London attack: Police ‘know identities of killers’

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Police investigating Saturday night’s terror attack in London say they know the identity of the three attackers who killed seven people and injured 48.

The Met Police said their names would be released “as soon as operationally possible” as officers work to establish if they were part of a wider network.

PM Theresa May said victims included a “number of nationalities”, saying it was “an attack on the free world”.

It comes as police have searched more addresses in east London.

Police said a “number of people” had been detained following the raids, in Newham and Barking.

Eleven people are being held after police raids in Barking on Sunday. One of the properties is believed to be the home of one of the attackers.

The three attackers were shot dead by police after driving into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbing people in Borough Market.

Security sources in Dublin have said one of the attackers was carrying an identification card issued in the Republic of Ireland when he was shot dead, the Press Association has reported.

Meanwhile, Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said a “huge amount” of forensic material and evidence had been seized from the van – as well as from the police raids.

She told BBC Breakfast the investigation was moving very quickly and the priority now was to establish if anybody else was involved in the plot.

The so-called Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Chrissy ArchibaldImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionChrissy Archibald moved to Europe to be with her fiancé

The first victim of the attack has been named as Canadian national Chrissy Archibald.

A statement from her family said she had worked in a homeless shelter until she moved to Europe to be with her fiancé.

A French national was also killed in the attack, according to foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Two people have claimed they had warned the police about the behaviour of one of the attackers.

‘I did my bit’

“We spoke about a particular attack that happened and, like most radicals, he had a justification for anything – everything and anything.

“And that day I realised that I need to contact the authorities,” he said.

He said no action was taken.

“I did my bit… but the authorities didn’t do their bit”.

London Bridge rail and Tube stations both reopened early on Monday morning. The bridge and surrounding roads have also reopened.


At the scene

A commuter looks at some of the floral tributes on London BridgeImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES

By BBC’s Katie Wright

While the usual hordes of commuters stream across London Bridge, the large police presence and multitude of global TV crews show it’s not a typical Monday morning.

James Hartley, an HR manager in the city, crosses London Bridge every morning and would “normally be marching across”. Today, he took a moment to stop and reflect.

“I’m just taking in the city and thinking about what happened over the weekend. It feels really emotional.”

The overriding message to Londoners has been to carry on as normal, but for some of those who work near where the attack happened, that wasn’t possible logistically.

Abigail Barclay and her colleagues were gathered on the street near Borough Market unable to get into their office.

She said: “We’re just working out our plan at the moment. There are lots of people out here trying to figure out what they’re going to do.”


Speaking on Sunday, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said 36 people were in hospital with a “range of injuries” and 21 were in a critical condition.

Four police officers were among those injured, two of them seriously.

Police carried out raids in east London
Image captionPolice carried out raids in east London after Saturday’s terror attack in the capital

The Met said one officer received stitches to a head injury and another received injuries to his arm.

An off-duty officer, who was one of the first on the scene, remains in a serious condition.

Foreign nationals

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed four of the country’s nationals had been caught up in the attack.

Two, Candice Hedge from Brisbane and Andrew Morrison from Darwin, are among the injured after both were stabbed.

Seven French nationals were injured in the attack, including four with serious injuries, while one French national is still missing

 

Police say the attack began at 21:58 BST on Saturday, when a white Renault van drove onto London Bridge from the north side.

Map of London attack scene

Eyewitnesses described it travelling at high speed, hitting pedestrians, before crashing close to the Barrowboy and Banker pub.

The van had recently been hired by one of the attackers, Mr Rowley said.

It is the third terror attack in the UK in three months, following the car and knife attack on Westminster Bridge in March, in which five people were killed, and the Manchester bombing less than two weeks ago, in which 22 people were killed.


A new normal?

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Dominic Casciani, BBC home affairs correspondent

With three attacks in three months, acts of terror against soft targets is beginning to feel, to some people, like the new normal.

The brutal reality is that this kind of threat is absolutely typical of what jihadists sought to achieve in all their attacks across Europe.

Since 2013 security services in the UK have foiled 18 plots. A large proportion of those have involved suspects who set out to commit acts of violence similar to the attacks on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge.

Plans to use bombs, such as at Manchester Arena, are rarer because plotters need to have the technical skills for such an appalling attack – but attacking people with cars and knives is far easier and has long been encouraged by so-called Islamic State and other jihadists.

The aim of the three attackers last night is abundantly clear – not only did they want to kill, but they wanted to lose their own lives.

They would have known full well that attacking people in the street would draw armed police in their direction and the fake bomb belts they were wearing would, in their own warped minds, hasten their demise.

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