London attack death toll rises to seven, incident under control
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 17:51
Just hours after a terror attack in and around London Bridge killed seven and injured almost 50 people, mourners descended on the famous structure to post messages of hope and optimism. "Police flooded the area really quickly".
Khan has used those words in a television interview, but it was to reassure Londoners about a stepped up police presence they might see - "No reason to be alarmed". Hours after the attack the area remained sealed off and patrolled by armed police and counter-terrorism officers. London Bridge, Bank, Vauxhall and Borough stations are also closed.
British security agencies say several planned attacks have been foiled in recent months, many involving home-grown extremists.
At 10:08 p.m. (5:08 p.m. ET), London Metropolitan officers responded to reports of a vehicle hitting pedestrians on London Bridge. In Washington, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said US security officials were following the events in London closely, and that Trump was up to date on the details.
They joined the Conservative Party in halting campaigning ahead of the June 8 vote.
The Prime Minister, who was in the north on her campaign trail, returned to Downing Street last night.
World leaders voiced solidarity with Britain.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy wrote in Spanish on his Twitter account: "I am following with great concern the attacks in London, sad news".
"After Westminster and Manchester we stood together defiant".
Gentiloni was host of the Group of Seven summit in Sicily on May 26-27 during which leaders pledged new measures to combat terrorism including pressuring internet providers and social media to more swiftly remove terror propaganda from the web.
Forty-eight people were rushed to hospitals in the area, according to the London Ambulance Service.
A statement from the office of Emmanuel Macron, President of France, confirmed French citizens were among the injured and condemned "an abominable and cowardly attack against our free society". "We need to ask where it's going next", he said.
London has a large French population and attracts many French visitors.
A BBC reporter, Holly Jones, was on the bridge at the time.
She said campaigning had been suspended on Sunday as a mark of respect, but would resume on Monday.
The opposition Labour Party has not yet announced its plans for Sunday.
"I condemn it in the strong possible terms", Khan added.
She threw down the gauntlet to web giants and called for global agreements to regulate cyberspace, saying: "We can not allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed - yet that is precisely what the internet, and the big companies that provide internet-based services provide".
The attackers "had no clue what they were doing". "Our thoughts are with those who are caught up in these awful events", she said in statement.
"Many, many people risked their own safety to help others and to treat those seriously injured and indeed to confront the suspects involved".
May was due to chair a meeting of the government's Cobra security committee later on Sunday.
Around 10.08 pm, a report emerged that a white van had rammed into the pedestrians on London Bridge.
The three attackers had driven onto the bridge at high-speed, mowing down pedestrians before getting out of the vehicle and stabbing people at nearby bars and restaurants.