On 3rd June 2017 people all over the world found out about the shocking terror attack in the
heart of London which left 11 people dead (including 8 victims and 3 attackers) and up to
48 people injured.
The attack was conducted using a white Renault van hired a few hours earlier by Khuram
Butt, the ringleader. Three terrorists are believed to have used a rented flat in east London
to prepare for the attack arming themselves with kitchen knives with ceramic blades and
fake explosive belts. At 21:58 British Summer Time the van travelled south across London
Bridge in an apparent reconnaissance of the target. Then, it returned six minutes later,
mounted the pavement and hit multiple pedestrians, killing three of them. After the crash
of their van on Borough High Street, the attackers ran towards Borough Market area,
which was bustling with people enjoying themselves on a balmy Saturday evening. There,
they shivved four people in the restaurant called Borough Bistro. One witness reported that
the terrorists shouted “This is for Allah”. Later on, they rampaged through the area,
entering many pubs and restaurants to stab anyone in sight. Finally, the three attackers
were shot dead by armed officers from the City of London and Metropolitan Police forces
outside the Wheatsheaf at 22:16. The official death toll raised to eight after recovering the
last victim from Thames.
The Metropolitan Police advised the public to run or hide from any attacker and to remain
calm. All buildings in the neighbourhood were evacuated and London Bridge, Borough and
Bank tube stations were closed due to the request of the police. Furthermore, new security
measures were introduced on eight central London bridges after the attack to prevent
further vehicle attacks, with the installation of large barriers made of concrete.
In the morning after the incident the Prime Minister Theresa May returned to Downing
Street from campaigning for the general election and said the UK “cannot and must not
pretend that things can continue as they are” as she set out tough measures to tackle
terrorism in response to the attack. She also said that there must now be greater regulation
of the internet and that existing online “safe spaces” that allow terrorism to “breed” must
On the same day, the Home Secretary Amber Rudd, said: “We are confident about the fact
that they were radical Islamic terrorists, the way they were inspired, and we need to find
out more about where this radicalisation came from.” Later that day, Amaq News Agency,
an online outlet associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), said the
attackers were ISIS fighters. On 5th June, two of the attackers were identified as Khuram
Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane. The third attacker, Youssef Zaghba, was identified the
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Written by Damian Adamowski from 2b.