LONDON (AP) – The latest on the attacks in the London Bridge area (all times local):
Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain must do “more, much more” to fight Islamic extremism. She called it “an evil ideology” that perverts Islam and perverts the truth. May said Monday Britain will review its counter-terrorism strategy and consider extending prison terms. She said more must be done to combat “bigotry and hatred.”
Prime Minister Theresa May says police have identified all the London Bridge attackers and that 11 people remain in custody for possible connections to the attack. One person has been released without charge. Police raids are continuing. May said Monday the police and counter-terrorism operations are adequately funded and staffed and that the official threat level is to remain at “severe,” meaning an attack in highly likely.
Commuters and cyclists were back on the streets of south London Monday morning, elbowing past journalists and camera crews on Southwark Bridge Road’s narrow sidewalks. A commuter, Martin Howells, said things were calm but not unusually so. Standing near a lamp post smashed in the attack, he said: “It was really not different, it was surprisingly normal.”
Farhad Ahmad and Hazik Rahman, two members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, said they had been out since dawn answering questions from locals and reporters about Islam. Ahmad, a 25-year-old imam, said he came at 6 o’clock. He said: “We’ve spoken to seven to eight people. We feel that a lot of people do have questions in their minds.” His companion, Rahman, wore a blue hoodie with the words “Muslims for Humanity.”
Spain’s Interior minister says that a 39 year-old Spaniard is missing after confronting one of the assailants in Saturday’s deadly attack in central London. Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido says Ignacio Echeverria, a London-based banker, who was last seen in the vicinity of Borough Market. Zoido says friends and relatives say Echeverria had confronted a man who stabbed a woman. Interviewed by Cadena Ser radio on Monday, Zoido asked relatives of the Spaniard to keep calm because many of the wounded during Saturday’s attack are still being identified. The Foreign Ministry said Sunday that another man from Spain was being treated in a London hospital for non-critical wounds.
London police have raided raid two addresses and detained “a number” of people suspected of some connection to the Saturday night car attack and knife rampage on London Bridge. Seven people were killed by the three attackers, and 21 remain in critical condition. Following Monday’s dawn raids, lone local resident tweeted: “It woke me up along with the whole street. Extremely loud bangs followed by gunshot bangs. All ok – very shaken residents nearby though.”
Australia’s prime minister says up to four Australians were victims of the van and knife attacks on London Bridge and in London’s Borough Market. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says two Australians who both were stabbed in the neck are recovering. Candice Hedge is being treated in St. Thomas’ Hospital and Andrew Morrison received stitches and was on his way home to Australia. He says the government has “very real concerns” about another two Australians. Turnbull would give no details about their circumstances. He told reporters: “We have been in touch with their families” as Australian authorities try to confirm the status of the two people. Hedge was working as a waitress and was stabbed as she tried to hide under a table. Morrison was stabbed while leaving a bar where he watched the Champions League soccer final.
The Canadian woman who was among the seven people killed was struck by the van on the London Bridge. The sister of Christine Archibald’s fiance said in a Facebook message to The Associated Press that the two were on the bridge when Archibald was hit. Cassie Ferguson Rowe says her brother, Tyler Ferguson, held her and she died in his arms. She was 30. The Archibald family said earlier in a statement that she worked in a homeless shelter until she moved Europe to be with her fiance. Her family in Castlegar, British Columbia, says Archibald “would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death.” They asked those who want to honor her to volunteer their time or donate to a homeless shelter and to tell them “Chrissy sent you”
Australia’s foreign minister says three Australians have been injured in the knife attacks at London Bridge and in London’s Borough Market. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Candice Hedge is recovering in St. Thomas’ Hospital and Andrew Morrison had received stitches for a wound and was on his way home to Australia. Both had been stabbed in the neck. The government is still making inquiries into the third Australian’s condition. Hedge, a 34-year-old waitress, has been living in Britain for about a year and was working in the Borough Markets area where witnesses say she was stabbed as she tried to hide under a table. She posted on social media: “Hey everyone, just so you know im doing ok. Bit of pain but I will survive.” Morrison, an electrician from Darwin, posted on social media that he had been stabbed leaving Belushi’s London Bridge bar after watching the Champions League soccer final. Morrison said in a video: “All of a sudden this guy comes up with a knife. I just, like, push him off. I walk into a pub and I’m like: ‘Someone help me, I’ve just been stabbed.’ “
The SITE Intelligence Group says Islamic State’s news agency is claiming fighters for the extremist group carried out the van and knife attack in London that left seven people dead. SITE said in a statement Sunday that the Islamic State’s Aamaq news service cited “a security source” in the Arabic-language posting claiming the attack. Islamic State has often made such claims not just when it has sent attackers, but when extremists carrying out deadly plots were inspired by the group’s ideology. It’s the third attack this year that Islamic State has claimed in Britain, after the bombing in Manchester and a similar attack in the heart of London in March. The three attackers in Saturday’s attack have not been identified.
A Canadian woman who was among the seven people killed in the London van and knife attacks has been identified by her family as Christine Archibald. The Archibald family said in a statement released by the Canadian government on Sunday she worked in a homeless shelter until she moved to Europe to be with her fiance. Her family in Castlegar, British Columbia, says Archibald “would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death.” They say she was 30 years old. They asked those who want to honor her to volunteer their time or donate to a homeless shelter and to tell them “Chrissy sent you. “
The city of London is convening a public vigil for the seven people killed in the van and knife attack on London Bridge and at nearby restaurants. A statement from Mayor Sadiq Khan’s office said the vigil will be held at 6 p.m. local time on Monday at Potters Fields Park, an open space which surrounds City Hall on the River Thames near Tower Bridge. The mayor’s office says the gathering is an opportunity for Londoners and visitors “to come together in solidarity to remember those who have lost their lives in Saturday’s attack, to express sympathy with their families and loved ones and to show the world that we stand united in the face of those who seek to harm us and our way of life.” The invitation issued by Khan’s office says the vigil also is meant to show “We will never let these cowards win and we will never be cowed by terrorism.”
LONDON (AP) – London police say counter-terrorism investigators have searched two homes and detained “a number” of people suspected of some connection to the three men who swerved a van into pedestrians on London Bridge, then went on a knife rampage nearby.
Seven people died on Saturday and dozens were injured, 21 of them critically, in the attack. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility. London’s police chief has said the attackers have been identified, but the names have not been officially released.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick told Sky News on Monday she would not release further details in what she described as a fast-moving investigation, not would she say whether authorities were familiar with the men ahead of the attack.
LONDON (AP) – London police say they are responding to reports that a vehicle hit pedestrians on London Bridge and that there were stabbings at busy Borough Market nearby.
Soon after they responded to another incident in the Vauxhall area, over a mile away.
The Metropolitan Police says armed officers have been sent to the scenes and shots were fired. They did not say if officers fired the shots.
The force has tweeted a warning telling people in the area to run to safety, hide and then call police if it is safe to do so.