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London terror attack timeline: 8 minutes of fear and mayhem

London terror attack timeline: 8 minutes of fear and mayhem

Police said in a statement that the arrests were made Sunday morning in Barking by counterterrorism officers. The death toll of seven didn't include the three attackers.

It began Saturday night when a van veered off the road and barrelled into pedestrians on busy London Bridge.

This is, as we all know, the third terrorist attack Britain has experienced in the last three months. Thirty-six victims were still being treated Sunday afternoon, 21 of who were critically injured, authorities said.

At 10:08 p.m. (5:08 p.m. ET), London Metropolitan officers responded to reports of a vehicle hitting pedestrians on London Bridge.

Elsbeth Smedley, a witness, said a man ran into Elliot's cafe in Borough Market and stabbed two people before rushing out.

Mrs May said the United Kingdom has made "significant progress" in disrupting plots and protecting the public since the emergence of the threat from Islamist-inspired terrorism.

"Two weeks ago the Manchester Arena was attacked by a suicide bomber and now London has been struck once more". Police stormed in and helped escort people out.

The attack comes days before the general election is due to take place, and after Britain's threat level was reduced back to "severe" after being raised to its highest level "critical" following the Manchester attack.




"We are all shocked and angry today, but this is our city", Sadiq Khan said Sunday.

Among the injured in the attack were a British Transport Police officer and an off-duty officer, according to police.

The arrests by a counterterrorism unit occurred in the East London neighborhood of Barking, police said in a statement.

The distance between the London Bridge and Borough Market. He was later described as being in stable condition with injuries that weren't life-threatening.

"The recent attacks are not connected, but we believe we are experiencing a new trend in the threat that we face, as terrorism breeds terrorism", May said.

She said defeating the "evil" ideology of Islamist extremism is " one of the great challenges of our time" but stressed it "cannot be defeated by military intervention alone".

"The suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests, but these were later established to be hoaxes", said Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley.

Only hours before, bursts of gunfire echoed through the streets - likely from armed police - and at least three blasts rang out as officers performed controlled explosions after sweeping the area for possible bombs. Five people were killed, including the assailant, and 40 others were injured. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called news of the attack on the London Bridge and nearby Borough Market "awful" in a tweet Saturday night. Then they went on the Wheat Sheaf (pub).


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