International desk – London has been reeling from the shock of an attack which unfolded within eight terrifying minutes in the city’s center late Saturday night.
At least seven people were killed and dozens other wounded after assailants plough through the crowd and knifed several mean near London Bridge.
It was the third terror strike in the UK in three months, after a man drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in March and a bomb attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester two weeks ago.
London Metropolitan Police confirmed that seven people were killed in the attack. Forty-eight people injured were taken to five hospitals across the city.
Police officers pursued and shot dead three attackers within eight minutes of the first emergency call, London police said.
The suspects were wearing what were later found to be fake suicide vests.
Just after 10 p.m. local time, a van speeding south across London Bridge struck several pedestrians on London Bridge. The van drove on to Borough Market where three men jumped out and started stabbing people, according to CNN.
Twelve people have been arrested in Barking, east London, police said Sunday.
Political parties have suspended national general election campaigning and the prime minister is chairing a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergency committee.
Britain’s general election is scheduled for June 8.
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, described Saturday night’s events as “dreadful”, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called them “brutal and shocking”.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it was “a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners”, but the capital remained the “safest global city” and Londoners would not be cowed by terrorism.
The Prime minister said after the attack “enough is enough”.
The government may extend the time of custodial sentences for terrorism suspects, but more needed to be done in binding communities together to combat what Mrs. May called “a perversion of Islam,” adding: “There is, to be frank, far too much tolerance of extremism in our country.”
She called for a global effort to “regulate cyberspace,” something that is likely to prove difficult, and said that the London attack was not connected to a suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester, England.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, issued his own strong condemnation of the attacks and suspended campaigning for the day.
“We are all shocked and horrified by the brutal attacks in London,” he said in a statement. “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.”