A man lying on the ground with canisters attached to his belt.
photo by Gabriele Sciotto.
Police said six people died in the incident, in addition to the three attackers fatally shot by police. There were at least 30 wounded in the attacks and that number is expected to rise.
Police responded late Saturday to reports of a vehicle striking pedestrians on London Bridge. Police then responded to reports of incidents at two more sites.
Live updates below were posted by CBS NEWS:
10:53 p.m. ET: Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley gave an update on the incident, saying that the incident was a "protracted incident" that began on London Bridge and continued to Borough Market.
He said that six people died in the incident in addition to the three attackers shot dead by police. There were at least 20 people wounded, including a police officer.
The three attackers were wearing what appeared to be explosive vests, but it was determined to be a hoax, Rowley said.
9:39 p.m. ET: London Ambulance Services said it has taken at least 20 patients to at least six hospitals.
9:28 p.m. ET: A photo circulating on social media shows a man lying on the ground with canisters attached to his belt.
8:22 p.m. ET: Australian Labor Sen. Sam Dastyari was eating at a restaurant near London Bridge during the attack.
"Terrible events in London beside where we were having dinner. Just terrible. Whole city in lockdown," he tweeted Saturday. "London police are amazing, had us in lockdown then evacuated us past the site. Horrific scenes."
No details of what happened but the way the police are handling this is a testament to training, professionalism and experience. (3of3)— Sam Dastyari (@samdastyari) June 3, 2017
7:51 p.m. ET: Metropolitan Police tweeted the London Bridge and Borough Market incidents were declared terrorist incidents. The Vauxhall stabbing is not connect to the incidents, they tweeted.
At 0025hrs 4/6/17 the incidents at #LondonBridge & #BoroughMarket were declared as terrorist incidents.— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 3, 2017
The incident at #Vauxhall is a stabbing and is not connect to the incidents at #LondonBridge & #BoroughMarket— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 3, 2017
The Metropolitan Police said on Twitter they responded to reports of a collision on the bridge shortly after 11 p.m. local time, followed by reports of a stabbing at Borough Market. Armed police responded and shots were fired, police said. Police further said armed officers were responding to a third incident in the Vauxhall area.
The BBC reports police are searching for three suspects who could be armed, according to Reuters.
(This is a developing story and will be updated.--CBS News @ 11:37 pm, CDST, USA)
London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack - everything we know
(26 minutes ago from the Telegraph)
DEEPLY DISTURBING, ISN'T IT?
OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH THOSE AFFECTED BY THIS LATEST INSANITY.
I JUST POSTED AN ENTRY ABOUT THE UPSWING IN SUCH TERRORIST INCIDENTS A FEW HOURS AGO.
WE WILL NOT SEE A DROP IN THESE ATTACKS.
JUST BECAUSE IT'S THE 'RAMADAN HOLY DAYS' WON'T STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING.
IT'S USUALLY DURING RAMADAN THAT THINGS HEAT UP.
I'VE WATCHED IT HAPPEN IN ISRAEL OVER AND OVER, EVERY 'RAMADAN', FOR DECADES NOW.
THE SIMILARITIES ARE OBVIOUS...
USING VEHICLES AND KNIVES TO KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE SEEM TO BE FAVORITES FOR PALESTINIAN TERRORISTS, AND THEY HAVE PASSED THIS ON TO ISIS, IT APPEARS, AND ANY OTHER MANIAC WHO WANTS TO KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE IN THE NAME OF 'MARTYRDOM', FOR 'THE CAUSE OF ISLAM'.
Nov. 5 2014, Slate Online
Why Terrorists Use Vehicles as Weapons
"Earlier today a Palestinian man who Israeli police say had connections to Hamas drove a car into a crowd near a light rail station in Jerusalem, killing one person and injuring a dozen others. It followed a strikingly similar attack in the same area two weeks ago that killed a 3-month-old Israeli.
In both cases, the driver was killed by police at the scene.
[AND HALF THE WORLD CONDEMNED ISRAEL FOR KILLING THE MURDERERS, REMEMBER?
These attacks are the latest manifestations of the current atmosphere of violence and tension in Jerusalem. They are also the latest examples of a terrorist tactic that gets less discussion than many others but seem increasingly common, particularly in Israel.
Ramming attacks have been a weapon in the arsenal of Palestinian terrorists for some time now.
During last summer’s fighting in Gaza, for instance, a construction excavator was used to attack a bus in Jerusalem, earning the praise of a Hamas spokesman.
In 2011, when a stolen taxi rammed into a police roadblock outside a club in Tel Aviv, injuring seven, the Jerusalem Post reported that it was the fifth attack of its kind in the past three years. The worst of these was the 2008 bulldozer attack in Jerusalem that killed three people and injured dozens of others.
“In Israel, part of the reason you’re seeing it adopted is that the security barrier is fairly effective, which makes it hard to get bombs into the country.”
While the tactic may be most common in Israel, it’s appeared elsewhere as well.
Two weeks ago a Canadian man believed to be an ISIS sympathizer drove his car into two soldiers in a parking lot in Quebec.
In Beijing last year, three Uighurs drove a jeep into Beijing’s crowded Tiananmen Square, killing two and injuring about 40.
In 2006, Mohammed Reza Taheri-Azar, a recent University of North Carolina graduate, drove an SUV into “The Pit,” a popular campus gathering spot, injuring nine people.
He told police after his arrest that he had wanted to “avenge the deaths or murders of Muslims around the world.”
A variation on ramming attacks is also recommended in the fall 2010 issue of Inspire, the English-language online magazine published by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.
The magazine, which was read by the Tsarnaev brothers and is known for advice columns like “Build a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom,” suggests that jihadis attach sharp steel blades or butcher’s knives to the front of a 4-by-4 pickup truck to create “a mowing machine, not to mow grass but mow down the enemies of Allah.”
The article recommends that practitioners take care to gather enough speed to “achieve maximum carnage” once crowds begin to scatter, and to choose their targets carefully.
“If you can get through to ‘pedestrian only’ locations that exist in some downtown (city center) areas, that would be fabulous,” the author, editor-in-chief Yahya Ibrahim, writes.
He also suggests a number of countries where such an attack could take place, including the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Denmark, and Holland.
So far, thankfully, no one seems to have attempted an attack along these lines."
[THEY HAVE NOW, FIRST 3 TIMES IN FRANCE, THEN GERMANY, IN SWEDEN, AND NOW TWICE IN THE UK.]
It’s not hard to get your hands on a car, and driving one at high speeds into a crowd is a lot easier than building a bomb. Inspire notes that it is “a simple idea and there is not much involved in its preparation.”
In a 2010 advisory, the FBI suggested that it “offers terrorists with limited access to explosives or weapons an opportunity to conduct a Homeland attack with minimal prior training or experience.”
Its crude simplicity makes it a tactic more likely to be employed by relatively unskilled “lone wolves” than organized and trained terrorist operatives. But like with many amateur terrorist tactics, the effect is as much psychological as physical. It sends the message that objects we take for granted can be transformed into weapons at the blink of an eye.
PRIOR TO THE LATEST ATTACKS IN EUROPE AND THE U.S., THE OLD WASHINGTON POST AND NEW YORK TIMES AS WELL AS OTHER MAINSTREAM MEDIA AROUND THE WORLD SEEMED TO LOVE TO MAKE EXCUSES FOR SUCH TERRORIST ATTACKS AGAINST ISRAELIS.
THE POOR 'MARTYRS' WERE FRUSTRATED, DRIVEN TO IT BY THAT GODAWFUL 'OCCUPATION'.
MOST OF THE MODERN WORLD IS 'FRUSTRATED, BUT MOST DON'T GO OUT AND MURDER PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY ARE FRUSTRATED.
MOST HUMANS ON EARTH LIVE IN LANDS THAT WERE CONQUERED, AS EITHER 'WINNERS' OR 'LOSERS' OF WARS FOUGHT LONG AGO FOR THAT LAND, NEW NATIONS FORMED FROM THE LANDS WRESTED FROM THE HANDS OF OTHERS BY WAR, BUT HOW MANY OF THOSE WHO WERE CONQUERED IN EUROPE ARE STILL KILLING THE CONQUERORS AFTER THOUSANDS OF YEARS, OR EVEN HUNDREDS OF YEARS?
JERUSALEM AND MUCH MORE TERRITORY THAN ISRAEL NOW 'OCCUPIES' WAS CONQUERED BY ISRAEL/JUDEA OVER 3,000 YEARS AGO.
LONG TIME FOR THE CONQUERED TO STILL BE KILLING, YES?
FEW HAVE NOTICED THAT THE BEDOUIN, AN ANCIENT PEOPLE WITH A RECORDED HISTORY COMPARABLE TO ISRAEL'S, WERE DISPLACED BY NOT ONLY ISRAEL'S STATEHOOD IN 1948, BUT BY LEBANESE, BY SYRIANS, BY EGYPTIANS AND BRITISH AND JUST ABOUT EVERYONE WHO 'STOLE' THEIR LANDS, AND YET NO CRIES OF 'JIHAD', NO BEDOUIN SUICIDE BOMBERS, NO BEDOUIN ROCKETS FIRED AT ANY OF THE NATIONS WHO DISPLACED THEM.
HOW CAN THAT BE?
HOW CAN THE ANCIENT BEDOUIN BE SO CALM AFTER BEING DISPLACED BY ALL, INCLUDING 'PALESTINIANS', AND DWELL THERE IN RELATIVE PEACE, BUT THE 'NEWCOMERS' WHO CALL THEMSELVES 'PALESTINIANS' AND HAVE NO ANCIENT HISTORY CANNOT?
GOOD THING BRITAIN AND GERMANY AND FRANCE AND ALL (INCLUDING THE USA) ARE NOT HAVING TO BATTLE THOSE THEY TOOK LANDS FROM, RIGHT?
(Like Israel does every day.)
'A new kind of terrorism' in Israel - Washington Post
Young Palestinians with kitchen knives are waging a ceaseless campaign of near-suicidal violence that Israeli leaders are calling “a new kind of terrorism.” Four attacks occurred in the past 48 hours alone — two stabbings and two vehicular assaults.
There have been about 120 attacks and attempted assaults by Palestinians against Israelis since early October, an average of more than one a day. At least 20 Israelis have been killed
A review of the violence, alongside interviews with Israeli and Palestinian officials, reveals attacks that do not fit past patterns. There is a sense on both sides that something unprecedented is happening, a shapeless rebellion of individuals driven by an unknowable combination of hatred and despair.
Palestinian officials are struggling to find the words to describe the attacks — calling them “acts” or “events” and the slain assailants “victims” or “martyrs.” They have been reluctant to publicly encourage the attacks, but they have not condemned the killings or called for them to stop.
Israeli security forces have not been able to stop the attacks, which are carried out mostly by unmarried youths who decide on their own to pick up knives or axes or potato peelers.
ISIS CERTAINLY PICKED UP ON THIS QUICKLY AND BEGAN TO ENCOURAGE WOULD-BE MEMBERS OF THAT HATED GROUP TO CARRY OUT SUCH ATTACKS WHERE THEY LIVED, NOT TO WAIT TO JOIN ISIS, BUT TO KILL WHERE THEY WERE.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has called the daily attacks a “justified popular uprising . . . driven by despair that a two-state solution is not coming.”
B-S! IT'S DRIVEN BY HATE, PURE, UNCUT HATRED.
THAT IT SPREAD TO EUROPE AND CAN'T BE STOPPED THERE, EITHER, IS SOMETHING I'M SURE ABBAS IS PROUD OF.
I WONDER HOW MUCH CELEBRATION ABBAS DOES WHEN LONDON AND OTHER EUROPEAN CITIES ARE ATTACKED.
AS ALWAYS, WHEN ANY NON-MUSLIM PEOPLE ARE ATTACKED, THERE WAS MUCH CELEBRATION ONLINE TONIGHT AT MANY FORUM SITES.
HOW CAN ANYONE CELEBRATE DEATH?
The attacks appear to be spontaneous and opportunistic, poorly planned and badly executed — although some are deadly. Most attackers display little or no training. The most common weapon is a kitchen knife.
The second most common is the family car.
The attackers killed six rabbis.
Two of the dead were women and six were older than 50; two were men in their 70s.
In more than 50 attacks, the perpetrators were teenagers.
The attackers sometimes give clues to their motivations on social media.
Some family members praise the acts.
PALESTINIAN OFFICIALS ACTUALLY BLAMED THOSE KILLED FOR THE ATTACKS, SAYING IT WAS ISRAELIS WHO "FORCED THEM TO VIOLENCE".
IT WILL BE THE SAME IN THE U.K., IN GERMANY, IN FRANCE, EVERYWHERE, BUT NOW IT IS EUROPE WHO WILL TRY TO MAKE SENSE OF IT ALL, AND THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO, JUST AS ISRAEL HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO.
A survey released Monday by the respected pollsters at the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah found that two-thirds of Palestinians support the knife attacks. More than half of those surveyed support armed struggle against Israel.
AND ALL OF THOSE WHO SAY THEY LIVE BY THE "PURE QUR'AN", ALL THOSE WHO INCITE TERRORIST ATTACKS ON A DAILY BASIS FROM THEIR POSITIONS AS 'IMAMS' OR ANY OTHER MUSLIM 'CLERICS', ALSO SUPPORT THIS VERY THING, THESE MURDERS, ANY MURDERS, ALL MURDERS OF 'INFIDELS', OF NON-MUSLIMS WHO "TRY TO CORRUPT THE PURITY OF ISLAM".
HERE IS JUST ONE PRIME EXCUSE USED BY TERRORISTS WHO KILL ISRAELIS:
"“When they look at the Palestinian Authority, this young generation sees a dysfunctional authority that is corrupt and does not represent them,” said Kobi Michael, former head of the Palestinian desk at Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry.
“They have no expectation from the Israelis, they feel neglected by the Arab countries and they understand that the international community is more concerned with ISIS or extremist terrorism that it no longer gives attention to the Palestinian issue. They feel very alone.
“This creates a huge darkness, and they want to change or undermine the order,” he said, “even though they don’t know what should replace it.”
OBVIOUSLY, THAT "DARKNESS" HAS SPREAD TO EUROPE AND THERE WILL BE NO GOING BACK TO THE 'LIGHT' BECAUSE EACH NATION MUST BE BROUGHT INTO SUBMISSION TO ISLAM, AND ALL "GOOD" MUSLIMS MUST ANSWER THAT CALL TO JIHAD TO EXPAND ISLAM IN ALL NATIONS OF EARTH, TO BECOME MARTYRS SO THAT ISLAM CAN BECOME SUPREME.
WILL WE SEE THE WASHINGTON POST AND OTHERS BEGIN TO RAIL AGAINST THE U.K., FRANCE, ALL EUROPEAN NATIONS COMING UNDER THE SAME TYPE ATTACKS ISRAEL HAS LIVED UNDER FOR DECADES AND BLAME EUROPEANS FOR THESE ATTACKS AS THEY BLAMED ISRAEL?
I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED TO READ A WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE, OR A NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE CONDEMNING THE U.K. FOR "SUPPRESSING" THE POOR, PATHETIC 'IMMIGRANTS', FOR BEING SO MEAN TO THE "DISENFRANCHISED", SAYING THAT THEY WERE MERELY RETALIATING FOR BEING "FRUSTRATED" BY EUROPE'S "DISHONORING ISLAM" AND TREATING THEM "UNFAIRLY".
WE'LL WATCH AND SEE.
MAY GOD HELP YOU, BRITAIN, FRANCE,GERMANY, ALL OF YOU.
IT HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN.
List of vehicle-ramming attacks...
In chronological order:
1981 Iraqi embassy bombing, Beirut-Lebanon not ramming pedestrians (ramming a specific building then exploding)
1983 Beirut barracks bombings, Lebanon (building ramming + exploding)
2001 Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly car bombing (building gate ramming + exploding + gunfire)
2002 Lyon car attack, France (building ramming + fire)
2006 UNC SUV attack, University of North Carolina, United States (ramming people)
2007 Glasgow International Airport attack, Scotland (building ramming + detonating gas cylinders)
2008 Jerusalem vehicular attack, Israel (ramming people)
2008 Jerusalem bulldozer attack, Israel (ramming people)
2011 Tel Aviv nightclub attack, Israel (ramming + stabbing)
Murder of Lee Rigby, London, May 2013 (ramming + stabbing)
2013 Tiananmen Square attack, China (ramming people + bursting into flames)
May 2014 Ürümqi attack, China (ramming + throwing bombs off the vehicle)
2014 Jerusalem tractor attack, Israel (ramming people + bus)
2014 Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu ramming attack, Canada (ramming)
October 2014 Jerusalem vehicular attack, Israel (ramming people)
November 2014 Jerusalem vehicular attack, Israel (ramming + hitting with a metal crowbar)
2014 Alon Shvut stabbing attack, West Bank (failed ramming + stabbing)
2014 Dijon attack, France (ramming people)
2014 Nantes attack, France (ramming people)
2015 Saint-Quentin-Fallavier attack, France (ramming gas cylinders + decapitating)
2016 Nice attack, France (ramming people + gunfire)
2016 Ohio State University attack, United States (ramming + stabbing)
2016 Berlin attack, Germany (shooting truck driver + ramming people)
2017 Melbourne car attack in Melbourne, Australia in which six people were killed and over 30 injured.
2017 Jerusalem truck attack, Israel (ramming people)
2017 Westminster attack, United Kingdom (ramming + stabbing; some victims were thrown off Westminster Bridge by the ramming)
2017 Stockholm attack, Sweden (ramming people)
June 2017 London attacks, United Kingdom (ramming and stabbing).[