It’s an all too familiar atmosphere in the United Kingdom — one that is filled with grief, anger, and the question of what to do moving forward.
Vigils for the victims of Saturday’s terror attack in London will be held today and tomorrow, as Britons try to return to a sense of normalcy.
This is the third attack in as many months, with the suicide bombing in Manchester happening prior to this past weekend’s attack that killed 7, including Canadian 30-year-old Christine Archibald of Castlegar, B.C., and injuring more than 48.
Witnesses and survivors of the attack in central London are describing eight agonizing and chaotic minutes when three men who ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge then raced through nearby restaurants with knives.
Witnesses in Borough Market say the attackers were stabbing anyone they could before police shot them dead.
One man tried to attract the assailants’ attention to save a woman he saw being stabbed repeatedly. He says he doesn’t know if she is one of the 48 injured, or if she was among the seven people killed. Twenty-one of the 48 injured remain hospitalized in critical condition. One of them was an off-duty police officer who ran to assist police responding to the attack.
London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick says the officer was having a drink with a friend at Borough Market when he witnessed the attacks. The commissioner praised the bystanders who attended to the officer after he was injured.
He remains hospitalized in serious condition.
Police in London have raided more than dozen locations and have 11 people in custody as they investigate Saturday night’s terrorist attack on London Bridge.One man in east London reports hearing a massive explosion about 4:00 this morning followed by about 20 gunshots.
Police expect more people will be brought in for questioning in what’s already being described as an enormous investigation. Police have named two of the London Bridge attack suspects as Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane.
(With files from the Canadian Press)