Thursday 24 August 2017

London terror attacks: Everything we know so far as first victim named and IS claims responsibility

Some of the scenes in the wake of the terror attack in London
Some of the scenes in the wake of the terror attack in London
Christine Archibald, originally from Castlegar, British Columbia, is seen in an undated photo released by her family June 4, 2017 after it was announced that she was killed in the London Bridge area attacks. Courtesy of the Archibald family/Handout via REUTERS
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HERE is what we know following the terror attack at London Bridge and Borough Market, which has left seven dead and 48 in hospital:

* 10.07pm Saturday - Ambulance services are called to reports of a white van ploughing through pedestrians on London Bridge, arriving within six minutes.

Police entering a bar in London, Britain, June 3, 2017, telling people to get down in this screen grab from video. Photo: Twitter/Yatesy17 via REUTERS TV
Police entering a bar in London, Britain, June 3, 2017, telling people to get down in this screen grab from video. Photo: Twitter/Yatesy17 via REUTERS TV
Armed police on St Thomas Street, London, near the scene of Saturday's terrorist incident at Borough Market. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

* 10.08pm - Police are also called to the scene.

* The white van crashes outside The Barrowboy & Banker pub in Borough High Street, where three men leave the vehicle and apparently run down steps and along Green Dragon Court, heading towards Borough Market where they begin stabbing people in pubs and restaurants.

A woman and a child are led to safety away from London Bridge. Photo: Getty
A woman and a child are led to safety away from London Bridge. Photo: Getty

* Witnesses say three men run into the Black And Blue restaurant in Stoney Street and begin stabbing people indiscriminately, including one person in the face and neck.

* A knifeman also storms the El Pastor restaurant in Stoney Street, forcing diners and staff to take shelter.

* Another man, journalist Geoff Ho, is stabbed at the Southwark Tavern. Witnesses see injured people in the Mudlark pub, while others at the Katzenjammers Bierhall in Southwark Street help a person who has been stabbed.

* Police searching for the knifemen go through bars and restaurants as staff and drinkers hide.

* 10.16pm - Eight minutes after police are called three male suspects are shot dead by marksmen near the Wheatsheaf pub in Stoney Street. Eight officers fire 50 bullets, an "unprecedented number of rounds", the Met's assistant commissioner Mark Rowley says.

* A member of the public is also accidentally shot, and is in hospital with injuries described as "not critical".

* The men are wearing what looked like explosive vests but these are later found to be hoaxes.

* At least 48 patients are taken to five hospitals, London Ambulance Service says, with more than 80 medics having been sent to the scene.

* A British Transport Police officer who took on the three attackers armed with just his baton is stabbed in the head, face and leg as he tries to help members of the public.

* 12.25am on Sunday - Both incidents are declared by the Metropolitan Police as terror attacks.

* Shortly before 4am, police confirm six people are killed in the rampage.

* A third incident at Vauxhall is a stabbing and unrelated, Scotland Yard says.

* Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick says the number of victims from the London attack has risen to seven. The High Commission of Canada later confirms one of its citizens is among the dead.

* After chairing a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee, at 10.35am British Prime Minister Theresa May says the UK is experiencing a "new trend in the threat we face as terrorism breeds terrorism" as she condemns the terror attacks.

* On Sunday morning police carry out raids in Barking, east London, where it is thought one of the attackers lived. Officers make 12 arrests in the area and a neighbour who knew one of the attackers says he had asked him how to hire a van.

* 2pm - Armed police descend on a flat in East Ham, where witnesses say they apprehend two suspects. Residents see one man jump out of a first floor window and run along the top of a rank of shops before being dragged through a window by officers.

* 4.30pm - Mr Rowley confirms that 36 people remain in hospital with 21 in a critical condition. He warns of more armed police in the capital in coming days, and says "increased physical measures" will be brought in to keep people safe on London's bridges.

* 7.50pm - French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian confirms a French citizen was killed in the attack and seven were taken to hospital, of which four are in a serious condition.

* 10pm - Scotland Yard says seven women aged between 19 and 60 are among those arrested at an address in Barking under the Terrorism Act, while five men aged 27 to 55 are also detained. One 55-year-old man is released without charge.

* 10:30pm - The first victim of the attack is named as Canadian national Christine Archibald, who worked in a homeless shelter until she moved to Europe to be with her fiance. Her family said in a statement: "We grieve the loss of our beautiful, loving daughter and sister. She had room in her heart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected.

"She lived this belief, working in a shelter for the homeless until she moved to Europe to be with her fiance.

"She would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death."

* 10.45pm - The head of the SITE intelligence group says the Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for the London attacks.

* 12.18am on Monday - Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop says three Australian citizens were injured in the attacks.

* 5am - Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says the number of Australian victims has increased to four, adding the Government had "very real concerns" about two of its citizens.

* Monday 4.15am - Officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command enter two addresses in Newham and Barking and a "number of people" are detained.

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