12 Arrested In Connection To London Bridge, Borough Market Attack

Police say the three male attackers were wearing fake suicide vests.
Posted at 7:41 AM, Jun 14, 2017

Metropolitan Police say seven people were killed in a terror attack at London Bridge and Borough Market. The three attackers were killed by police.

In an early morning press conference Sunday, Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the death toll had risen from six. Police say 48 people were injured and are being treated at local hospitals. Twelve people have been arrested in connection to the attacks.

Police responded to the scene Saturday night after reports that a man drove a white van into pedestrians on London Bridge. The driver and two other assailants got out of the van at Borough Market and began stabbing people with long knives. Police said the men were wearing fake suicide vests.

In the wake of the attack, President Donald Trump condemned it on Twitter and advocated for his embattled travel ban. He wrote: "We need [it] as an extra level of safety!" After that, he tweeted America's support for the U.K. and reiterated that support in a phone call with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

In a statement Sunday, May noted this is the third terror attack against the U.K. since March.

"We believe we are experiencing a new trend in the threat we face, as terrorism breeds terrorism, and perpetrators are inspired to attack not only on the basis of carefully-constructed plots after years of planning and training — and not even as lone attackers radicalized online — but by copying one another and often using the crudest of means of attack," May said

The prime minister confirmed the country's election scheduled for June 8 will go on as planned. However, all major parties have suspended campaigning on Sunday, with the exception of the U.K. Independence Party.

Police say a stabbing in London's Vauxhall neighborhood was not connected to the terror attacks.