5/6/2017, KUALA LUMPUR – Seven people were killed in a terror attack in London on Saturday night when a van smashed into pedestrians on London Bridge before three attackers went on a stabbing spree.

The trio were then shot by the local policemen.

This attack came 12 days after the suicide bombing in Manchester and just days ahead of Britain’s general election on Thursday.

There were reports of a white van sped up into pedestrians on London Bridge at 2208 hours. The van crashed into fencing by Southwark Cathedral. The knifemen sprinted towards nearby bars packed with partygoers enjoying night out. Armed police were quickly on the scene and three assailants were shot and killed within eight minutes of the first call to emergency services.

They were wearing what appeared to be explosive vests but then were discovered to be decoys.

Seven people were killed and 48 others were admitted to hospital. Of these 36, are still being treated, 21 one of whom are in a critical condition.The injured included a London transport police officer who was one of the first responders on the scene. He was stabbed in the face and leg.

A Canadian national and a Frenchman were among those killed, while seven other French nationals were wounded and another remains unaccounted for.

A Spanish citizen and one Australian were also injured.

Police on Sunday said officers involved in the “fast moving investigation” were working “tirelessly” at the crime scenes.

Searches have been carried out in East London and 12 people were arrested, with one 55-year-old man later released without charge.

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

The white Renault van used in the attack was recently hired by one of the attackers, the police added.

London police said more officers – armed and unarmed – would be deployed across the city, and there would be additional security measures on London’s bridges.

Prime Minister Theresa May said the attackers were driven by Islamist ideology.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, an online news agency affiliated with the jihadists said.

“A security detachment from Islamic state carried out London attacks yesterday,” the Aamaq news agency said.

London Bridge is one of the main arteries leading into the heart of the City business district in the British capital.

Borough Market, at the south end of the bridge, is a world-famous food hall and a trendy nightlife area always packed with revellers on a Saturday night.

The scene of the attack is also right next to London Bridge station, a key railway terminus and a busy interchange on the London Underground network. Police have cordoned off the area to carry out their investigation, which is having a big impact on transport.

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