News - London Terror Attack

It has been confirmed that the death toll has risen to seven, with a further forty-eight people injured, after the London terror attack on Saturday night.

One of those hurt is a police officer who was stabbed after going to help. His injuries are not life-threatening.

First, a white van was driven at pedestrians on London Bridge at about 10pm on Saturday evening, then three men got out and stabbed people in nearby Borough Market.  Police said the three men were wearing fake bomb vests,   all three were shot dead by police.   Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick praised the "extraordinary bravery" of her officers, on and off duty, who risked their lives by rushing to confront the attackers.
The three suspects were shot dead within eight minutes of the first 999 call being received.

All political parties have suspended national general election campaigning in light of the attack, except UKIP,  their leader Paul Nuttall said he would carry on because that was "precisely what extremists would want us to do".

World leaders have condemned the horrific terror attack -

President Emmanuel Macron said France, which had four citizens injured in the attack, was more than ever at Britain's side.   Mr Macron was one of the first to react to the events, saying  "In the face of this new tragedy, France is more than ever at Britain's side. My thoughts go out to the victims and their loved ones."   Four French citizens were injured in the attack, one seriously, French officials said.

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull said his "prayers and resolute solidarity" were with the British people.   One Australian was in hospital and another was affected by the attack, Mr Turnbull said.

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel made the following statement "Today we are united across borders in horror and mourning, but also in determination.  - For Germany, I reiterate that in the fight against all forms of terrorism, we are resolutely at Britain's side."

Spain's foreign ministry said it shared "the pain of the relatives of the victims deceased in these cowardly attacks".

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he followed the incidents "with horror". He said: "Thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Please stay safe."

Russian President Vladimir Putin "sends his deepest condolences to Britons and condemns the terrorist act that happened several hours ago in London", his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said according to Russian media.
Later in a telegram to UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Mr Putin said joint efforts to fight terrorism "should be a mutual response", according to a Kremlin statement.

"Awful news from London tonight. We're monitoring the situation," said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter.

"New Zealand's thoughts are with the victims of today's attack," said Prime Minister Bill English. "Too many lives are being taken by terrorists set on inflicting pain and suffering on innocent people."

While in America, President Trump used the attack for his own political gains and agenda, tweeting  "We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!"