Pressure To Postpone UK Election After London Attacks
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 17:03
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a tweet that Canadian hearts were heavy with the news of the violence in London.
It is the second time the campaign for the June 8 poll has been interrupted by atrocities, following a three-day pause after the suicide bomb attack in Manchester.
Khan said he was in close contact with the Metropolitan police commissioner, Cressida Dick, and would attend a meeting of the government's emergency Cobra committee on Sunday morning. "It is an ideology that claims our Western values and freedom, democracy and human rights are incompatible with the religion of Islam". The BBC cited police as saying there had been more than one fatality. He said it took him 20 minutes to carry her across the bridge, stumbling all the way.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said USA president Donald Trump had been briefed on the incident by his national security team.
People run down Borough High Street as police respond to an incident Saturday on London Bridge, which has been closed in both directions.
Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick praised the "extraordinarily courageous actions by officers on and off duty first on the scene" who "ran towards the danger".
BBC reporter Holly Jones was at the bridge when the van came through and reported the van veered off the road and into crowds of people. The vehicle continued to Borough Market, a warren of narrow streets that's popular with tourists and full of bars.
The plumber, who cycled 35km from the Surrey border into London, said: "We've just to got to keep together - the whole world has".
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the attack was "a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners and visitors to our city enjoying their Saturday night", calling on people to stay calm and vigilant. "In addition, as you know, we believe, three suspects are dead", she said in a televised statement.
Dozens of emergency vehicles could be seen and a wide area around London Bridge was cordoned off as two helicopters hovered overhead.
Police shot and killed the three suspected attackers.
Authorities mobilized quickly once the emergency call came in.
General elections in the United Kingdom are scheduled for June 8.
The modern bridge was built in the 1970s, replacing earlier crossings in the same area going back to the Roman era, and is the subject of the old nursery rhyme "London Bridge is Falling Down".
"There was a guy with a really long blade randomly stabbing people". Police moved to clear members of the public away from the area.
One of the suspected attackers is shot dead by police.
The three attackers had been wearing what looked like explosive vests that were later found to have been hoaxes.
"We ran for like 100 meters and then saw loads of police cars turned up and there was kind of a period of quite intense gunfire", he said.
Giovanni Sagristani, 38 and his friends were in the El Pastor restaurant on Stoney Street on Saturday night when one of the attackers came in and stabbed a woman in the chest.
Police treated injured on the bridge, buildings in the area were evacuated and subway stations in the area were shut down.