12 arrested in London over terror attack
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 23:21
Giving a fuller account on Sunday, police said three men leapt out of the van at London Bridge, brandishing knives and ran towards Borough Market, clarifying that the two locations were part of the same attack.
Scotland Yard said 12 people had been detained in Barking "in connection with last night's incidents" and that searches at a number of addresses in the area were continuing. Neighbors at the site of one major raid in Barking said a man who lived there resembled one of the attackers shown in news photographs.
"It has now been confirmed sadly that seven members of the public have died", in addition to the three suspects, London police chief Cressida Dick said.
French and Spanish people are understood to have been injured in the attack, as well as British police officers.
Saturday night's rampage by assailants wearing fake suicide vests at the popular nightlife hub of London Bridge was the third deadly terror attack in Britain in three months.
"He has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump's ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police - including armed officers - on the streets", the spokesman said.
"Many, many people risked their own safety to help others and to treat those seriously injured and indeed to confront the suspects involved".
Britain was already on high alert following the attack on a concert by U.S. pop star Ariana Grande in Manchester, northwest England. Grande and other stars are scheduled to perform a benefit concert for victims Sunday night.
The Muslim Council of Britain joined Islamic groups condemning the attack, saying the terrorists "respect neither life nor faith".
Daniel Ansah, 50, a security guard at Tito's restaurant in London Bridge, was present when the attack unfolded.
Another witness called Eric told the BBC he had seen three men come out of a white van after hitting pedestrians and thought they were going to help.
Police reported three separate incidents being looked into: one at the London Bridge, another at Borough Market and another in Vauxhall. She called for global agreements to regulate cyberspace and said Britain needs to become more robust at preventing the internet from being used to the advantage of extremist groups.
One of the men had a hood pulled over his head while another one used a jacket to hide his face, she said. Gunfire rang out as police shot the attackers - within eight minutes of being called out at 10:08 p.m. (2108 GMT), the Metropolitan Police said. And the general election will go ahead as planned on Thursday.
Pedestrians were later seen fleeing from the scene, heading north, after being told by police to leave the area.
Renan Marquese, a sous-chef at a tapas restaurant, said he was working when he heard chaotic sounds outside. "People running everywhere, police shouting to run away".