Live Updates: Police Release Images Of London Bridge Attackers' Fake Suicide Belts

    Eight people were killed and dozens of others injured when suspects rammed a van into people on London Bridge then went on a stabbing spree at nearby Borough Market. Three suspects were shot dead by police.

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    Police make further arrest in connection to London Bridge attack

    The Metropolitan police have made another arrest in connection with the London Bridge attack.

    Officers with the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, supported by the Territorial Support Group, arrested a 19-year-old man at 9.50pm Sunday evening in Barking, the Met confirmed in a statement.

    "He was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000," the statement read.

    Searches of a residential address in Barking continue, with six men remaining in custody.

    –Rose Troup Buchanan

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    Police release photos of attackers' fake explosive belts

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    The police have released images of the fake explosive belts that the attackers wore. The attackers each wore belts with three disposable water bottles covered in duct tape attached.

    Commander Dean Haydon said: "I have not seen this tactic in the UK before where terrorists create maximum fear by strapping fake explosives to themselves.

    "Anyone who saw them on the night would have thought they were genuine. It is hard to speculate what the motive was for wearing the belts. It could be that they had plans to take the attack in to a siege situation or it might be that they saw it as protection from being shot themselves."

    –Ikran Dahir

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    Another man arrested on suspicion of terrorism

    Police arrested a 28-year-old man at a home in Barking in the early hours of Saturday.

    He was taken into custody on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, police said.

    The arrest took place just after 2 a.m. local time, and police said searches are ongoing in the area.

    Six other men are currently in custody in connection with the attack.

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    London Bridge terrorists planned larger attack with molotov cocktails

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    Before three suspected terrorists went on a killing rampage on 3 June in London, they loaded their van with gravel and explosives, tied a knife to one of their wrists, and left a Qur'an open to a passage about martyrdom.

    Those details were among a slew of new information released early Saturday by police who have been piecing together what happened during the deadly attack that left eight dead and dozens more wounded. The attack began shortly after 10pm when Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane, and Youssef Zaghba rammed into pedestrians on London Bridge.

    Hours before ramming the pedestrians, the attackers — who were all eventually killed — tried to rent a 7.5-tonne truck, according to police. However, Butt failed to provide payment information for the rental and it didn't go forward.

    Instead, that evening, police say Butt rented a Renault van. The men later drove up and down the bridge, scoping it out, before pulling a U-turn and hitting pedestrians.

    Read more here.

    —Jim Dalrymple II

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    Police arrested another person Friday in connection to the London Bridge attack

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    London's Metropolitan Police arrested a 27-year-old man Friday in connection to the deadly London Bridge attack, police said.

    Five other men remain in custody since Saturday's deadly attack, which has sparked a series of raids and arrest across London.

    The arrest was made at a home in Ilford, police said in a statement.

    The man was taken into custody on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism.

    Other homes across Ilford were expected to continue into morning, police said Saturday.

    —Salvador Hernandez

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    Man arrested in east London on suspicion of terrorism

    Detectives arrested a 29-year-old man at a home in Newham in the early hours of Friday in connection with the London Bridge attack, police said.

    Counterterrorism officers carried out the warrant around 1:15 a.m. and took the man into custody on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation, or instigation of acts of terrorism.

    Searches in the neighborhood were ongoing, police said.

    —Claudia Koerner

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    Family of off-duty police officer injured defending people during London Bridge attack say they are "extremely proud"

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    Police officer Charlie Guenigault, who was injured defending people from three attackers during the London Bridge assault on Saturday night, has been identified and named by his family.

    "Given the opportunity again, Charlie would no doubt do exactly the same if faced with the same situation; helping a fellow police officer in need and protecting the public," his family said in a statement released through the Metropolitan police.

    Guenigault, 25, is an emergency response officer on Southwark borough. He joined the force in 2014, and was originally posted Peckham police station on "C" team. His family said Guenigault's colleagues described him as a "dedicated police officer, who is a diligent, hardworking and respected member of his team".

    "We are extremely proud of Charlie who showed immense bravery on Saturday night," the statement said, adding that they had been comforted by the messages of support from the public during a "difficult time" as Guenigault recovered in hospital.

    "He is immensely proud to work for the Metropolitan Police Service and serving the Southwark community, and this is an example of that," they added.

    You can read more about the people injured in the attack here.

    –Rose Troup Buchanan

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    “I want you to know I did everything I could," injured police officer says

    One of the police officers injured defending passerbys from the three attackers on London Bridge has spoken from his hospital bed, where he remains in a serious condition.

    "I want to say sorry to the families that lost their loved ones. I'm so sorry I couldn't do more and I want you to know I did everything I could," the British Transport police (BTP) officer, who has not been named, said in a statement.

    The officer, who was on duty at the time of the attack, received wounds to the head, arm, and leg during the attack, but said he had been "truly moved and overwhelmed" by the support and comments from across the country and around the world.

    "Like every police officer who responded, I was simply doing my job. I didn't expect the level of love and well wishes I have received," he said. "I feel like I did what any other person would have done."

    "I am so proud of my colleagues from BTP and everyone from the other emergency services who were on shift that night and did everything they could in the face of danger. I especially want to thank the officers who saved my life and kept me alive. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for them.

    "Saturday night changed my life, like I'm sure it has for many others. My thoughts are with the people who died in the attack, but also with those that were injured and are recovering in hospital, including the three other officers that were injured, and all the members of the public who rushed to help."

    Eight people died and 48 were hospitalised after three men drove a van across London Bridge, ploughing into pedestrians, at around 10pm on Saturday night. 10 people remain in critical care in hospital. All three attackers were shot dead by armed police just eight minutes after the attack began to unfold.

    —Rose Troup Buchanan

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    French national Alexandre Pigeard named as victim, Met police confirm

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    The Met police have identified French national Alexandre Pigeard as the latest victim.

    Pigeard, 27, was living and working in London at the time of the attack. He was fatally stabbed whilst he was working on the terrace of the restaurant, where he had been an employee for nine months.

    In a statement released through the Met, his family paid tribute to a "marvellous son, a perfect older brother and a radiant young man".

    He was "much loved by all who had the good fortune to meet him. All his friends praised his kindness, his good humour and his generosity," the statement said. Pigeard, who loved electronic music, was a member of "Club 808", a group of DJs based in Caen (Calvados).

    You can read more about the victims of the London Bridge attack here. —Rose Troup Buchanan

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    Three men arrested in east London as investigation continues

    Three men were arrested in Ilford, east London, on Wednesday night, police said.

    Officers arrested two men on a street: a 27-year-old on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts and a 33-year-old on suspicion of a drug offence, police said.

    A third man, 29, was arrested at a home on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts, police added.

    Officers continued to search a home and a business in the area in connection with the investigation.

    The arrests come after 12 people were taken into custody on Sunday, then released without charge. A 27-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday and a 30-year-old man was arrested earlier Wednesday.

    —Claudia Koerner

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    CCTV footage shows police shooting London Bridge attackers

    Dramatic CCTV footage appears to have captured the moment police arrived at the scene of the London Bridge attack and shot the knife-wielding suspects.

    The video was shared on social media and its authenticity was confirmed by The Guardian. A source also supplied it directly to BuzzFeed News.

    In the video, a man can be seen walking down a street. A man with what appears to be a knife then runs up and lunges at him, followed by two other men. As the pedestrian is taken down to the ground, police vehicles arrive and armed officers get out.

    The suspects scatter, and the fatal shooting of at least one is visible on the footage.

    —Claudia Koerner

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    Police and Muslim leaders come together to pay tribute to victims of the London Bridge attack

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    A group of police officers who were among the first responders following Saturday night's terrorist attacks at London Bridge and Southwark gathered on Wednesday to lay floral tributes to the eight people who were killed and the 48 who were injured.

    Officers were joined by members of the British Muslim Forum, representing 500 of the UK's imams, who condemned the attack and said the actions of the attackers did not represent the Muslim faith. In a speech, they announced that they would not perform funeral prayers for the terrorists.

    See more pictures from the event here.

    —Laura Silver

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    The ex-wife of attacker Rachid Redouane has said she is "shocked and saddened" by Saturday's attack.

    Charisse O'Leary, 38, offered her heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of those who were killed and injured in the attack.

    "I am deeply shocked, saddened and numbed by the actions of my ex-partner who has killed and injured so many innocent people," she said in a statement to Press Association.

    "Since discovering that Rachid was responsible I have shed many tears for the people caught up in this horrific incident."

    O'Leary married Redouane in Ireland in 2012, and they have a 17-month-old daughter. She has since relocated to Barking, east London, where she was among those arrested in connection with Saturday's attack, the Daily Mail reported. She was later released without charge.

    "Rachid and I have been separated for six months. We have a beautiful young daughter, that for the last six months has been our only bond and reason for contact," she said in Wednesday's statement.

    "My thoughts and efforts now are with trying to bring up my daughter with the knowledge that someday I will have to try and explain to her why her father did what he did.

    "I want to make absolutely clear, so that there can be no doubt, I absolutely condemn his actions and do not support the beliefs he held that led him to commit this atrocity."

    —Laura Silver

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    Spanish national identified as among victims, his family has confirmed

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    Ignacio Echeverría, 39, is among the people to have died in Saturday's attack.

    "Ignacio didn't survive the time of the attack," his sister Echeverría wrote on Facebook. "Thanks to all who loved him and took care of."

    Echeverría, from Madrid, Spain, was living in London and working as a financial adviser at HSBC.

    Echeverría was dubbed the "skateboard hero" following reports that he sustained his injuries while using his skateboard to ward off the attackers after he rushed to help a woman who was being attacked on London Bridge. He had been on his way home from a local skatepark at the time.

    Shortly after his death was announced, members of the public left messages on his Facebook page lauding his fatal act of heroism.

    "You were an example for humanity. We haven't met, but today I'll talk to my children about you," Alejandro Candioti wrote.

    Read more about Ignacio Echeverría and the other victims of Saturday's attack here.

    —Laura Silver

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    Theresa May says she isn't making a U-turn on anti-terror powers

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    Theresa May has denied making a U-turn on counterterrorism, insisting that she is now revisiting legal restrictions that she rolled back as home secretary because the terrorism threat has changed drastically since then.

    In the Home Office, May withdrew some of the controversial anti-terror powers that Labour had introduced, including control orders and 28-day detention of suspects without charge. Those powers now appear to be back on the table after May said on Tuesday night she will tear up human rights laws if they get in the way of stopping terrorism.

    On the final full day of campaigning for Thursday's general election, May continued to face difficult questions from journalists about the government's record on national security in the wake of the killings in Manchester and London.

    At a campaign rally in Norwich, May was asked by one journalist if she had threatened to weaken human rights laws in a "desperate attempt to appear tough on terror" and deflect attention from potential failures by the government in protecting public safety.

    May said she was being pragmatic in the decisions she made as home secretary, responding to what the police and intelligence services asked for, and proportionate to the threat at the time. She was considering going back on some of those decisions now because the terrorism threat has changed, she said.

    You can read the full story here. —Alex Spence

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    Here the questions facing the British government, MI5, and police after three terror attacks

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    The UK has now had three terror attacks in three months, killing 35 people – making this the deadliest year for terror deaths since 2005. Given this, the UK government, police, and MI5 are facing questions over whether they could have done more to prevent the attacks.

    Questions centre on why suspects in all three attacks were known to security services but still able to conduct acts of terror, how one attacker was able to enter the country despite being on EU watchlists, and the degree to which cuts to policing budgets were a factor in the attacks.

    You can read a full breakdown of the questions being asked here.

    —James Ball

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    Italian authorities say they passed on information about third attacker to British officials

    Giuseppe Amato, the chief prosecutor in Bologna, has said he warned British officials about the risk Youssef Zaghba posed when he was investigated in 2016.

    "We monitored him while he was here and our officers had alerted the British authorities," Amato told The Guardian. He personally witnessed a report from Bologna's chief counterterrorism official on Zaghba that had been sent to London.

    "We did our best. We could just monitor and surveil him and send a note to British authorities, that's all we could do. And we did it," Amato told the newspaper. The prosecutor went on to say that when Zaghba periodically returned to Italy from the UK to visit his mother, Italian security officials "surveilled his every move".

    Finally, Amato also confirmed that Zaghba was on a European-wide watchlist. "He was definitely on a list of suspected terrorists and that list could have been accessed by the British," Amato said.

    The disclosure will add to pressure on the security services following the London Bridge attack. Eight people were killed and 48 injured in the assault in central London on Saturday night.

    —Rose Troup Buchanan

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    "Significant spike" of hate crime and Islamophobic incidents after London Bridge attack, says Sadiq Khan

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    London's mayor has warned that there has been a "significant spike" in hate-related and Islamophobic incidents in the wake of the London Bridge attack that killed eight people.

    In a statement posted to his official Facebook page, Sadiq Khan – one of the first Muslim mayors of a major Western city – urged Londoners to pull together in the face of such hatred.

    There was a 40% rise in racist incidences on 6 June to 54, compared to the yearly daily average of 38, provisional statistics from the Metropolitan police show.

    A statement from the mayor's office notes that this is the highest recorded number of incidents this year, and "higher than recorded levels following the Paris attacks in November 2015 and the murder of Lee Rigby in May 2013".

    Read Khan's full statement below:

    "There has been a significant spike in incidents of hate crime and Islamaphobic incidents in the aftermath of the London Bridge attack.

    "One of the greatest things about London is our defiant unity in the face of adversity - and that will not change in the aftermath of this horrific attack.

    "Just as the police will do everything possible to root out extremism from our city, so we will take a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime.

    "If you witness a hate crime please report it to the police. If you commit a hate crime, you face arrest.

    "I'm calling on all Londoners to pull together, and send a clear message around the world that our city will never be divided by these hideous individuals who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life."

    —Rose Troup Buchanan

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    Police confirm death toll from attacks now up to eight

    The Metropolitan police have confirmed the number of victims from the London Bridge attack has risen to eight, one more than previously stated.

    A body pulled from the River Thames at Limehouse increased the overall count. While formal identification is yet to take place, the Met said that the family of French national Xavier Thomas, 45, had been informed of the development.

    The NHS has also released a statement regarding those injured in the attack. Of the 48 individuals who were initially admitted for treatment, 29 remain in London hospitals.

    "Of these 10 patients remain in a critical condition," the statement said.

    —Rose Troup Buchanan

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    Spanish official questions the delay in identifying victims

    Ignacio Echeverria, a 39-year-old Spanish national who works as a financial analyst for HSBC banks has been missing since Saturday's attack. He is last reported to have been seen attempting to fend off the attackers with a skateboard.

    British authorities have requested Echeverria's fingerprints to assist with their identification process, his brother Joaquin wrote on Facebook. On Tuesday, the family was told there would be a wait of around 24-48 hours before they could be given any more information on Echeverria.

    The family's frustration was echoed by the Spanish interior minister, Juan Ignacio Zoido, on Wednesday, who said he found delays by UK officials to be strange.

    "Especially during a terrorist attack, the victims and their relatives have to be well taken care of," he told a Spanish public radio station, the Associated Press reported.

    A spokesperson for the Metropolitan police told BuzzFeed News that identifying a large number of casualties after a major incident like Saturday's attack was a complex and challenging process.

    "Accurately identifying victims is crucial and every care is taken to ensure this is done as quickly as possible, with due consideration to the families, in liaison with the senior identification manager and Coroner," the spokesperson said.

    —Laura Silver

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    The body of a French national has been pulled from the River Thames

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    The Metropolitan police has confirmed that a body has been pulled from the River Thames near Limehouse, a short distance along the river from where Saturday's attacks took place, and it is believed to be that of 45-year-old Xavier Thomas.

    Thomas had been missing since Saturday night.

    His girlfriend Christine Delcros was seriously injured in the attack, and remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital, her sister Nathalie Cros Brohan said on Facebook.

    Formal identification is yet to take place, but Thomas's family have been informed.

    French minister for foreign affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian extended his condolences to Thomas' family and friends. "I assure all the families concerned of my profound solidarity at this painful time," he said. "As I pledged in London, everything will be done to support the victims and their families in this ordeal."

    Le Drian said French authorities had been aware of two French fatalities and one French national who was missing.

    It was previously believed that seven people were killed in Saturday's attack. The formal identification of Thomas will take the death toll to eight.

    —Laura Silver

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    French national identified as among victims by friends and family

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    Sebastien Belanger, a 36-year-old French chef, has been identified by friends and family as among the dead following Saturday's London Bridge attack.

    Belanger, who lived in London, worked at the Blueprint café a short distance along the Thames from where the attack took place, and had been in the London Bridge area watching football with friends on Saturday night, according to the Evening Standard.

    Friends and family, led by his girlfriend Gerda Bennet, had been searching desperately for Belanger who disappeared following the attack.

    "Saddest and heart breaking news I ever received. My brother, my dear friend Sebastien Belanger you will be so missed," Pawel Rolka, a friend, wrote on Facebook on Tuesday night. "My heart is full of anger and pain. It was amazing working with you and I'm pleased I meet you in my life. RIP Sebastien Belanger."

    You can read more about the victims of the London Bridge attack here.

    —Laura Silver

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    Victims of London Bridge attackers recount horrific experiences

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    Roy Larner, a 47-year-old from London, was stabbed eight times in the head, neck, and back.

    Larner, who is recovering in hospital and also has wounds to both hands, reportedly fought the terrorists during Saturday's attack.

    Friends have set up a crowdfund on JustGiving to honour his bravery, so far raising over £27,000. Donations have come in from the UK and also from Australia, Germany, and Singapore.

    He told Good Morning Britain: "The three of them, I'm fighting them, and at the time I'm thinking of those families and kids who need to get out of the bar.

    "It happened in about 45 seconds and as I've got them out they've been shot around me."

    You can read more about the people who survived here.

    —Sara Spary

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    Second Australian named as London Bridge victim by friends and family

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    Sara Zelenak has been identified as the second Australian killed in the London Bridge terror attack on Saturday night, according to post on social media by her friends and family.

    The 21-year-old from Brisbane, who is thought to have been living in London working as a nanny, was reported to have become separated from her friends at the time of the attack.

    "Rest easy wherever you are, I hope there is lots of KFC and hot boys with you. Forever love," her best friend Sam Hetherington wrote on Facebook on Wednesday morning.

    Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop had earlier said she was "deeply saddened" to confirm that two Australians had died.

    Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said the government had been in touch with the families of both Australian victims.

    "We have been in touch with the families of the two young women that you've mentioned, Kirsty Boden and Sara Zelenak," he told 3AW radio.

    You can read more about the victims here.

    —Laura Silver

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    Theresa May criticised by Labour over proposed human rights law changes after London Bridge attack

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    Keir Starmer has called prime minister Theresa May's calls to push back human rights legislation in the wake of the London Bridge attack a "diversionary" tactic.

    Seven people died and 48 were injured after three attackers drove a van through pedestrians on London Bridge, before leaving the vehicle and attacking people on foot with knives. In the wake of the attack, the run-up to the general election has increasingly focused on security and police funding.

    Starmer, speaking on the BBC's Today programme and Sky News this morning, said that after being challenged on her record as home secretary, May "has thrown up the human rights act as if that's the problem. The Human Rights Act didn't cause any problems in those key areas."

    Yesterday, May told an audience in Slough that she will introduce tougher anti-terrorism measures if she wins the general election on Thursday, including restricting the movement of suspects when the authorities do not have enough evidence to prosecute them.

    You can read more about the Conservative proposal and the political backlash here.

    —Rose Troup Buchanan

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    Another man has been arrested in connection with the attack

    Police carried out a search in east London early Wednesday morning in connection with the London Bridge attack. According to the Metropolitan police, a 30-year-old man was arrested on terrorism charges during the search.

    Two men are currently in custody in connection to the London Bridge investigation. Twelve other people who were arrested Sunday have since been released. —Grace Wyler

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    Cordons come down in much of London Bridge crime scene

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    Much of the London Bridge crime scene had reopened by the early hours of Wednesday, police announced.

    Borough High Street and the area to the east had reopened by 2 a.m. local time, police said. Borough Market and a small area surrounding it remained closed to the public.

    #LondonBridge - Borough High Street has now re-opened at Great Dover Street / Marshalsea Road. London Bridge is also open northbound.

    #LondonBridge has now also re-opened southbound. This means the only remaining closure is Southwark Street east of Southwark Bridge Road.

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    Police in Ireland arrest man in connection to London attack

    Ireland's police force, Garda Siochana, said they arrested a man in his thirties on Tuesday just south of Dublin under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

    He was being questioned about documentation connected to Rachid Redouane, one of the three London Bridge attackers killed by British police, the Associated Press reported.

    His identify was not immediately released.

    —Jason Wells

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    UK officials had been investigating the lead attacker for years

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    British officials had flagged who they believe was the leader of the London attack as a major potential threat and started investigating him intensely in 2015, UK counterterrorism sources told CNN and the Associated Press.

    Police and M15 saw Khuram Shazad Butt as a powerful figure in al-Muhajiroun, a UK-based extremist terrorist organization that supports ISIS, sources told CNN.

    His extremist views made him potentially one of the most dangerous radicals in the UK, CNN added.

    Butt, 27, was a UK citizen who was born in Pakistan. He was connected to Anjem Choudary, a leader in al-Muhajiroun who was jailed for supporting ISIS and who praised the 9/11 attackers.

    Officials believe Choudary was key in Butt's radicalisation, the AP reported.

    One of Butt's alleged connections is also suspected of training one of the four suicide bombers who killed 52 people in the 2005 London bombings.

    Butt was known to the police and MI5, but, police said, "there was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned and the investigation had been prioritized accordingly."

    UK counterterrorism officials had been aggressively trying to eradicate al-Muhajiroun in 2014 after British extremists started joining ISIS in Syria and had links to the group, according to CNN.

    "Everybody knows they are dangerous extremists who secretly support terrorist groups," Mohammed Shafiq – chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organisation – told BuzzFeed News in a previous interview when asked of Butt and Choudary.

    "I'm not surprised he's done what he's done. I'm just surprised our authorities are not able to take action and keep an eye on these people," Shafiq added. "They've clearly been investigated and on the radar."

    Brianna Sacks

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    Mother of third attacker says she believes her son was radicalised online and by people he met in London

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    The mother of Youssef Zaghba, the third London Bridge attacker, confirmed that her son was trying to get to Syria last year and believes he was radicalised online and by his friends in London.

    In an interview with Italian news site L'Espresso, Valeria Khadija Collina said her 22-year-old son had an idealized version of Syria due to ISIS propaganda, despite her warning him that he was being misled.

    "For him, Syria was a place he could live according to a pure Islam," Collina said. "I always said that there were horrible things that they weren't showing him. Unfortunately, I could not change his mind."

    Collina last spoke to her son on the phone last Thursday, then "he disappeared." In hindsight, she says she realised the phone call was a goodbye.

    Zaghba had studied computer science in Fez before moving to London, and that's when things changed. Collina told L'Espresso that her son started hanging with "the wrong people" and believes that they helped radicalise him.

    "We always checked his friends and that he didn't mix up with the wrong people. But he had the internet and that is where everything comes from," she said. "Neither in Italy nor in Morocco...did he ever let himself be influenced by anyone."

    She also confirmed that Italian police arrested Zaghba last March after he bought a one-way ticket to Turkey from Bologna, where she lives.

    A senior Italian official told BuzzFeed News that police were convinced Zaghba planned to join a militant group in Syria but were unable to prove charges. He was eventually released but kept under limited surveillance as a terror threat.

    Collina told the outlet that she is "distraught" and implores people to understand that her son's extremist beliefs do not represent true Islam.

    "We must fight the ideology of the Islamic State with true knowledge, and I will do it with all my strength," she told the news site.

    Brianna Sacks

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    Theresa May says she'll tear up human rights laws if they stop her catching terrorists

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    Theresa May has threatened to tear up human rights laws if they get in the way of stopping Islamist extremism.

    Speaking at a Conservative rally in Slough on Tuesday night, with the election campaign entering its final hours, the prime minister sought to head off increasing questions about the government's record on national security in the wake of the London Bridge terror attack.

    May said she will introduce tougher anti-terrorism measures if she wins the general election on Thursday, including restricting the movement of suspects even if the authorities do not have enough evidence to prosecute them.

    The prime minister also vowed to make it easier to deport foreign terror suspects to their home countries and introduce longer sentences for those convicted of terror offenses if she is re-elected.

    Read more here.

    —Alex Spence

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    French national Xavier Thomas has been missing since the night of the London Bridge attack

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    Thomas, 45, was visiting London with his girlfriend and was on the bridge at the time of the attack, according to the Metropolitan police, who are looking for any information as to Thomas's whereabouts.

    His girlfriend was hit by the van and seriously injured, according to witnesses, it's possible that Thomas was also struck by the van and subsequently fell into the River Thames. Police have searched the river but Thomas has not been located.

    The police are asking for anyone with information to contact them on 0800 0961 233.

    —Jessica Simeone

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    Khuram Shazad Butt's uncle says family is with the victims

    Khuram Butt's uncles' message to the families of the London Bridge victims, in between tears of sympathy 💔

    In an interview with BBC reporter Secunder Kermani, suspected London Bridge attacker Khuram Shazad Butt's uncle said this of the attack victims, "we are with them...I don't know their names...but I feel like they're my relatives."

    –Jessica Simeone

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    MI5 and police need to examine work in wake of London Bridge attack, May says

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    At a campaign event in Stoke, BuzzFeed News asked May whether foreign secretary Boris Johnson was right to say MI5 had questions to answer.

    "I think Boris Johnson made the point that I've answered, in a sense, by making the point that actually MI5 and the police, I would expect them to look into how they've handled this case, once they've done the necessary work they need to be focused on now, which is investigating the threat," the prime minister said.

    "As the terror threat evolves, we need to see how we adapt to deal with that terror threat. And after appalling tragedies such those that have taken place, we look at what has happened and what lessons need to be learned."

    Earlier, Johnson asked how one of the attackers had slipped through the security services' net. As foreign secretary Johnson is responsible for GCHQ and MI6. "And that is a question that will need to be answered by MI5, by the police as the investigation goes on. I can't answer that question now," he told Sky News.

    You can read more about the fallout on the security services in the wake of the London attack here.

    –Alex Spence and Rose Troup Buchanan

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    Italian law enforcement confirm third attacker was arrested attempting to fly one-way to Turkey

    A senior Italian law enforcement official confirmed to BuzzFeed News on Tuesday that Youssef Zaghba, a suspect in the London attacks, had been arrested by Italian police on 15 March 2016 attempting to fly on a one-way ticket, paid for in cash, from Bologna to Istanbul.

    The official said that police were convinced he planned to join a militant group in Syria but were unable to prove charges. He was eventually released but kept under limited surveillance as a terror threat.

    You can read more about the three attackers here.

    – Mitch Prothero

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    Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visit hospital where wounded treated

    Peter Nicholls / PA Wire/PA Images

    The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have visited one of the London hospitals treating those wounded in Saturday night's attack.

    They spoke with members of staff from the hospital, who were involved in treating the wounded. "You have a fantastic team here," the prince told staff.

    "You can see that the patients are receiving wonderful care," the duchess said.

    Seven people have died, and 48 were initially hospitalised following an attack on London Bridge over the weekend. Fifteen people remain in critical condition in London.

    –Rose Troup Buchanan

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    15 people remain in critical condition in hospital, NHS says

    NHS England has said that 15 people remain in a critical condition following Saturday's attack, with most of the critical patients being cared for at Kings College Hospital.

    32 patients remain in five hospitals across London as a result of injuries sustained during Saturday's attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market. Following the attack, 48 casualties were admitted.

    –Laura Silver

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    Theresa May says she expects security services to carry out a review into the London Bridge attack

    Prime minister Theresa May said on Tuesday that she expects security services to carry out a review into how they dealt with the London Bridge attack.

    MI5 and police have faced questions after it emerged that one of the three suspects had been filmed on a Channel 4 documentary about Jihadism, and was known to both police and security services – but had been downgraded.

    Earlier, May's foreign secretary Boris Johnson had said MI5 and the Metropolitan police have questions to answer over how one of the London Bridge attackers was able to commit such an atrocity when he had previously been under investigation for extremism.

    "MI5 and the police have already said they would be reviewing how they dealt with Manchester and I would expect them to do exactly the same in relation to London Bridge," May said earlier today in Bangor, North Wales.

    Sir Malcolm Rifkind, a former Conservative MP who chaired parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee for five years, told BuzzFeed News there would likely be multiple detailed investigations into recent terror attacks.

    One, he said, would be an internal inquiry conducted by MI5 itself, as well as an inquiry by the Intelligence and Security Committee – which oversees all three UK agencies – to investigate the agencies' response to the attacks.

    Rifkind said the crudeness of the attacks, often launched with knives and rented vehicles, presented an near-impossible job for security services. " It's not realistic or fair to expect MI5 or police to anticipate that or stop it happening."

    You can read more about May's reaction and security service reviews here.

    –James Ball

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    People are setting up fake JustGiving accounts claiming they're for victims of the London Bridge attack

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    At least three fake crowdfunding accounts have been set up in the wake of Saturday's London Bridge terror attack, which saw seven people lose their lives and dozens injured, BuzzFeed News has learned.

    JustGiving, the site that allows well-wishers to raise donations for causes, confirmed that it had taken down three false funds so far pertaining to be raising money for victims. One falsely claimed to be the BBC – with the word 'emergency' misspelt and another from the Evening Standard, but both were not found to be genuine and were removed, a spokesperson said.

    BuzzFeed News spotted a third account by a person going by the name of Bob Smith claiming to raise funds for a survivor of the attack, Roy Larner, who was stabbed five times and remains in hospital.

    The person posted a link to the fund in the comments of a genuine crowdfunding site set up by friends of Roy Larner and incorrectly claimed he had died.

    A woman, claiming to be Larner's niece, spotted the link and said: "I feel you may be using this as an excuse to raise money."

    BuzzFeed News flagged the account with JustGiving, which had yet to raise any money, and asked whether it was fake.

    JustGiving said it had removed the account after performing checks on it, and said it had already been investigating it when it was brought to the team's attention.

    You can read more about the fake JustGiving accounts here.

    –Sara Spary

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    John Oliver attacks some of the US media coverage of London Bridge attack

    In the latest episode of his show Last Week Tonight, John Oliver opened with a segment on the London Bridge attacks.

    After offering his thoughts and condolences to those who were affected, he decided to single out the American media for their coverage of the attack.

    In particular, he singled out coverage that featured reports that London is "reeling" and being "under siege".

    This sort of hyped-up headline does the terrorists' job for them. UK isn't "reeling" @nytimes

    Oliver also praised Londoner Richard Angell, who was a witness to the attacks on Saturday. Angell went back to the restaurant he was dining in to pay his bill on Sunday, and his comments about the attack went viral.

    You can read more about Oliver's show here.

    —Scott Bryan

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    An arrest has been made in connection with the attack in east London

    #Breaking Man, 27, arrested in Barking in connection with London Bridge attack, Scotland Yard says

    A 27-year-old man has been arrested in the Barking area of east London in connection with the London Bridge attack, the Metropolitan police told the Press Association.

    Barking is the area of the city where suspects Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane lived.

    —Francis Whittaker

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    Youssef Zaghba confirmed by Met police as attacker

    Met Police

    Youssef Zaghba has been confirmed as the third attacker by the Metropolitan police, shortly after the news was first reported by Italian media.

    The 22-year-old from east London was not a police or MI5 subject of interest, the Met statement said. Formal identification is yet to take place, but his family have been informed.

    He is believed to be an Italian national of Moroccan descent. According to reports in Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Youssef Zaghba was born in 1995 in Fes in Morocco to a Moroccan father and an Italian mother. She currently lives in the Italian city of Bologna.

    Zaghba's parents lived for a period of time in Morocco before separating. The suspect's mother then returned to Italy, and settled in Bologna where Zaghba is alleged to have visited her a number of times up until last year.

    The Corriere della Sera report claims Zaghba was arrested on charges of international terrorism at Bologna airport in March 2016 because he was trying to travel to Turkey, the report claims, to make his way to Syria.

    Zaghba was later acquitted but, according to Corriere della Sera, Italian authorities registered his name as a "suspected foreign fighter" and flagged him as a potential risk to both Moroccan and British authorities.

    The report also claims Zaghba was working a summer job at a London restaurant.

    You can read more about Zaghba and the two other attackers here.

    —Alberto Nardelli & Rose Troup Buchanan

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    Third victim confirmed as Australian Kirsty Boden

    Kirsty Boden / blog

    Kirsty Boden, a 28-year-old from Australia, was killed in the London Bridge attacks on Saturday, the Metropolitan police have confirmed.

    Boden, a nurse who was living in London, died while trying to help others who had been injured in the attack on the bridge on Saturday night.

    "As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life," her family said in a statement.

    Met Police issue statement on behalf of family of Loxton woman Kirsty Boden who was killed in London terror attacks… https://t.co/oOff9z7oB8

    Boden, who worked as a staff nurse in Theatres Recovery at Guys hospital, was an "outstanding nurse and a hugely valued member of staff", the hospital said in a statement this morning.

    Dame Eileen Sills, chief nurse at Guy's and Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, said she "couldn't put into words how sad I am that we have lost one of our own".

    Sills went on to say that Boden's colleagues described her as "one in a million, who always went the extra mile for the patients in her care". She said all her thoughts were with Boden's family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time.

    You can read more about the victims of the attack here.

    —Laura Silver & Rose Troup Buchanan

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    Youssef Zaghbra named as third attacker by Italian media

    Daniel Leal-olivas / AFP / Getty Images

    According to reports in Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera the third attacker is Youssef Zaghba. The report, which has not been confirmed, claims that the suspect was born in 1995 in Fes in Morocco. Zaghba is the son of a Moroccan man and a woman who lives in the Italian city of Bologna.

    The report goes on to say that Zaghba was stopped at Bologna airport in March 2016 when trying to travel to Turkey from where, the report claims, he wanted to reach Syria.

    Zaghba was cleared of any wrongdoing, but according to Corriere della Sera, Italian intelligence had flagged his name as a "person of risk" to both Moroccan and British authorities.

    The report also claims that Zaghba was working in a restaurant on London.

    Zaghba's parents lived for a period of time in Morocco before separating. The suspect's mother then returned to Italy, and settled in Bologna where Zaghba is alleged to have visited her a number of times, the last of which in March 2016.

    The Metropolitan police declined to comment on the name when contacted by BuzzFeed News. A spokesperson instead said that they would release information when they were ready, stressing that they were not yet in a position to do so.

    —Alberto Nardelli & Rose Troup Buchanan

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    A minute's silence has been held across the UK

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    Thousands of people fell silent for a minute at 11am this morning to remember seven people who died in an attack on London Bridge on Saturday night. Forty-eight people were injured.

    Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

    —Rose Troup Buchanan

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    This is how Londoners came together to show they are not afraid of terrorists

    Bex Wade for BuzzFeed News

    Hundreds gathered in Potters Fields Park on Monday evening for a vigil to remember the seven people who were killed in the London Bridge terror attack, many holding banners bearing the words "We Love London", "We Are Not Afraid", and "We Stand Together".

    London mayor Sadiq Khan, who led the vigil, invited all Londoners and visitors of the city to pay their respects and remember those who had lost their lives. He was joined by joined by the Archbishop of Canterbury, politicians including home secretary Amber Rudd and Diane Abbott, senior representatives of the emergency services, and community leaders.

    The vigil took place beside the river, a short distance from the location of the attack. Addressing the crowd Khan, London's first Muslim mayor, said he wanted to send a clear message to the "sick and evil extremists who commit these hideous crimes".

    "We will defeat you. You will not win," he said. "And as a proud, patriotic British Muslim I say this: You do not commit these disgusting acts in my name."

    The vigil ended with a minute's silence in solidarity with the victims and their families. Afterwards, floral tributes were laid at the flagpole outside City Hall.

    Bex Wade for BuzzFeed News
    Bex Wade for BuzzFeed News
    Bex Wade for BuzzFeed News
    Bex Wade for BuzzFeed News

    Read more about the moving vigil here.

    —Alicia Melville-Smith

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    Boris Johnson says MI5 and the Met have questions to answer over a dropped inquiry into a London Bridge attacker

    MI5 and police need to explain why attackers were able to carry out the #LondonAttack, explains @BorisJohnson… https://t.co/oYYwQ8Dc4G

    Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has said MI5 and the Metropolitan police have questions to answer over how one of the London Bridge attackers was able to commit such an atrocity when he had previously been under investigation for extremism.

    "People are going to look at the front pages today," Johnson said on Tuesday morning, "and they are going to say, 'How on earth could we have let this guy — or possibly more — through the net, what happened, how can he possibly on a Channel 4 programme and then commit atrocities like this?', and that is a question that will need to be answered by MI5, by the police, as the investigation goes on. I can't answer that question now.

    "What I can say is that we are not only going to invest in our counterterrorism, but we are also looking, as the PM said Sunday, looking at a range of intensified measures to tackle this hydra-headed problem."

    —Alicia Melville-Smith

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    Retired police officers say PM's cuts to community policing make it harder to prevent terror attacks

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    A former Metropolitan police commander, who led the team that unravelled the failed 21/7 bomb plot in London, says community policing cuts have made it harder to prevent terrorist attacks like London Bridge.

    Bernie Gravett, who was divisional commander of Westminster police for the Met, told BuzzFeed News the community policing units essential in finding the bombers in July 2005 had been cut from teams of five to just a single constable.

    He was one of several former senior police officers who spoke to BuzzFeed News about the devastating impact that budget cuts are having on forces' ability to prevent terrorism. One warned that forces are so depleted that if a Nice-style attack happened outside London it could take up to 20 minutes for police to respond.

    Police budgets have been reduced by more than 20% since 2010 in England and Wales, according to Home Office figures.

    The slashing of budgets has angered many in the police, with one retired detective sergeant telling BuzzFeed News that Theresa May was "absolutely loathed" by officers for the cuts she presided over as both home secretary and prime minister. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for May to resign over the impact of police cuts.

    Read more about what officers told BuzzFeed News about policing cuts here.

    —Emily Dugan & Hannah Al-Othman

    Meanwhile, the Metropolitan police have been forced to defend a decision to drop a past inquiry into one of the London Bridge attackers

    Met Police

    London's Metropolitan police have defended their decision to downgrade an inquiry into one of the men responsible for Saturday's London Bridge attack.

    Pakistan-born Khuram Butt, 27, of Barking, London, was known to police and MI5 in 2015. But the Met's Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said there had been "no intelligence to suggest" an attack was planned and inquiries into Butt where downgraded.

    "There was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned and the investigation had been prioritised accordingly," Rowley said during a press conference.

    The inquiry was "prioritised in the lower echelons of our investigative work", Rowley added. Asked by reporters if that had been a poor decision, Rowley said he had seen nothing yet to suggest that was true.

    However, Rowley did confirm police had received a call from a member of the public warning of concerns over Butt a few months after the launch of the police inquiry into him in 2015.

    You can read more about what the Met knew of the London Bridge attacker here.

    —Alicia Melville-Smith & Alan White

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    London mayor says Trump should not visit UK following his tweets about the London Bridge Attack

    Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his "no reason to be alarmed" statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!

    After remaining silent on Trump's comments initially, Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has now called for Trump's state visit to the UK to be cancelled due to his tweets.

    "I don't think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the USA in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for," Khan said during an appearance on Channel 4 News Monday night.

    "When you have a special relationship it is no different from when you have got a close mate. You stand with them in times of adversity but you call them out when they are wrong. There are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong."

    The US president accused Khan of having "to think fast" after the mayor of London said there was no reason for Londoners to be alarmed following the terror attack, which appears to have been conducted by Islamist extremists.

    Trump also said the mainstream media was spinning the story on the mayor's behalf and implied Khan, one of the only Muslim mayors of a major Western city, had to come up with an explanation for his comments after the event.

    In reality, Khan's comment was taken out of context by Trump on Sunday morning when Trump implied the Muslim mayor was playing down the impact of the attack. The original quote was intended to reassure Londoners they had "no reason to be alarmed" about the "increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days" on the streets of the capital, rather than the attack itself.

    Khan's original quote continued: "I'm reassured that we are one of the safest global cities in the world, if not the safest global city, but we always evolve and review to make sure we're as safe as we possibly can be."

    —Alicia Melville-Smith & Jim Waterson

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    Police conduct another early morning search

    Further police search in #Ilford following London Bridge terror attack https://t.co/T4fxEGgaY5

    The Metropolitan police conducted yet another search early Tuesday in connection with the London Bridge attack.

    According to a police update, officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command entered an address in Ilford around 1:30am. As of this update, the search was ongoing, and no arrests had been made.

    Late Monday, police announced that they had released all 12 people initially detained in connection to the attack.

    —Grace Wyler

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    Everyone arrested following London attack has been released

    Metropolitan Police announced Monday night that all of the 12 people taken into custody following the London attack have been released.

    Twelve people were arrested on Sunday after two homes were searched in Barking, east London. A 55-year-old man was released without charge, then by late Monday, police announced the remaining 11 people had also been released.

    They include a 38-year-old woman, a 28-year-old man, a 52-year-old man, a 27-year-old man, another 55-year-old man, a 49-year-old woman, a 60-year-old woman, a 19-year-old woman, a 27-year-old woman, a 24-year-old woman, and a 53-year-old woman, police said. Their names were not released.

    According to reports, one of the attackers lived in one of the homes were police had made arrests.

    —Claudia Koerner

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    Here are the two men London police shot dead after the terror attack

    Metropolitan Police / Via news.met.police.uk

    The Metropolitan Police on Monday identified two of the three suspects in the London Bridge terror attack.

    Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane, who both lived in Barking, east London, were both shot dead within eight minutes of the first call to police.

    Police warned that formal identifications are still pending.

    Butt, 27, was born in Pakistan. Redouane, 30, "claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan. He also used the name Rachid Elkhdar, with a different date of birth" showing him as 25 years old, police said.

    Read the full story here.

    –Tom Namako

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    US president criticises Sadiq Khan, again

    Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his "no reason to be alarmed" statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!

    Donald Trump has attacked Sadiq Khan, building on earlier criticism that the London mayor was playing down the severity of the attack on Saturday night.

    So far, Khan has declined to comment, with his team telling reporters yesterday that they had "more important things to do" than respond to the tweets.

    However, during a joint press conference with police commissioner Cressida Dick earlier today, he seemingly make a small dig at Trump. Discussing the importance of London as an international hub, he said the city hosted state visits, "some welcome, some less so".

    The question of whether Trump would visit the UK as part of a traditional state visit has been contentious. Prime minister Theresa May has been careful to tiptoe round the issue, avoiding directly criticising the US president.

    Earlier today, asked directly by BuzzFeed News what it would take for Trump to say for May to criticise him, the PM said she had already disagreed with the US president over climate change.

    Here's @alexGspence this morning, asking May exactly what Trump would have to say in order for her criticize him

    It's the latest in a small saga surrounding the president's tweets. Yesterday, the US president implied Khan – who is one of the first Muslim mayors of a major Western city – was playing down the severity of the attack following the deaths of at least seven people in Saturday night's terrorist incident.

    At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!"

    In response, Khan's spokesperson said yesterday that the mayor of London had "more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump's ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks".

    You can read more about Trump's reaction here.

    –Rose Troup Buchanan

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    The number of people in critical condition following Saturday's attack has fallen

    The number of casualties who are in a critical condition after Saturday night's attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market has fallen from 21 to 18.

    A spokesperson for NHS England told BuzzFeed News that this is because patients have recovered rather than died.

    Seven people were killed during the attack, including Canadian national Christine Archibald. The 30-year-old had been walking over London Bridge with her partner when the attack took place. The remaining six fatalities are yet to be named by their families or police.

    A total of 48 casualties were taken to five London hospitals following the attack, 36 of whom are still being cared for.

    —Laura Silver

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    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says Theresa May should resign over record on policing

    Jeremy Corbyn says he would back calls for Theresa May to resign over cuts in police numbers… https://t.co/n83NSHPgaM

    Speaking to the BBC, Jeremy Corbyn said "indeed I would" back calls for PM Theresa May to resign.

    "There have been calls made by a lot of very responsible people on this who are very worried that she was at the home office all this time, presided over these cuts in police numbers and now is saying we have a problem. Yes we do have a problem, we should never have cut those police numbers," he said.

    "But we have an election on Thursday and that is perhaps the best opportunity to deal with it."

    Asked directly whether she would resign at a campaign event in Edinburgh on Monday afternoon, May replied: "On Thursday the people of the United Kingdom have a very simple choice when they come to vote.

    "It's about who they believe has the leadership to take this country forward. To get the best Brexit deal for Britain from Europe, to ensure we can build that stronger, fairer more prosperous Britain for the future. Who has the leadership, who has the vision, and who has the plan? It's me and the Conservative party."

    —Alicia Melville-Smith and Jamie Ross

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    People explain why they trolled Facebook's safety check after the London Bridge attack

    Following the London Bridge attacks, Facebook activated the safety check feature. Shortly after this, people began to post fake, jokey, or irrelevant things in the community section.

    One of those posting an unrelated status said that the anger attracted by his status shows that emotions following the attack were misguided and should have been directed at things that could have done some good.

    Facebook told BuzzFeed News that the effectiveness of the safety check feature was of huge importance to it, and that if it believed the feature was doing more harm than good, it would be taken down.

    You can read more about these people here.

    —Rachael Krishna

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    Questions are being raised about what the authorities knew about the London Bridge attackers

    Peter Nicholls / Reuters

    Questions are being raised about how authorities handled intelligence after there were reports that the London Bridge attackers had been reported to anti-terror police at least twice.

    Following the attack on Saturday night that killed seven people and left 21 in critical condition in hospital, neighbours and former friends have told the press how they had contacted authorities after becoming concerned over the suspect's extremist views.

    Police had made 12 arrests during a raid at flats in Barking over the weekend. Officers searched two addresses in east London in Newham and Barking on Monday morning.

    A man claiming to be a former friend of the perpetrators, who did not want to be named, told the BBC Asian Network he had contacted police after comments the suspect had made over previous attacks, and is reported to have said authorities had failed to act and take action.

    A man who knew one of the London Bridge attackers has told me why he alerted authorities years ago #bbcasiannetwork https://t.co/x6meURiX2T

    A woman named Erica Gasparri also told The Guardian she had reported her concerns about the suspect's extremist views to police two years ago, after she feared he was radicalising children in a local park.

    The suspect is also said to have appeared in a Channel 4 documentary last year about British jihadis, and was involved in a filmed altercation with police after an Islamic State flag was unfurled in Regent's Park.

    It is the third such attack this year. In the aftermath of previous attacks, details emerged surrounding those attackers that indicated friends and family had made repeated efforts to contact authorities.

    You can read more about the reaction here.

    —Aisha Gani

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    Police investigation “enormous”, says police commissioner, as London's mayor criticises falling police funding for the city

    Isabel Infantes / PA Wire/PA Images

    In a joint public statement with London's mayor Sadiq Khan, the police commissioner confirmed the scale of an "enormous" police investigation into the events of Saturday night.

    Dick also paid tribute to the "amazing abilities" of the Metropolitan police and urged the public to "reach out" to their officers, so that they "could work together to keep this country safe".

    But she again rejected calls for arming police. "I do not believe that arming every one of our officers is a sensible or practical option," Dick said, noting that those who attack the UK want to change "our way of life" and arming officers would do just that.

    Neither Khan nor Dick would be drawn on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's comments that PM Theresa May should resign over cuts to police funding.

    "News to me, I have been busy today dealing with other issues, Khan said. "We need to make sure that the police have all our support as citizens giving them information, but it's a fact that the more resources that police forces have the better job that they can do."

    The London mayor went on to say: "It's a fact that over the past seven years, we as a city have lost £600 million from our budget. We have had to close police stations, sell police buildings, we have lost thousands of police staff.

    "Over the next four years there are plans to cut a further £400m from our city's policing budget. There are plans to change the police funding formula, which could mean that we lose up to several hundred million pounds on top of that, which means a total loss to our policing budget of £1.7bn and we don't receive the right level of funding that we should as a capital city."

    —Rose Troup Buchanan

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    One attacker found with Irish citizenship card, reports say

    Jack Taylor / Getty Images

    One of the men who carried out the attack on London Bridge over the weekend was found with an Irish citizenship card, Irish broadcaster RTE reported this morning, as did Sky News and Press Association, citing police and security sources.

    It was also reported that the Garda Commissioner held a meeting of security and intelligence officers in Garda Headquarters in Ireland. The man was not known to officers, but the Garda National Immigration Bureau is reported to be checking their immigration records.

    Contacted by BuzzFeed News, the Garda confirmed that the Commissioner will attend a review meeting this morning, and provided the following statement:

    "An Garda Síochána is providing every assistance to our colleagues in the London Metropolitan Police in relation to the terror attack in London. We will process all requests from the UK authorities in relation to enquiries into individuals, identities or any other matter."

    —Rose Troup Buchanan

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    PM says there is "too much tolerance of extremism in our society"

    .@BethRigby asks if police cuts were raised as a problem when PM was Home Secretary - PM says she'll introduce coun… https://t.co/mWQRjoWcie

    During a Q&A with journalists following a speech to the Royal United Services Institute, PM Theresa May refused to say whether she would reverse cuts to police forces made under the Tory government since 2010.

    Instead she repeatedly said the government had given police the "extra powers" they needed to tackle extremism.

    "[Metropolitan Police commissioner] Cressida Dick has said the Met Police are well resourced and they are. We have protected counter-terrorism budgets and from 2015 we have been protecting police budgets," May said.

    When pushed on previous cuts to police forces, she added: "It's about the powers you give police and I've been responsible for giving the police extra powers to combat terrorism, Jeremy Corbyn has opposed those powers. I absolutely support shoot to kill, and I think we saw on Saturday how important that was. Within eight minutes our officers had killed those attackers and that saved countless lives.

    "I've set out in my speech today that we need to take a much more robust approach to dealing with extremism in this country. I think we have seen overall too much tolerance of extremism in our society."

    May was also asked about US President Donald Trump's tweets criticizing London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the wake of the London Bridge attack.

    "Sadiq Khan is doing a good job and it's wrong to say anything else," May said.

    —Alicia Melville-Smith

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    Police have identified attackers, PM confirms

    Police have identified all three attackers, PM @theresa_may announces following an emergency Cobra meeting… https://t.co/Ptkl31Ay7n

    The police have now identified all three attackers, Theresa May has confirmed in a very short video statement, after chairing an emergency Cobra meeting this morning.

    The prime minister also said that 11 individuals remain in custody, and that while the national threat level would be held at severe, additional security measures were in place and "this includes a number of additional security measures at bridges in London".

    I have not walked across Westminster Bridge for many weeks - this pavement barrier is new to me. Sad reality

    "It is now clear that sadly victims came from a number of nationalities," she said. "This was an attack on London and the United Kingdom, but it was also an attack on the free world."

    —Rose Troup Buchanan

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    Identity of three attackers known, police commissioner says

    'It is appropriate to look at the amount of resources the police have' @metpoliceuk Commissioner Cressida Dick tell… https://t.co/9jixYaMbJz

    Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has confirmed that officials "believe" they know the identities of the three attackers, and said the police service needed to "step up a gear" following the London Bridge attack on Saturday night, which left at least seven people dead.

    Dick, speaking on Sky News on Monday morning, appeared to echo Theresa May's comments on Sunday morning in which she called for change and said that "enough was enough". The prime minister has come in for political criticism for her remarks outside Number 10 in the wake of the attack.

    "Any police leader would always want more resources," Dick said, adding that since 2013 police officials had foiled 18 terror-related plots, and "have been arresting about one person a day for terror offenses", she said.

    "We need to look right across the strategy and resourcing of the police and beyond," Dick said. "These are all things we need to think about as we change going forward."

    "We need to step up a gear, and look at what we now need to do differently in the face of what does appear to be again a changing threat."

    Shortly afterwards, speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Dick said she was highly sceptical of the idea that an officer armed with a "side arm" was a more effective unit on the street.

    "I simply don't think that is a sensible response," she said.

    Dick continued that the Met had been investing in "highly trained, highly equipped, highly mobile officers," who are "much better" in quickly responding to the kind of threat that erupted on Saturday night.

    The commissioner continued that forces "have been recruiting to the levels that we expected".

    However, Dick declined to comment on precise numbers, following Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calls for 10,000 more officers three days ago. "You wouldn't expect me to comment on that sort of thing right now, as we are in purdah. As I said we would always want more resources and we need to use those resources more effectively," she said.

    Asked about the identities of the three men who carried out the attack, Dick confirmed on both Sky News and the BBC that police officials "do believe we know who they are".

    "We have made a number of arrests, we are trying to find out whether anyone was helping them and to understand the background to this attack as best we possibly can," she said. 12 people were arrested in Barking, Essex, yesterday and several more were detained in east London early on Monday morning. 11 people remain in custody.

    Dick continued: "There will no doubt be questions to ask ourselves about whether we knew anything about the individuals who committed this attack, what we knew, and what it meant.

    "We do have literally thousands, tens of thousands, of people who we would regard as persons of interest. We have fantastically powerful intelligence powers, we will know something about these people.

    "Our challenge is to find out about people we don't know about and secondly to find out what risk those we do know about pose at any one time. It is a challenging task because we are dealing with very high volumes." —Rose Troup Buchanan

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    Police carry out two more searches in connection to Saturday's attack

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    Forensics investigators work on London Bridge.

    Two properties in east London were searched and several people were detained early Monday morning in connection to the terrorist attack on the London Bridge, police said in a statement.

    The searches were carried out in Newham and Barking. On Sunday, four addresses in Barking were searched and 12 people arrested in connection to the attack. One person, a 55-year-old man, has been released, and 11 people remain in custody, according to police.

    So far, though, details remain scarce about the police investigation into Saturday's attacks. The BBC reported early Monday that police know the identities of the three suspects killed in the attack, but no information has yet been made public.

    —Grace Wyler

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    President Trump denounces the London terror attack, and pledges that "this bloodshed will end"

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    Delivering his first public remarks on the terrorist attack in London, President Donald Trump vowed Sunday night that the US would do everything in its power to "bring those that are guilty to justice."

    "We renew our resolve, stronger than ever before, to protect the United States and its allies from a vile enemy that has waged war on innocent life," Trump told an audience at Ford's Theater in Washington, DC. "And it has gone on too long. This bloodshed must end. This bloodshed will end. As president I will do what is necessary to prevent this threat from spreading to our shores."

    The remarks struck a markedly different tone than Trump's earlier comments on the attack, including his tweets calling for the US courts to renew his travel executive order, and criticizing the London mayor's assurances to the city's residents following the attack.

    President Trump addressed the London Bridge terror attack at Ford's Theatre Gala: "This bloodshed must end. This bl… https://t.co/IvfuCXsAZb

    —Grace Wyler

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    US State Department officials are frustrated by Trump’s criticism of London's mayor

    President Donald Trump's criticisms of London's mayor angered some State Department officials who described it as a counterproductive remark directed at a US ally scrambling to react to a terrorist attack. "It's embarrassing that the White House got into a Twitter fight" in the middle of a serious terrorist incident, a State Department official told BuzzFeed News. Another State Department official said Trump's tweets left him speechless.

    Trump criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan Sunday, mischaracterizing Khan's remarks following the attack on London Bridge and Borough Market that killed seven people and left dozens more injured.

    "At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'" Trump tweeted on early Sunday morning.

    Khan had instructed Londoners not "to be alarmed" when they see more police officers patrolling the streets. He also condemned the "cowardly terrorists" who carried out the attack. But Trump's tweet suggested that Khan was telling residents they shouldn't be alarmed by terrorism itself. In response, the mayor's office called the president's remarks "ill informed."

    The US official speaking to BuzzFeed News said the State Department's efforts to do damage control following Trump's tweets will be more difficult given the White House's failure to appoint officials for the positions of ambassador to Britain and assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs.

    "Trump responded to whatever drivel he saw on Fox," the official said. "We don't have an ambassador to the UK or an EUR A/S so it makes it that much harder to play catch up after he tweets something stupid."

    The political appointments have been temporarily filled by career officials who have already shown tacit concern about Trump's tweets. Lew Lukens, the acting US ambassador to Britain, stuck his neck out in support of Khan in a message on Twitter.

    "I commend the strong leadership of the @MayorofLondon as he leads the city forward after this heinous attack," Lukens tweeted a few hours after Trump's message went out.

    On Saturday night, the State Department sought to express US sympathies with its closest ally. "The United States stands ready to provide any assistance authorities in the United Kingdom may request," said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. "Our hearts are with the families and loved ones of the victims."

    Trump's critics, meanwhile, have criticized his response as unprofessional and illogical. "I don't think that a major terrorist attack like this is the time to be divisive and to criticize a mayor who's trying to organize his city's response to this attack," former Vice President Al Gore said on CNN on Sunday. —John Hudson

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    A Canadian woman named Christine Archibald is the first victim identified from Saturday's attack

    Cassie Ferguson Rowe

    Chrissy and her partner Tyler Ferguson.

    Archibald was from Castlegar, British Columbia, and worked in a homeless shelter before moving to Europe to be with her fiancé, according to her family.

    In a statement released by the Canadian government, Archibald's family said she "would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death."

    Read more about Archibald here.

    Brianna Sacks

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    ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack

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    ISIS claimed responsibility for the London attacks in a statement Sunday, roughly 24 hours after the incidents at London Bridge and Borough Market, according to SITE Intelligence Group.

    Through its media arm, Amaq News Agency, the group claimed that the three suspected attackers were part of an ISIS "security unit," and had been part of a "sleeper cell."

    However, though ISIS has often made such claims in the wake of terrorist attacks, the announcements do not always indicate any degree of international coordination or cooperation, and in some cases are largely a public relations exercise.

    —Grace Wyler

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    London police release limited information on arrestees as "fast-moving" investigation continues

    Frank Augstein / AP

    Police on Sunday released some information on the 12 people arrested so far in the "fast-moving" London Bridge attack investigation.

    Six men, ranging in age from 27 to 55, and six women, ranging in age from 19 to 60, were arrested in the community of Barking, Greater Manchester police said. One of the men has since been released without charge.

    Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said in a statement that police were also working to release the identities of the three male attackers "as soon as operationally possible."

    —Jason Wells

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    Details emerge of horrific injuries suffered by attack survivors

    Details of the injuries suffered by the survivors of the London Bridge attack started to emerge Sunday on social media and in television interviews.

    Many of their identities remained unknown over the weekend, but some were reported to have been from France, Australia, Spain, Germany, and New Zealand.

    For more on what we know, go here.

    —Sara Spary

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    French national among those killed in attack

    A French national was among those killed in the London Bridge attack, France's foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said on BFM TV.

    Seven French citizens also remained hospitalized, four of them in serious condition, he added. Another French national remained missing.

    Police have not identified any of the victims in the attack as they attempt to contact next of kin.

    —Jason Wells

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    Jeremy Corbyn says he’d use “whatever force is necessary" to stop terrorists

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    Jeremy Corbyn has said that police must be able use "whatever force is necessary" to stop terrorists on British streets and has vowed to increase the numbers of armed police officers in response to last night's terror attack in London.

    The two main parties suspended their election campaigns after Saturday night's attack on London Bridge, which left seven dead, but Corbyn restarted his campaign on Sunday night with a speech that outlined a significant hardening of his stance on how British police should deal with terrorists.

    Shortly after he became leader in 2015, Corbyn caused widespead controversy by saying that he was "not happy" with police being ordered to "shoot-to-kill" suspected terrorists on British streets – describing the policy as "quite dangerous" and "counterproductive".

    However, in his speech on Sunday night in Carlisle in the north of England, the Labour leader vowed to "take whatever action is necessary" as prime minister to tackle terrorism, less than a day after three suspected terrorists were shot dead by police in London.

    Corbyn also took aim at prime minister Theresa May, claiming she was warned about the effect that cuts on police forces could have on the security of British streets, saying she accused them of "crying wolf".

    Read more here.

    —Jamie Ross

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    London mayor announces vigil for victims of attack

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    London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced a vigil for the victims of the London Bridge attack that killed seven and injured dozens of others.

    The vigil will take place at Potters Fields Park, which is near the location of the attack, at 6 pm Monday. Those who cannot make the event were invited to observe a minute's silence at 6.20 pm in solidarity.

    "As Londoners, we will stand together in solidarity to remember those who were killed or injured in this horrific terror attack. There can be no justification or excuses for these barbaric, cowardly attacks," Khan said in a statement. "By standing together as a city, we will send a powerful message here and around the world: that Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism."

    —Jason Wells

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    Muslim Council of Britain secretary general: "Muslims everywhere are outraged and disgusted at these cowards"

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    The Muslim Council of Britain, which has an affiliation of hundreds of mosques, has said the level of anger in the Muslim community is such that some imams feel the perpetrators of the London Bridge attack should not be given an Islamic burial.

    At the London Muslim Centre based in Whitechapel, Harun Khan, the secretary general, said again that UK Muslims were "angry" and added the MCB would be stepping up efforts and launch a campaign to urge "mosques and associations to increase their vigilance".

    However, he added "the path towards extremism is outside of the mosque and at the margins of society."

    He said his prayers were with the victims and all those affected and said: "Muslims everywhere are outraged and disgusted at these cowards who once again have destroyed the lives of our fellow Britons."

    "That this should happen in this month of Ramadan when many Muslims were praying, and fasting only goes to show that these people respect neither life nor faith."

    In his message to assembled media, Khan said: "The level of our anger is such that some imams from a cross section of Islamic traditions say that these people should be denied an Islamic burial."

    He also addressed eyewitness accounts who said the perpetrators said they did this "for Allah," and said: "What we pray for is that these terrorists and their supporters face justice from almighty Allah in this life and the next."

    Khan appealed to the public and gave the example of communities coming together after the Manchester attacks and said: "Acts of solidarity deny these evil people their aims to divide our society.

    "There will be useful idiots who do the terrorists work by demonising Muslims, advocating that there should somehow be 'less Islam', and by extension, no Muslims. Let's ensure the voices of hate on both sides do not get an airing."

    Responding to the statement by Theresa May earlier today, Khan said: "I am pleased that the Prime Minister is speaking about conversation: It implies that we must listen to one another and work together to be part of a truly United Kingdom."

    – Aisha Gani

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    Brits knocking down possible Trump visit

    .@jonkarl: Some discussion at White House of possible London trip later in week to show solidarity after attacks… https://t.co/dRiWbx59rr

    The British government has not had any discussions with the White House about a possible Donald Trump visit to the UK in the wake of the London Bridge attack, BuzzFeed News understands.

    Earlier on Sunday, ABC News' chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl reported that there had been discussion at the White House of a possible trip to London by Trump in a show of solidarity.

    But UK government sources told BuzzFeed News on Sunday that while they had seen the US media reports, they had not been involved in, or heard about, plans for such a visit.

    "Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U. K., we will be there - WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!," Trump tweeted following the attack, in which seven people were killed and 48 were injured. Trump also took the opportunity to use the attack to bring his dispute with the Supreme Court over his "travel ban", and views on gun control back into the news agenda.

    Earlier this year a state visit by Donald Trump to the UK, originally proposed for this month, was postponed after thousands took to the streets to protest against the plans ahead of Trump's inauguration in January.

    —Laura Silver

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    Witness says cab driver saved her life

    Rhiannon Owen, 19, a student nurse at Kings College, London, was getting cash outside Borough Market when she got caught up in the attack.

    She said: "I was standing by a cash machine outside Borough Market. People were running past me and I said, 'Why is everyone running?'

    "A taxi driver drove towards me and said, 'You've got to run, he's got a knife.' I just ran as fast as I could.

    "I saw one of the three lads, he was running carrying a knife. It was horrible, just horrible.

    "It was a 12-inch machete type knife.

    "I've been on social media trying to find the cab driver. I owe him my life. I knew by his face something was up."

    —Emily Dugan

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    Police close to identifying attackers

    Frank Augstein / AP

    London police said they are close to identifying the three attackers who killed seven people and wounded scores more Saturday night.

    Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley of the Metropolitan police told reporters that officials "increasingly confident" the attack was carried out by just three individuals.

    "Clearly, we need to establish whether anyone else was involved in the planning," he added.

    Twelve people have so far been arrested in connection with the attack.

    Rowley also said the attackers were killed by eight officers who fired 50 bullets. One member of the public was hurt by gunfire, but not critically.

    The incident began when the white Renault van, which had recently been hired by one of the attackers, entered London Bridge at 9:58 p.m. traveling from the north to the south side of the river. The van then mounted the pavement and collided with pedestrians before being abandoned, at which point the attackers, armed with knives, continued into the Borough Market area, stabbing numerous people before being confronted by the firearms officers, police said.

    "The situation these officers were confronted with was critical – a matter of life and death – three armed men, wearing what appeared to be suicide belts, had already attacked and killed members of the public and had to be stopped immediately," Rowley said.

    Some of the victims in the attack were from abroad and officials were working to notify family, Rowley said.

    Additional armed police will posted in the coming days, and new security measures will be implemented on bridges, he added.

    —Matthew Champion and Jason Wells

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    Canadian national among those killed in the attack

    Matt Dunham / AP

    A Canadian national was among those killed in the London attack, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Sunday.

    "I am heartbroken that a Canadian is among those killed," he said in a statement condemning the attack.

    The identity of the victim was not released.

    "Londoners and people across the United Kingdom have always displayed strength and resilience in the face of adversity," Trudeau added. "We recently witnessed this after the attacks in Manchester and in the Westminster area of London. This time will be no different."

    —Jason Wells

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    36 people remain hospitalized after London attack

    Matt Dunham / AP

    Health officials say 36 people remain hospitalized after the London attack, 21 of them critical condition.

    In all, 48 people were injured Saturday night after a white van drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and people at a nearby restaurant were stabbed.

    "Tried and tested emergency plans were activated, with London Ambulance Service on the scene within six minutes," Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England and Sir Bruce Keogh, national medical director for NHS, said in a joint statement. "NHS staff across the capital have also volunteered to work extra shifts and through the night to help the emergency response."

    —Jason Wells

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    Theresa May makes private visit to victims in hospital

    LATEST: The Prime Minister, Theresa May has visited Kings College Hospital this afternoon. It was a private visit, the hospital confirmed.

    The prime minister has made a private visit to Kings College Hospital this afternoon, the hospital trust said on Sunday afternoon.

    At least seven people were killed and 48 people remain in hospitals in the capital following the events on London Bridge and Borough Market on Saturday night.

    –Rose Troup Buchanan

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    Emily Thornberry criticises PM’s comments, saying she “regrets” May’s remarks

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    The shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, has criticised the prime minister's comments in the wake of the London Bridge attack, saying that she "simply regrets" Theresa May's remarks.

    May, speaking outside Number 10 this morning following an emergency Cobra meeting, said that "enough was enough" and announced four key objectives, including a review of counterterrorism policies.

    Thornberry told Radio 4's The World This Weekend that none of the objectives announced by May earlier were "immediate steps" and said it broke the agreement by the Labour party, the Conservatives, and the Liberal Democrats to temporarily suspend election campaigning until Sunday evening in the wake of the attack.

    "I think that [what May has said] is drawing us in to a debate," she said. "I think there is time enough to discuss these issues. I don't think that anything she is proposing is anything that needs to be or will be dealt with tomorrow, and I don't think anything is an immediate step that she is putting forward. If it was, then that would be different matter.

    "But to come out on to the steps of 10 Downing Street immediately in the aftermath of a terrible outrage would not be something that would be expected.

    "She has said enough is enough. Well I thought enough was enough after 9/11, I thought that enough was enough after 7/7. I didn't think we should be taking any more of these attacks on our people – we all agree on that.

    "We need to do more but we also need to be sensitive to the fact that there are people who are only just discovering that their loved ones have died," Thornberry said.

    –Rose Troup Buchanan

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    A minute's silence will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

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    The UK will fall silent at 11 a.m. for a minute on Tuesday following the London Bridge attack, the British government said on Sunday afternoon.

    At least seven people were killed, and 48 were admitted to hospitals across the capital, after a van ploughed through pedestrians on London Bridge shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday night. Three men then left the vehicle and continued towards Borough Market before they were shot dead by armed police.

    –Rose Troup Buchanan

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    London's mayor has got "more important things to do" than respond to Trump's tweets, spokesperson says

    Sadiq Khan's spokesperson has said the mayor of London "has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump's ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks."

    It follows the US president's criticism of Khan for saying residents of the capital city have "no reason to be alarmed" in the aftermath of the London Bridge terror attack.

    Trump implied Khan – who is one of the first Muslim mayors of a major Western city – was playing down the severity of the attack following the deaths of at least seven people in Saturday night's terrorist incident.

    You can read more about Trump's tweets and Khan's response here.

    –Jim Waterson

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    Londoners have responded to the attack with acts of kindness

    Emily Dugan / BuzzFeed News

    Londoners have responded to Saturday night's terror attack in the best way possible — with moving acts of kindness.

    In the immediate aftermath, dozens of Londoners posted on social media, offering refuge in their homes for people who could not get to safety because of the attack. Many people used the #LondonIsOpen on Twitter to offer support to those caught up in the incident.

    If anyone is stuck in the #LondonBridge area and needs somewhere safe to stay/wait, my flat is 10 mins from the station

    Sikh temples, or Gurdwaras, were among those to open their doors on the night, offering food and shelter to people affected.

    A map showing the locations of the religious buildings across London was retweeted thousands of times, and many people responded with thanks.

    "The Sikh community amazing as always, need more of these kind hearted people in the world," Rachel Wisker tweeted.

    Cab drivers also offered their services for free, helping to get people away from the area where terrorists had struck, and back home safely.

    Other Londoners turned out to show their support for the emergency services, with individuals and businesses offering police officers and medical staff food, drinks, water, or even just words of thanks and encouragement.

    One man, Paul Ashworth, told BuzzFeed News he had cycled three hours from Esher in Surrey to London to thank police officers and hand them bottles of water.

    You can read more about people's acts of kindness here.

    –Hannah Al-Othman and Emily Dugan

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    People are sharing defiant cartoons in the wake of the London Bridge attack

    Many people are sharing defiant and uplifting artworks in response to the London Bridge attack that occurred yesterday evening. People shared the illustrations on social media with heartfelt messages. One said "Our thoughts are again, with the victims of these horrific acts."

    You can see more of the cartoons here.

    –Victoria Sanusi

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    The police officers who were hurt confronting the London Bridge attackers are being praised for their bravery

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    Two police officers who were hurt during the London Bridge terror attack are being praised for the way they responded to the incident.

    An on-duty British Transport Police (BTP) officer and an off-duty Metropolitan police officer – neither of whom have been named – sustained serious injuries rushing to help when three suspects armed with knives began attacking people on Saturday night, killing seven.

    The BTP officer, who has only been with the force for two years, was on-duty outside London Bridge station when he faced the suspects armed with only his baton.

    "Having visited the officer in hospital shortly after he was admitted for treatment, I was able to hear his account of what happened last night," said BTP chief constable Paul Crowther.

    "It became clear that he showed enormous courage in the face of danger, as did many others who were at the scene and rushed to help."

    Crowther added: "For an officer who only joined us less than two years ago, the bravery he showed was outstanding and makes me extremely proud."

    The Metropolitan Police Federation, which represents officers in London, said there were "barely words to describe" the bravery of all officers, armed and unarmed, that responded to last night's incident.

    The federation's chairman Ken Marsh told BuzzFeed News that the injured Met officer, despite being off-duty, "saw danger and intervened".

    "That's what my colleagues do," he said. "When most people see danger they rightly run away. He ran towards it."

    Both officers are being treated in hospital, where their condition is described as stable.

    You can read more about the officer's bravery here.

    –Matthew Champion

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    "I just want to go home": Exhausted families describe spending the night locked out of homes and hotels by police cordon

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    Honorata Kaczmarek, 47, and her daughter Iga, 7

    Exhausted families are taking it in turns to go through the police cordon on Borough High Street and retrieve belongings they had to abandon when they evacuated from hotels on Saturday night.

    Honorata Kaczmarek, 47, and her daughter Iga, 7, were sitting on the pavement on Union street, waiting for Kaczmarek's husband to return with their bags.

    The family had come to London from Birmingham for the weekend as a treat and had been staying at a guest house by the market on Saturday night.

    Kaczmarek Told BuzzFeed News: "We had been at the London Eye and were having dinner in London Bridge an hour before. We were in our room but not in bed yet when the fire alarm went off. They asked us to leave immediately saying 'run, run, don't stop'.

    "My husband carried Iga. We were waiting in a pub first about 100 metres from here, but it wasn't safe."

    Along with around 100 others, the Kaczmarek family were then evacuated to a Premier Inn half a mile away in Tower Bridge. They spent the night sleeping on the floor of the restaurant watching the news unfold on television.

    "We didn't sleep. We were meant to be going to Madam Tussauds now but I just want to go home," Kaczmarek said.

    Other families waiting to collect their things were too exhausted to speak. Children slept with their heads slumps on their parents' shoulders, clutching the few toothbrushes given to them by the hotel that had taken them in for the night.

    BuzzFeed News

    Wayne Power, 51

    Wayne Power, 51, had travelled to London for the weekend from Whitehaven in Cumbria to celebrate a friend's 40th birthday. He had been staying with friends at a guest house by Borough Market but was blocked from returning until Sunday morning.

    "We were at the races in Epsom yesterday and we were coming back to meet at the Wheatsheaf pub, where the attackers were shot," Power said.

    "We got off the train at London Bridge and heard gunshots. They let us out one side of the station and we went to another pub on Tooley street.

    "We had been planning to get the earlier train which would have meant we walked in right in the middle of it."

    They stayed in the pub on Tooley street until 1 and then were taken to the Tower Bridge Premier Inn to spend a sleepless night in the restaurant with others evacuated from the scene.

    Many of those returning to their Borough guest houses on Sunday morning were still dressed for the evening in heels and bright dresses.

    Anna in her 50s, from Essex, said "we had gone out for a special meal and were getting the tube back to the hotel. It wouldn't let us get out at London Bridge so we gathered something had happened."

    She and her husband Patrick spent the night in the lounge of the Southwark Novotel because they couldn't get back in.

    Returning at midday in the clothes for her date, Anna said she was looking forward to getting changed. "I've been waking around in these horrible wedges," she said, laughing.

    BuzzFeed News

    Alex Middleton, 21, from Cleveland

    Alex Middleton, 21, from Cleveland, is on holiday in London. He was waiting at the police cordon to retrieve his things from the St Christopher's Inn, a hostel above a bar on Borough High Street.

    On Saturday night he had come down to the bar from his room when he heard shouting. "There was an Irishman shouting about gunshots. We started walking to the back of the bar, then a security guard came in with a haunted look on his face, telling us to 'get down'.

    "Then armed cops came and told us to get out and run. I haven't run that far in a long time."

    He was still visibly shaken as he waited to retrieve his passport and bag from his room. He said of the attack: "I lived in New York last summer and it's always something you think about in Time Square, but you don't expect it on vacation"

    –Emily Dugan

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    "We want Facebook to be a hostile environment for terrorists,” says head of policy in response to PM's critcism

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    Facebook has responded to prime minister Theresa May's criticism of online extremism by stating they want the platform to be a "hostile environment for terrorists".

    Earlier today, the prime minister said more needed to be done to confront Islamic extremism in safe spaces online and the real world.

    "We do not allow groups or people that engage in terrorist activity, or posts that express support for terrorism," Simon Milner, director of policy at Facebook told Sky News. "We want Facebook to be a hostile environment for terrorists."

    "Using a combination of technology and human review, we work aggressively to remove terrorist content from our platform as soon as we are aware if it – and if we become aware of an emergency involving imminent harm to someone's safety, we notify law enforcement."

    Facebook activated its Safety Check last night at just before midnight as details of the attack began to unfold on social media and news channels.

    Milner continued that online extremism "can be tackled with strong partnerships", and that the company was "committed to continuing this important work together" with policymakers, civil society and others in the technology industry. –Rose Troup Buchanan

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    This is a timeline of the London Bridge attack

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    The first call to the emergency services takes place at 10.07 p.m., with the first ambulance on the scene six minutes after that.

    At 10.08 the police receive their first call about a van striking pedestrians on London Bridge. The van leaves the road and mounts the pavement on Borough High Street, just a few yards south of London Bridge, crashing into railings next to The Barrowboy & Banker pub and the Boro Bistro restaurant.

    Eyewitness reports say that three men armed with knives got out of the van after it mounted the pavement, and began stabbing people on the street. Witnesses who had been in the pub and the restaurant by which the van came to a stop described people lying on the floor covered in blood.

    The attackers head south, towards Borough Market, an area packed with pubs and restaurants. Eyewitness reports suggest they worked their way down Stoney Street, attacking people both inside venues and on the street.

    . One woman told @PA 3 men cam into the Black And Blue restaurant and started stabbing people randomly with a knife #LondonBridgeAttack

    At approximately 10.16 p.m. the attackers are shot dead. The Metropolitan Police say in a statement that the attackers were shot dead by armed police at 10:16pm – eight minutes after the police received the first emergency call.

    At least one of the suspected attackers is shot outside The Wheatsheaf, a pub slightly further up Stoney Street from the Southwark Tavern.

    The police evacuate a large zone around the London Bridge and Borough areas, with people either told to leave the scene as quickly as possible, or to stay inside the restaurants, bars and offices surrounding the area.

    At 10.41 p.m. police reiterate they are on the scene, and at 11.43 p.m. they confirm eyewitness accounts of stabbings in Borough Market, and that armed police had opened fire. Minutes later they issue their "Run, Hide, Tell" advice.

    The incidents in London Bridge and nearby Borough Market are declared terrorist incidents at 12.25 a.m.

    Controlled explosions take place near the "BabyShard", shortly after 1 a.m. In the early hours of the morning staff at News UK newspapers, which are headquartered in the "Baby Shard" office building next to the scene, reported hearing a series of explosions – which police later confirmed were controlled explosions.

    At 2:34 a.m. the London Ambulance Service say they have taken 20 patients to six hospitals across London. It is revealed a major incident has been declared. By 3:58 a.m. police reveal that six people have died and confirm the deaths of the three suspects.

    By 6:11 a.m. the London Ambulance Service announces 48 people have been taken to five hospitals across London, with others treated at the scene for minor injuries.

    Metropolitan police commissioner Cressida Dick announces the number of victims from the attack has risen to 7 at 10.41 a.m. You can read the full breakdown of how last night unfolded here.

    –Tom Phillips and Matthew Champion

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    12 people arrested in Barking in connection with London attack, Met police confirm

    Three police vans full of officers just arrived Barking #LondonTerrorAttacks

    Officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command have arrested 12 individuals in Barking, Essex, in connection to last night's attack on London Bridge.

    No further details about those arrested were included in the Met Police statement released on Sunday afternoon.

    The statement did state that searches were continuing at a number of properties in Barking, confirming numerous social media reports from people in the area.

    Earlier, Twitter users in Barking posted photos of what appeared to show a number of individuals being arrested outside a property, with other videos showing a heavy police presence as at least three police vans arrived on the scene.

    The BBC reported that there were controlled explosions at the property, with their security correspondent Frank Gardner tweeting the flat belonged to one of the three attackers.

    –Rose Troup Buchanan

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    "The wells of tolerance are running empty," foreign secretary Boris Johnson says

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    Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has warned that "the wells of tolerance are running empty," as he condemned the London Bridge attack in a statement on Sunday.

    Johnson, who posted his statement on his Facebook page, said the individuals responsible for the attack wanted to divide Londoners and British society. "They want us to change the way we live our lives," he said, "We must not and we will not give in."

    "Today we collectively resolve to beat the terrorists and their nihilistic creed. To those who sympathise or encourage or harbour or aid or abet these killers - in any way - we say enough is enough. Your time is up. The wells of tolerance are running empty. We will not let you disrupt our lives or our democracy."

    He continued that Londoners would get on with their lives, "they will go to the pub and to the museums and to the parks and to the shows," and said people's response "will be to carry on with business and usual - as far as they possibly can - in a spirit of total defiance."

    Johnson also paid tribute to the "astonishing bravery" of members of the public, as well as the emergency services.

    –Rose Troup Buchanan

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    US president Donald Trump comments on London attack

    At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!"

    Donald Trump has criticised London mayor Sadiq Khan for saying residents of the capital city have "no reason to be alarmed" in the aftermath of the London Bridge terror attack.

    The President of the United States also attacked "politically correct" responses to security issues and called for US courts to support his proposed travel ban on immigration from predominantly Muslim countries.

    Trump implied Khan – who is one of the first Muslim mayors of a major Western city – was playing down the severity of the attack following the deaths of at least seven people in Saturday night's terrorist incident.

    Khan's quote appears to have been taken out of context, with the relevant passage referring to the increased presence of police on the streets.

    "Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days," Khan told the BBC earlier on Sunday. "There's no reason to be alarmed. One of the things the police and all of us need to do is ensure that we're as safe as we possibly can be. I'm reassured that we are one of the safest global cities in the world, if not the safest global city, but we always evolve and review to make sure we're as safe as we possibly can be."

    Earlier on Sunday Trump had tweeted:

    We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don't get smart it will only get worse

    And then later he tweeted:

    Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That's because they used knives and a truck!

    Former Labour minister David Lammy said Trump's comments were "cheap nasty & unbecoming of a national leader".

    "Sort of thing that makes me want to quit politics on a day like this," he added.

    You can read more about his comments here.

    –Jim Waterson and Rose Troup Buchanan

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    A man who witnessed the London Bridge attack went back to pay his restaurant bill on Sunday

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    A witness to the terror attack in London Bridge returned to Borough Market on Sunday morning to pay his bill and tip the staff in the restaurant where he had been having dinner with friends on Saturday night.

    Richard Angell was in Arabica bar and kitchen in the market when the attackers arrived on the street. On Saturday night, he described hearing gunfire and seeing people covered in blood as the attack unfolded.

    Speaking to BuzzFeed News at the police cordon on Borough High Street on Sunday morning, he said: "These people shouldn't win. This is the best city in the world and Borough Market is one of my favourite bits of the best city in the world. I'm not going to let the barbaric acts of cowardly people minimise that."

    Angell, director of the left leaning think tank Progress, said he would be returning again to the restaurant once it reopens. "I've got to pay my bill. Also, we haven't given the staff a tip and they looked out for us when they should have been helping themselves. It was lovely food and I want the rest of my main course.

    "If they [the extremists] have a problem with me having a G&T with friends and flirting and being gay then I'm going to carry on doing it. If that's so barbaric to these people then two fingers up to them."

    You can read more about Richard Angell and what he saw on Saturday night here.

    –Emily Dugan

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    Baroness Warsi condemns "atrocious act", saying Muslims "despise" those responsible

    .@SayeedaWarsi says British Muslims "despise" those who attack innocent people #Peston

    Baroness Warsi responded to the London Bridge attack this morning and said British Muslims are "furious" and "despise these people who come in and do these atrocious acts."

    Speaking on the Peston on Sunday show, the Tory peer said she has spent most of the night speaking to British Muslims and organisations on the phone.

    "Although it's not being announced yet, there's every indication this was done by so-called Muslims. And I can tell you this British Muslims are furious, they despise these people who come in and do these atrocious acts.

    "These are poisonous individuals who are trying to divide our nations and commit carnage and I think this debate is happening, it's happening amongst communities and it's happening amongst politicians, because ultimately we all want the same thing.

    "We want to keep this nation safe and together."

    –Aisha Gani

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    World leaders unified in horror and support for London

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    World leaders say they are "unified" in horror and sorrow at the terror attack in London Bridge that has left seven dead and 48 injured.

    Following the attack on Saturday night, leaders began sending messages of support and condolences to Britain.

    In a statement posted on Twitter, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "I've heard about the attacks yesterday night in London with grief and dismay. In these hours I think of our British friends and all people in London with condolence and solidarity. My thoughts are with the victims of this attack and their families.

    "I hope the wounded will recover soon. Today, we are unified across all boundaries in horror and sorrow, but also in determination. For Germany, I can reinforce: We stand firm and determined with the UK in the fight against every form of terrorism."

    French President Emmanuel Macron, who was one of the first world leaders to comment on the attack, confirmed two French citizens had been injured during the incident.

    "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."

    Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump caused controversy when he retweeted coverage of the London Bridge attack and followed it with a comment calling for support for his legally challenged travel ban.

    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!

    He then tweeted another message, saying: "Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U. K., we will be there - WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!"

    On social media, users were quick to disparage Trump for using the attack to promote his political message.

    You can read more about the international reaction here.

    –Alicia Melville-Smith

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    Five discharged from London hospital

    Five people have been discharged from St Thomas' hospital, the NHS trust confirmed this morning, following the attack near London Bridge last night.

    Guys and St Thomas' NHS Trust said that they had admitted and treated nine people, six men and three women, last night. Four people remain, two men and two women, the Trust said this morning.

    Following the terror incidents in London last night, we have treated 9 patients at St Thomas' - 6 men and 3 women 1/2

    Five of the patients have since been discharged and 4 patients - 2 men and 2 women - have been admitted. 2/2

    –Rose Troup Buchanan

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    Home secretary Amber Rudd says authorities can do "so much more" to tackle online extremism

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    The home secretary, Amber Rudd, has said the UK has entered "a new phase" in its fight against terrorism in the wake of Saturday night's London Bridge attack, and that the government must find "a new way" of tackling extremism.

    Speaking on Peston on Sunday, Rudd confirmed that the three men suspected to have carried out the attack were inspired by Islamist extremism but she refused to comment on whether they were previously known to the government.

    The home secretary said that it appeared "unlikely" those who carried out Saturday night's attack were linked to last week's suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena, and confirmed the threat level would not be increased again.

    UK Home Sec Amber Rudd on #LondonAttacks "We are confidant about the fact they were radical Islamist terrorists"

    Amber Rudd says police believe they have "all the main perpetrators" in terror attack, as she explained why threat level hasn't been raised.

    Rudd defended the UK government's anti-extremism strategy, known as Prevent, but admitted that more needed to be done to tackle extremism in the wake of what she described as "a new level of attacks".

    "What we can see from the attacks we had yesterday and over the past few weeks is the scale of the onslaught of the enemy propaganda that comes at us," said Rudd. "It doesn't mean that Prevent hasn't been doing great work, but what [Theresa May] is also saying is we need to do more than that.

    "What we've seen over the past two months has been a new level of attacks – a new level of attacks being stopped, there has been five stopped in the past two months, three have got through – and given this new phase we are in, we need to have an additional response."

    Asked what more could be done to tackle extremism, the home secretary said the government had to do more to prevent the "grooming" of young men in communities.

    "I'm focused on making sure we look ahead to find a new way of addressing this additional attack and onslaught that we're getting of the grooming of young men in communities so they can become these weapons against our values," said Rudd.

    "I believe we need to do more, we need to look about what else we can do in extremism, what else we can do in their communities, what else we can do to help people call it out."

    –Jamie Ross

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    "Enough is enough": PM Theresa May condemns attack

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    "Enough is enough," the prime minister said as she condemned last night's terrorist attack in London.

    At least seven people have died, and 48 were injured when a van drove through crowds near London Bridge and Borough Market. Others were stabbed by the attackers.

    "This is the third terrorist attack Britain has experienced in three months," Theresa May said in front of Number 10 on Sunday morning, immediately after chairing an emergency Cobra meeting. May said five credible plots had been disrupted by the security and intelligence agencies since the Westminster attack in March.

    She said it was believed the country was experiencing a new trend, where "terrorism breeds terrorism". "We cannot and must not pretend things can continue as they are," she said, claiming the situation needed to change.

    In particular, the PM highlighted the importance of tackling Islamist extremism online, stressing that this ideology would only be defeated by convincing those of Britain superior values, not through military objectives.

    "While the attacks are not connected, they are connected in one important sense: they are bound together by the single evil ideology that is Islamic extremism," May said. "Defeating this ideology is one of the great challenges of our time."

    "We cannot allow this ideology the safe space that allows it to breed," she continued, referring to the internet and major online companies.

    "We must not forget about the safe spaces that exist in the real world," May added, pointing to not only military action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria but also tackling extremism in the UK. "We must be far more robust in stamping it [extremism and tolerance of it] out. That will require some difficult and often embarrassing conversations. But the whole of our country needs to come together and confront this extremism."

    May said that counter-terrorism strategy would need to be reconsidered. "We need to review Britain's counterterrorism strategy to make sure police and counterterrorism officers have all the powers they need," the PM said, revealing the government would consider increased custodial sentences for terror offences.

    "Is it time to say, enough is enough," she said. "As a country, our response must be that it must always be when confronted with violence – we must come together, we must pull together, we must take on and defeat our enemies."

    Finally, the PM confirmed the general election would go ahead, and that while the two main political parties would suspend their campaigns today, electioneering would resume tomorrow.

    –Rose Troup Buchanan and Matthew Champion

    Video of May's statement:

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    Londoners show defiant spirit in the wake of attack

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    Londoners are responding to the terrorist attack with defiance and offers of help to those affected.

    "I condemn unequivocally these terrorists in the strongest possible terms. They are evil cowards and London will never be cowed. We will never let them win," London mayor Sadiq Khan said on Sunday morning.

    People offered shelter in their homes for anyone struggling to get home after public transport in the area was swiftly shut down.

    Shortly afterwards, local taxi companies offered services for free to assist people trying to flee the scene.

    "Anyone around London Bridge who needs to get home let me or my cousin @TWEETMINICAB know," an account named The Khans tweeted, adding the hashtags #free, #nocharge, #londonbridge, and #londonwillnotfall.

    Sikh temples across London also offered food and shelter to anybody affected.

    Around the city, many tried to carry on as usual. Large Saturday night crowds were locked inside pubs in nearby Vauxhall after an incident, which was later confirmed to be unrelated, was reported in the area.

    Rob Holley, who was shut in the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, tweeted a message of defiance. "We are safe. We have gin," he wrote. You can read more about London's defiance here.

    –Laura Silver

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    "These people respect neither life nor faith": Muslim Council of Britain condemns attack

    Harun Khan, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, strongly condemned the attack and the attackers.

    He said he was "appalled and angered by the terrorist attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market, in my home city", in a statement issued early on Sunday morning.

    "These acts of violence were truly shocking and I condemn them in the strongest terms.

    "Muslims everywhere are outraged and disgusted at these cowards who once again have destroyed the lives of our fellow Britons. That this should happen in this month of Ramadan, when many Muslims were praying and fasting, only goes to show that these people respect neither life nor faith.

    "My prayers are with the victims and all those affected. I commend the work of our emergency services working hard to keep up safe and cope with the ensuing carnage. As ever we urge everyone to assist the authorities so that these criminals can be apprehended and brought to justice."

    –Rose Troup Buchanan

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    Too early to know if attack was planned, senior politicians say

    "They may be deliberately trying to disrupt the General Election" @DavidDavisMP says polling day should remain on J… https://t.co/Z731WaYeze

    Senior politicians say it is too early to know if attack was planned to disrupt the general election.

    Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday morning, Tory politician David Davis and shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry both said the election date should not be moved.

    When asked about this by Marr, Davis said: "I'm not sure it can be legally done. You'd have to have some kind of change in law. I think we're locked in... There's a balance of things here. We want to respect the people who've been injured and killed.

    "I don't know if they're trying to deliberately disrupt the general election or if this is a coincidence. I think it will be a relatively brief [suspension]."

    "What these murderous people want is to undermine our democracy" @EmilyThornberry says we must continue with the el… https://t.co/OLmO6tJbbb

    Thornberry said it was right to suspend national campaigning in the immediate aftermath of the attack but wouldn't support postponing the election.

    "I think we can't go on today. I think particularly in London it's hard for us. People are waking up this morning not knowing if one of their friends has been involved in this... I don't think it's right for us to campaign today but again it's a question of balance," Thornberry said.

    "I think the Labour party will begin campaigning again this evening. We think that's the right balance and we're acutely aware that what these murderous people want is to undermine our democracy. It is defiance to go out and vote.

    "I don't know if it's done consciously [to affect the election] but clearly a side effect of it could be, and we must not allow that to happen. London must be brave, calm, carry on – but do not let it derail this election." —Alan White & Alicia Melville-Smith

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    Death toll rises to seven, Met police confirm

    Here's what we know so far about the London Bridge terror attack

    Seven people died in the attack last night, police have announced.

    Metropolitan police Commissioner Cressida Dick, speaking from New Scotland Yard on Sunday morning, said the death toll has risen and confirmed 48 people had been admitted to hospitals in the capital.

    She said officers had shot dead three attackers last night, and confirmed there was a "fast-moving investigation".

    "We believe that this incident is under control, however a large cordon remains," she said, adding that searches would continue to take place in the area surrounding London Bridge and Borough Market today, to ensure all are "accounted for".

    Dick praised the "extraordinary brave actions of officers, both on and off duty" last night. "I heard of colleagues of other emergency services and members of the public who ran towards the danger as the incident unfolded.

    "Many, many people risked their own safety to help others and treat those seriously injured and indeed to confront suspects involved.

    "The courage of those people during and following the attack was extraordinary and I pay tribute to all of them... I'm sure they helped to save lives."

    –Rose Troup Buchanan

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    Emergency committee to meet

    UK Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee at 10 Downing Street Sunday morning.

    She is expected to make a statement following the meeting at about 10am (London time).

    Mark Rowley, assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and the national police lead on counter terrorism, will be in attendance at the Cobra meeting.

    —Alicia Melville-Smith

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    Witnesses describe terror as attack unfolded

    Gabrielle Sciotto, a photographer, posted an image to Instagram that he said depicted two of the assailants on the ground and being watched by officers. One of the men seems to have canisters around his waist.

    "I then tried to run towards the scene because I noticed this man with a kind of explosive looking belt on their chest," Sciotto told the BBC. "They were running, they didn't even know I guess what they were running to. A police officer was trying to put himself between them and the crowd."

    Not long after, police "shot all the three men down," Sciotto added. "Yeah, that's what I honestly saw."

    Police later confirmed that the explosive vests worn by the attackers were fake.

    An eyewitness, Eric, described a harrowing scene to BBC News, saying that "the van smacked into the side of the bridge and people were thrown into the road, probably jumping out of the way."

    "Afterwards three men jumped out of the van, they started attacking people on the road, as they headed down the stairs running towards people they were shouting 'this is for Allah,'" Eric told BBC. "There were definitely three people in the front of the van. They literally got out and started running at people with knives and violently attacking anyone in this path."

    Holly Jones, a BBC employee who was at the scene, said the van mounted the pavement and struck people. "He swerved right round me and then hit about five or six people. He hit about two people in front of me and then three behind," Jones told the BBC. "I'd say there are about four severely injured people."

    She said she later saw a man without his shirt being arrested.

    "Suddenly I noticed on the left on the pavement there was somebody down on the pavement with a small crowd around them," Will Heaven, of the Spectator magazine, told Sky News. "It looked like someone had collapsed. We drove a little bit further southwards and noticed there was another person on the right hand side of the bridge."

    "I suddenly saw people who looked as though they'd been run over," Haven said.

    "We saw people on the road, we saw people on the pavement," he added. Soon after, he said, witnesses were guided towards a hotel on the north side of the bridge to give statements to the police.

    —Alicia Melville-Smith

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    Benefit concert for victims of Manchester attack to go ahead

    Today's One Love Manchester concert, starring Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and a host of other major acts, is still due to go ahead in the wake of last night's terror attack on London, police have said.

    The benefit concert, arranged in support of the terror attack on Manchester almost two weeks ago, is due to take place at Old Trafford cricket ground this afternoon.

    In a press conference on Friday, Chief Superintendent Stuart Ellison from Greater Manchester Police said armed and unarmed officers would be drafted in from across the country to help ensure the safety of concert-goers.

    London's Metropolitan Police and neighbouring forces including Kent were among those who had offered to send officers to help police the Manchester event.

    A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police would not confirm how the attack on London would impact upon the policing plan for the Manchester event.

    Those attending the event have been discouraged from driving and told to use public transport, and have been advised to avoid bringing bags to the concert, and to expect to be searched on arrival.

    Read more here.

    —Hannah Al-Othman

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    London mayor says London "will never be cowed" by these attacks

    Sky News

    The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has given a press conference following Saturday night's attack.

    "There aren't words to describe the grief and anger our city is feeling. I'm appalled and furious that these cowardly terrorists deliberately targeted innocent Londoners and visitors enjoying their Saturday night," Khan said.

    "I condemn unequivocally these terrorists in the strongest possible terms. They are evil cowards and London will never be cowed. We will never let them win."

    Khan said people should remain "calm and vigilant" and "carry on their normal business". He added that there would be an increased police presence over the coming days, including armed officers.

    Khan also rejected calls to postpone the general election. "The election is on Thursday, I will be voting on Thursday ... I'm not an advocate of postponing the election, I am a passionate believer of democracy and making sure we vote and we recognise that one of the things these terrorists hate is voting, they hate democracy, they hate elections, they hate the public choosing our leaders rather than having it imposed on us."

    —Alicia Melville-Smith

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    Conservatives suspend election campaigning in wake of attack

    Tory spokesman:"party will not be campaigning nationally today. We will review as the day goes on and as more details of the attack emerge."

    The Tory party has confirmed it will not campaign nationally Sunday in wake of the suspected terrorist attack in London. Theresa May had been due to attend a campaign event in south London on Sunday afternoon.

    Labour and the SNP soon announced they were following suit. "We are all shocked and horrified by the brutal attacks in London. My thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have died and the many who have been injured. Today, we will all grieve for their loss," Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a statement.

    "The Labour party will be suspending national campaigning until this evening, after consultations with other parties, as a mark of respect for those who have died and suffered injury."

    —Alicia Melville-Smith

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    Six people killed and 48 injured after suspected terrorist attack in London

    This is what we know so far:

    • A white van plowed into pedestrians on London Bridge on Saturday night and people at a nearby restaurant were stabbed in what police are describing as terrorist incidents.
    • At least six people died and more than 48 were injured in the attacks, including a British Transport Police officer who was on duty at the time of the incident, police officials said Sunday.
    • Three male suspects were also shot and killed by police.
    • The events began unfolding shortly after 10 p.m., when a vehicle struck pedestrians on London Bridge, and continued to drive to Borough Market, a busy London night spot. Suspects then got out of the vehicle and began stabbing people nearby.
    • Witnesses said the attackers seemed to make their way around the pub- and eatery-lined streets — at one restaurant, people used bottles and chairs to fend off an attacker.
    • Officers confronted and shot the attackers, killing all three men about eight minutes after the attack began, police said Sunday. The suspects were wearing what appeared to be explosive vests, police said, but those were later determined to be fake.

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