‘Act of Terror’ as Van Hits Pedestrians in London Bridge, Stabbings, Multiple Injuries
Police responded to an incident in central London on Saturday night following a report a van has hit a number of pedestrians on London Bridge. The Met Police has confirmed they responded to reports of stabbings in nearby Borough Market. The Prime Minister confirmed the incident is being treated as an act of terrorism.
At 2208hrs British Summer Time (BST), Metropolitan Police officers responded to reports of a vehicle in collision with pedestrians. Witnesses have said a white van mounted the pavement and ran over pedestrians.
Armed police arrived at the scene, and around 80 medics treated casualties on the scene.
BBC reporter Holly Jones, who was on the bridge at the time of the incident, said the van was driven by a man and was “probably travelling at about 50 miles an hour”.
Ms. Jones said the van, which was travelling from the direction of central London, headed towards the south side of the river.
An eyewitness told Sky News he saw people who seemed to have been run over and people being placed in an ambulance covered in blankets.
The Metropolitan has confirmed seven casualties, in addition to three attackers being shot dead by armed police, and 48 injuries.
Prime Minister Theresa May made a statement outside of 10 Downing Street following chairing the meeting of COBRA. Referencing the Westminster terror attack and Manchester attack, Ms. May said: “In terms of planning and execution, the recent attacks are not connected. But we believe we are experiencing a new trend in the threats we face as terrorism breeds terrorism and perpetrators are inspired to attack not only on the basis of carefully constructed plots after years of planning and training and not even of attackers radicalising online, but copying one another.”
“We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are. Things need to change and need to change in four important ways”:
1) Ms. May stated that the attacks are bound together by “the single ideology of Islamist extremism” which she called “a perversion of Islam”.
“Defeating this ideology is the greatest challenge of our time. But we cannot defeat it through military intervention alone” or permanent defensive counterterrorism operations. She said it will only be defeated when “people’s minds are turned away” from Islamism and they are “made to understand that our values…are superior to anything offered by the preachers of and supporters of hate”.
2) “Safe spaces” where this ideology is allowed to breed online must be tackled, she said, saying that they need to work with foreign governments to reach “international agreements that regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremism and terrorism planning”.
3) The prime minister also targeted “safe spaces that exist in the real world”. “Yes that means military action to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria, but that also means taking action here at home”
“Yes that means military action to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria, but that also means taking action here at home.”
“There is, to be frank, too much tolerance of extremism in the country. So we need to become far more robust in identifying it and stamping it out across the public sector and across society.
“That will require often embarrassing and difficult conversations. But the whole of our country needs to come together to take on this extremism and we need to live our lives not as a series of separted, segregated communities but as one truly United Kingdom.”
4) Robust counter terrorism strategy: “As the nature of the threat become more complex, fragmented, and hidden, especially online, the strategy needs to keep up. so in light of what we are learning about the changing threat we need to review Britain’s counter terrorism strategy to make sure police and secruity services have all the power they need. And if we need to increase the length of custodial sentences for terror-related ofences, even apparently less serious offences, that is what we will do.”
“It is time to say enough is enough. Everbody must go about their lives as they normally would.”
The prime minister stated that the Conservative and other parties will suspend campaigning for Sunday, but the election will go ahead as planned on Thursday.
The prime minister has led a meeting of crisis response committee COBRA and will make a statement Sunday morning.
In a press release released Sunday morning, Mr. Nuttall stated: “With more people murdered on the streets of our capital city last night by Islamist terrorists, it is more important than ever for us to confront this evil with the democratic principles that have made this country what it is.
“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of those who lost their lives last night. The courage and quick response of our emergency services have yet again saved countless lives and in the midst of such a tragedy, deserve our respect and admiration.
“It is time to start honouring our dead with more than just words. The only guarantee that will come from our choosing to stall the democratic process again will be more attacks; it is what these cowards want us to do.
“For those of us seeking to serve the people of this country, it is our duty to drive the dialogue on how best to confront and defeat this brand of terrorism. That is what UKIP will be doing today and beyond. Therefore, I refuse to suspend campaigning because this is precisely what the extremists would want us to do.”
The Labour Party, Conservatives, and SNP have confirmed they will be suspending campaigning.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has confirmed that seven members of the public have died in addition to the 3 attackers, 48 people were injured and taken to hospital for treatment.
“We believe this incident is under control”, but the cordon will remain in place as police need to conduct a thorough search to ensure everyone is accounted for and to make area safe.
From Breitbart (June 4, 2017)
Also See: The End (Of Britain) Is Near.