Police raid flats where neighbours believe London Bridge attacker may have lived

Elias Hubbard
June 5, 2017

Armed officers patrolling the streets of London on the morning after the attack.ReutersLONDON - Seven people were killed and 48 injured last night in a terrorist attack on London Bridge and nearby Borough Market in the nation's capital.

The 12 arrests were made in the ethnically diverse east London suburb of Barking, with Sky News reporting that a property raided by police belonged to one of the killers.

Hours after the attack the area remained sealed off and patrolled by armed police and counter-terrorism officers.

Police shot dead the three male assailants in the Borough Market area near the bridge within eight minutes of receiving the first emergency call shortly after 10 p.m. local time.

Meanwhile, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick praised the "extraordinary bravery" of her officers, on and off duty, who risked their lives by rushing to confront the attackers.

British Prime Minister Theresa May reacted on Sunday to an attack that killed seven people in London by saying things could not continue as they were and that the strategy for dealing with terrorism needed to be reviewed in four ways.

Witness Gerard Vowls told The Guardian newspaper that he saw a woman being stabbed by three men at the south end of London Bridge as the assault developed.

It is the third terror attack in the United Kingdom in three months, following the auto and knife attack in Westminster in March, which left five people dead, and the Manchester bombing less than two weeks ago, in which 22 people were killed. "People running everywhere, police shouting to run away".

The mayor also said he did not think Thursday's election should be postponed because of events in London. "I don't know what to do".

Borough Market, where the stabbing occurred, is a popular market with gourmet food and produce stalls and several restaurants inside.

The NHS says 48 people, some critically hurt, have been taken to six hospitals for treatment, with those less seriously wounded treated at the scene.

May, who served as interior minister for six years before taking office after the Brexit vote last summer, said Britain's response to the terror threat must change.

Some neighbours said a photograph of one of the attackers resembled a man who lived in one of the flats.

He said May and Corbyn "will both say they are not playing politics with this, but they both are".

"People started running and screaming, and the van crashes into the railing behind".

"It is important that we remain vigilant during these hard times".

May had earlier chaired a meeting of Cobra, the government's emergency committee.

The rampage was the third major attack in Britain in the past three months, including a similar vehicle and knife attack on Westminster Bridge in March that left five people dead.

The country is still reeling from the May 22 attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Britain's official terrorism threat level was raised from "severe" to "critical" after the Manchester attack, meaning an attack may be imminent.

It was not clear who might be responsible for the attack.

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