London attack: 12 arrested in Barking after van and knife attack

    /    Jun 4, 2017   /     World  /    0 Comments  /    230 Views

Twelve people have been arrested after the London terror attack which left seven people dead and 48 injured.

The arrests in Barking, east London, followed a raid at a flat belonging to one of the three attackers.

A van hit pedestrians on London Bridge at 21:58 BST on Saturday. Three men then got out and stabbed people in nearby Borough Market.

The attackers were shot dead by eight officers who fired 50 bullets. A member of the public was accidentally shot.

Of the 12 people who were arrested, seven are women. A 55-year-old man was later released without charge.

Meanwhile, Canadian national Chrissy Archibald has been named by Canadian broadcaster CTV as the first victim of the attack.

A statement from her family said she “believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected”.

It said she had worked in a homeless shelter until she moved to Europe to be with her fiance.

‘Range of injuries’

The so-called Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said the police had reacted knowing the attackers “had to be stopped immediately”.

“The situation these officers were confronted with was critical, a matter of life and death – three armed men wearing what appeared to be suicide belts,” he said.

The vests were later found to be hoaxes.

Mr Rowley said 36 people were in hospital with a “range of injuries” and 21 were in a critical condition.

Malik Ramadhan, a doctor at the Royal London Hospital, said his team had treated one man who had been shot in the head and was expected to make a full recovery.

Both London Bridge rail and Tube stations are due to reopen on Monday from 05:00 BST but the rail station will be exit only, Network Rail said.

bbc.com

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