Breaking: Terror in London

 
London Metropolitan Police on London Bridge.

A van plowed into a crowd on London Bridge, followed by knife attacks, according to reports out of the UK. Police also say armed officers are responding in nearby the Borough Market area. Early reports have noted significant gunfire.

“The prime minister is in contact with officials and is being regularly updated on the incident at London Bridge,” read a statement by Downing Street. President Trump has also been notified and is following developments.

The BBC is offering live updates here. Sky News updates are here, and also are being broadcast in the States by Fox News.

Updates:

Statement from Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley at 10:58 pm ET (3:58 am BST):

“Since late yesterday evening [Saturday, 3 June], the Metropolitan Police Service has been responding to incidents in the London Bridge and Borough Market areas of south London. We are treating this as a terrorist incident and a full investigation is already underway, led by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.

“You will understand that our knowledge of the incident is still growing but what we understand at the present time is:

  • At 22:08hrs yesterday evening we began to receive reports that a vehicle had struck pedestrians on London Bridge.
  • The vehicle continued to drive from London Bridge to Borough Market.
  • The suspects then left the vehicle and a number of people were stabbed, including an on-duty British Transport Police officer who was responding to the incident at London Bridge. He received serious but not life-threatening injuries. His family has been informed.
  • Armed officers responded very quickly and bravely, confronting three male suspects who were shot and killed in Borough Market. The suspects had been confronted and shot by the police within eight minutes of the first call. The suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later established to be hoaxes.
  • “The ongoing operation is led by the Met, working closely with British Transport Police, City of London Police, the London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade.

“At this stage, we believe that six people have died in addition to the three attackers shot dead by police. And at least 20 casualties have been taken to six hospitals across London.

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  1. Profile photo of Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    Just another day, Mr. Mayor?

    • #1
    • June 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm
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    Eustace C. Scrubb (View Comment):
    Just another day, Mr. Mayor?

    Well, it’s not daily yet. Last I remember like this was three months ago.

    • #2
    • June 3, 2017 at 4:10 pm
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  3. Profile photo of Jules PA Member

    From the BBC feed

    An eyewitness told LBC radio what he saw tonight.

    The taxi driver said: “A van came from London Bridge itself, went between the traffic light system and rammed it towards the steps. It knocked loads of people down.

    “Then three men got out with long blades, 12 inches long and went randomly along Borough High Street stabbing people at random.”

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    • June 3, 2017 at 4:11 pm
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  4. Profile photo of Richard Easton Member

    The EU has announced that the attack occurred because the U.K. did not take enough immigrants from the ROP. /s

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    • June 3, 2017 at 4:16 pm
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    Richard Easton (View Comment):
    The EU has announced that the attack occurred because the U.K. did not take enough immigrants from the ROP. /s

    I hope you are being sarcastic.

    • #5
    • June 3, 2017 at 4:19 pm
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    TeamAmerica (View Comment):

    Richard Easton (View Comment):
    The EU has announced that the attack occurred because the U.K. did not take enough immigrants from the ROP. /s

    I hope you are being sarcastic.

    Yes, I was (note the /s). Alas, these may become daily events if the Europeans don’t get their borders under control.

    • #6
    • June 3, 2017 at 4:23 pm
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  7. Profile photo of rebark Member

    The fact that these are occurring so frequently that we’re sarcastically quipping about the attacks while the bodies are still warm is terrible.

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    • June 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm
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    rebark (View Comment):
    The fact that these are occurring so frequently that we’re sarcastically quipping about the attacks while the bodies are still warm is terrible.

    Indeed, it is. And that the official responses will be so predictable is also terrible.

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    • June 3, 2017 at 4:39 pm
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    BD1

    When community leaders announce that people will not be intimidated and that things will go on as before, it won’t demoralize extremists. It will just signal to them that they can keep on stabbing, shooting, bombing and running people over at will.

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    • June 3, 2017 at 4:42 pm
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    • June 3, 2017 at 4:44 pm
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    BD1 (View Comment):

    When community leaders announce that people will not be intimidated and that things will go on as before, it won’t demoralize extremists. It will just signal to them that they can keep on stabbing, shooting, bombing and running people over at will.

    Yes, our supposed betters are lying to us about the cause of these attacks. I’m astounded that some conservatives continue to think that it has nothing to do with a certain religion.

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    • June 3, 2017 at 4:45 pm
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  12. Profile photo of Mike LaRoche Thatcher

    Islam is the implacable enemy of the West. Always has been, always will be.

    • #12
    • June 3, 2017 at 4:52 pm
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  13. Profile photo of Scott Wilmot Member

    This is what the Metropolitan Police tweet:

    Whatever happened to FIGHT? Aren’t these the people who survived the blitz from the German Luftwaffe?

    C’mon England.

    • #13
    • June 3, 2017 at 5:01 pm
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    Scott Wilmot (View Comment):
    This is what the Metropolitan Police tweet:

    Whatever happened to FIGHT? Aren’t these the people who survived the blitz from the German Luftwaffe?

    C’mon England.

    If they fight they might win. Can’t have that. Bad form.

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    • June 3, 2017 at 5:20 pm
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  15. Profile photo of Michael C. Lukehart Thatcher

    Here in Bakersfield, population 370,000, we have 7000 private citizens with concealed carry permits and thousands of on & off duty LE officers. Knife attacks? Vehicle attacks? We’d put an end to that pretty quick. Appears the UK is reaping the fruits of disarming it’s citizens while at the same time importing a hostile populace. Hard to see this ending well.

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    • June 3, 2017 at 6:34 pm
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  16. Profile photo of Peter Gøthgen Member

    An easy first step would be to bring the gentleman’s cane back into fashion. While it won’t defend against the car, a swinging rod of heavy wood will make short work of any knife attack.

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    • June 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm
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  17. Profile photo of profdlp Coolidge

    We can at least sleep easy here in the U.S. thanks to the brave judge who stopped that racist Trump from blocking people from our country just because they belong to the religion of peace.

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    • June 3, 2017 at 7:05 pm
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  18. Profile photo of Vance Richards Inactive

    Happy Ramadan

    • #18
    • June 3, 2017 at 7:08 pm
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  19. Profile photo of Mike H Thatcher

    So when shutting down immigration doesn’t cut back on terrorist attacks, then what?

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    • June 3, 2017 at 7:19 pm
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  20. Profile photo of Seco Coolidge

    Run and hide? That’s the best you’ve got? Best to just stay inside I guess.

    But we won’t let them defeat us!!! Unbelievable.

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    • June 3, 2017 at 7:33 pm
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    Peter Gøthgen (View Comment):
    An easy first step would be to bring the gentleman’s cane back into fashion. While it won’t defend against the car, a swinging rod of heavy wood will make short work of any knife attack.

    A snub-nosed .38 makes even shorter work of it.

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    • June 3, 2017 at 7:37 pm
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  22. Profile photo of The Reticulator Member

    After the Manchester terrorist attack one official said people should just keep on doing what they’ve been doing. ISIS followed that advice.

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    • June 3, 2017 at 7:40 pm
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    My thoughts and prayers are with this gigantic bomb. May it kill many Muslims.

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    • June 3, 2017 at 8:23 pm
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    Mike H (View Comment):
    So when shutting down immigration doesn’t cut back on terrorist attacks, then what?

    They won’t. The attackers, and those who will become attackers, are already in place. We are stuck with violence like this for at least a generation. What we, meaning Western civilization, can accomplish by stopping the ingress of violence, is to curtail the increase that is sure to come. Our “leaders” through their foolish actions, have sentenced thousands of Europeans, and also Americans, to violent death.

    If you doubt me, you don’t know much about Islam. Allow me to recommend that you read Sirah 1-5, then 9 & 10. And learn something about Sharia. Then we can have a rational discourse.

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    • June 3, 2017 at 8:28 pm
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    Mike H (View Comment):
    So when shutting down immigration doesn’t cut back on terrorist attacks, then what?

    Bluntly, the problem was imported. Warsaw doesn’t have these attacks. They didn’t import a hostile population. Maybe the first thing to do when you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging.

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    • June 3, 2017 at 8:43 pm
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  26. Profile photo of Qoumidan Member

    Found the caption a bit odd…

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    • June 3, 2017 at 9:00 pm
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    Peter Gøthgen (View Comment):
    An easy first step would be to bring the gentleman’s cane back into fashion. While it won’t defend against the car, a swinging rod of heavy wood will make short work of any knife attack.

    Well, if a man is trained to use it, it will help.

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    • June 3, 2017 at 9:10 pm
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    Qoumidan (View Comment):
    Found the caption a bit odd…

    Exactly. Those white vans are dangerous and need to be isolated. It’s just like all the crimes that SUVs and guns commit in the US. It is never the people driving or firing them.

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    • June 3, 2017 at 9:15 pm
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  29. Profile photo of dtw56 Inactive

    A few days after Trump leaves the Paris Accords. Coincidence?

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    • June 3, 2017 at 9:23 pm
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    Qoumidan (View Comment):
    Found the caption a bit odd…

    The Sun should give us the caption writer’s name so we can put it in sneer quotes.

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    • June 3, 2017 at 9:39 pm
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