Seven are reported to be dead and 48 injured in the third UK ‘terror attack’ since 22 March. Three suspects wearing hoax ‘suicide vests’ are reported to have driven a van into crowds on London Bridge at just after 10pm on Saturday night (3 June 2017).
The men left the vehicle and are believed to have attacked people on the busy streets and in restaurants and bars with knives. According to eye witnesses some Londoners fought back before armed police shot all three suspects dead near Borough Market. Police said they had shot the men eight minutes after they were first called to the scene.
The men are currently unidentified but according to eye witnesses they shouted “this is for Allah” as they attacked indiscriminately.
The attack is the second to come during the United Kingdom election campaign. The bomb attack a fortnight ago on a concert at the Manchester Arena resulted in the suspension of political campaigning for more than three days. There have been calls to delay the poll.
The terror attack on 22 March took place on Westminster Bridge involving an attacker who first drove a van into pedestrians and then carried a knife into the precincts of Parliament, stabbed a policeman before being shot dead by a Protection Officer in Parliament. Six people were killed at Westminster and 22 were killed last month at Manchester Arena.
In responding to the latest attack the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May condemned ‘Islamist ideology’ as a perversion of Islam. She send confronting ‘Islamism’ was one of the “greatest challenges of our time”.