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from London Bridge attack
body found in Thames
searching for missing Frenchman Xavier Thomas recover body bringing number known
to have died to eight
on Sunday 4
The number of
victims of the London Bridge atrocity has risen to eight after police searching
for a missing Frenchman recovered a body from the Thames.
Next of kin of Xavier Thomas, 45, missing since Saturday’s attack, have been
informed, though no formal identification has yet taken place, the Metropolitan
Those killed during the London Bridge attack include three French citizens, the
French president said.
“We have had confirmation of the new death toll this morning,” Emmanuel Macron
said on the steps of the Élysée palace. “As far as French nationals are
concerned, there have indeed been three fatalities and eight wounded. We are
paying a heavy price in these attacks.”
Six of those confirmed to have died have now been named by relatives.
The French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said one of the French citizens
who had previously been unaccounted for “has been identified among those who
French media reports identified him as Sébastien Bélanger, 36, who was reported
missing by his girlfriend, Gerda Bennet.
Another French victim, Alexandre Pigeard, 26, who was working in a French
restaurant in Borough Market, has also been named by French media as having
Thomas, who was in London for the weekend with his girlfriend, is believed to
have been thrown into the river Thames after being struck by the speeding van
driven along London Bridge in the attack.
The family of Sara Zelenak, 21, an au pair from Brisbane, who had been missing
since being separated from friends in the chaos of the attack, has confirmed she
is also among the dead.
Another Australian, Kirsty Boden, a 28-year-old nurse, died as she ran to help
others during the attack. She worked as a theatre recovery nurse at Guy’s
“As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty
sadly lost her life,” her family said in a statement.
Boden is one of four Australians said to have been caught up in the terror
As the process of identifying victims continues, Spanish authorities are still
awaiting news of Ignacio Echeverría. a 39-year-old missing HSBC banker. The
Spanish foreign ministry has said they have no update, and are urging the
British authorities to speed up the identification process.
Archibald, 30, a Canadian, and Londoner James McMullan, 32, were the first
victims to be named by family members.
On Monday the family of McMullan, who had been on a night out, said they
believed he was among the victims. Although his body has not been formally
identified, his sister Melanie McMullan said in a statement that his bank card
had been found on a body at the scene, and that the family expected official
confirmation on Wednesday.
McMullan was described by his sister as “someone who put friends and family
above all else”. She insisted that the family would not be drawn into hatred by
the atrocity. “While our pain will never diminish, it is important for us to
carry on with our lives in direct opposition to those who would try to destroy
us, and remember that hatred is the refuge of small-minded individuals, and will
only breed more,” she said. “This is not a course we will follow, despite our
Boden had been
working in London since 2013. In a statement, her family said: “Kirsty was loved
and adored by her family, friends and boyfriend. She was the most outgoing, kind
and generous person who loved to help people. Helping people was what she loved
to do in her job as a nurse and in her daily life.
“As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty
sadly lost her life. We are so proud of Kirsty’s brave actions which demonstrate
how selfless, caring and heroic she was, not only on that night, but throughout
all of her life. Kirsty – we love you and we will miss you dearly.”
She was a keen traveller and in a blog described herself as “just your average
dreamer, with a full-time job and a constant longing to go where I haven’t
been”. Recent posts were from Milan, Sofia, Lisbon and Kiev, for the 2017
Eurovision song contest. Urging others to travel, she had written: “At the risk
of sounding cliche, life is short and we should all use the time we have
wisely,” The Age reported.
Paying tribute, Dame Eileen Sills, the chief nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS
foundation trust said: “Kirsty was an outstanding nurse and a hugely valued
member of the staff team in Theatres Recovery, described by her colleagues as
‘one in a million’ who always went the extra mile for the patients in her care.”
McMullan, from Hackney in east London, had not been seen since he stepped out of
the Barrowboy and Banker pub on Borough High Street for a cigarette five minutes
before the attackers crashed their van directly outside.
Melissa McMullan had posted an appeal for information about her “amazing and
incredibly talented big brother” on social media. She said he had been meeting
up with school friends and had not been home or in contact since the attack.
Friends had checked hospitals without success. The Londoner was about to launch
an e-learning business.
Reading a statement announcing that James was believed to be among the victims
after his bank card was found on one of those killed, Melissa, 30, said: “From
his friends who were with him on the night, they want everyone to know what a
generous and caring friend he was. Words will never be able to match his
essence. There will only ever be one James. Nowhere else will you find such
humour and unique personality and someone who puts friends and family above all
else. He was an inspiration.”
victim was named by her family as Christine Archibald, from Castlegar, British
Columbia. After graduating in social work from Mount Royal University in
Calgary, Alberta, she had worked at a homeless shelter. Her family said: “We
grieve the loss of our beautiful, loving daughter and sister. She had room in
her heart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued
“She lived this belief, working in a shelter for the homeless until she moved to
Europe to be with her fiance. She would have had no understanding of the callous
cruelty that caused her death. Please honour her by making your community a
better place. Volunteer your time and labour or donate to a homeless shelter.
Tell them Chrissy sent you.”
Archibald was with her fiance, Tyler Ferguson, when she died. His sister, Cassie
Ferguson, told CBC News: “He is broken into a million pieces. He held her and
watched her die in his arms.”
Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, said he was heartbroken at the news.
“We grieve with the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones, and
wish all those injured a speedy and full recovery,” he said.
“Londoners and people across the United Kingdom have always displayed strength
and resilience in the face of adversity. We recently witnessed this after the
attacks in Manchester and in the Westminster area of London. This time will be
citizens are believed to have died. Two are confirmed killed, while police
searching for a third missing man have recovered a body from the Thames. The
French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said: “It is with great sadness
that I have learned that one of the French citizens, who was previously given as
unaccounted for, has been identified among those who have died.”
Le Drian did not name the victim but French media identified him as Sébastien
Bélanger, 36, from Angers, a chef at the Coq d’Argent restaurant in the City who
friends and relatives said had been watching the Champions league final with
friends in a Borough market restaurant called Boro Bistro. Bélanger, who had
lived in London for seven years, was reported missing by his girlfriend, Gerda
Bennet, a bartender in Hoxton in the east of the city.
Appealing for information online, she said: “My heart is broken and I wish no
one in this world could feel what I feel now.”
Bélanger’s cousin, Céline, told RTL radio that he and his friends “became
separated when the attackers entered the bar. They all ran in different
directions to escape, and lost contact with each other”.
Le Parisien newspaper said it had confirmed his death late on Tuesday night,
adding that his mother and brother were expected to arrive in London on
Wednesday. The paper said Bélanger had begun the evening in the The Barrowboy &
Banker pub before moving on to the bistro.
French media on Tuesday named Alexandre Pigeard, 27, from Normandy, who moved to
London two-and-a-half years ago and was working on Saturday night at the Boro
Bistro, as also having died.
La Manche Libre quoted residents from Pigeard’s home town, Colleville-Montgomery
near Caen as saying his death had been confirmed by the mayor. “He was a kid who
wanted to succeed, who loved life,” one resident told the newspaper.
The paper said he was a familiar figure in Caen, where he had worked in a number
of bars before leaving for the UK. The mother of Vincent Le Berre, a French bar
manager at Boro Bistro in Borough market, earlier told Le Telegramme that her
son believed a colleague of his, Alexandre, had been killed at the bar.
Le Drian said on Monday he had wanted to come to London “to show that France is
at Britain’s side. “The UK has been hit for the third time in less than three
months by a terrorist attack. We wanted to show our solidarity to all families
of the victims and show we are all concerned by this, and to express our
“At present the the toll among French citizens of the London attack is two dead
and eight injured, including four in a serious condition,” the foreign ministry
said. One French national “remains missing”.
of kin have been informed that the body of a man was found in the river on
Tuesday night at 7.44pm near Limehouse by specialist officers from the marine
Thomas, who was in London for the weekend with his girlfriend, has not been seen
since Saturday night. His girlfriend, Christine Delcros, was seriously injured.
Her sister, Nathalie Cros Brohan, posted online that she was on her way to
London to visit Delcros in hospital. She appealed for anyone with news of Thomas
to get in touch, adding: “We are terribly worried.”
Echeverría, 39, from Madrid, who works for HSBC in London, had apparently been
skateboarding in a park with friends when he stopped to help a woman who was
injured in the atrocity. His family had been asked for fingerprints for
Australian Sara Zelenak, 21, was last seen running from the attack on London
Bridge, where she became separated from friends. Her mother, Julie, who
travelled to London, confirmed her death in a Facebook post saying: “Sara
Zelenak is confirmed dead they found her body & has DNA tests confirmed
thank-you for all the overwhelming love & support from everyone.” Zelenak was a
nanny, and was supposed to be babysitting on Saturday night but there was a
last-minute change of plan.
Her mother told Australian radio station 97.3FM her daughter had been travelling
in Europe since March, and was working as an au pair in London. She said her
daughter had been at Westminster the day before Khalid Masood killed five in a
car and knife rampage and had also planned to go to the Ariana Grande concert in
Manchester, where suicide bomber Salman Abedi murdered 22 victims. “Everything,
she’s just missed,” she had said.
Transport Police officer
Among the 48
injured were four police officers, including a British Transport Police officer
who confronted the terrorists with nothing more than a baton. Theresa May said
many of the wounded had sustained life-threatening injuries, while the NHS said
at least 21 people were in a critical condition.
The BTP chief constable, Paul Crowther, said he had visited his colleague in
hospital and he had “showed enormous courage in the face of danger, as did many
others who were at the scene and rushed to help”.
“Although he is seriously unwell, he was able to recount how he faced the
attackers armed only with his baton, outside London Bridge station. For an
officer who only joined us less than two years ago, the bravery he showed was
outstanding and makes me extremely proud,” he said.
A Metropolitan police officer, a rugby player based in Southwark, was off duty
and having a drink with friends when he was stabbed tackling one of the three
attackers. He is in a serious condition. The Met police commissioner, Cressida
Dick, said: “My understanding is that, without hesitation, wearing his normal
clothes, he dived in and tried to assist, and he I’m afraid was himself severely
injured, but utterly heroic.”
A further two Met officers were hurt while on duty, one a plain clothes officer
who received stitches to a head injury, and a uniformed officer who received an
injury to his arm.
Man hit by
the Met police assistant commissioner, said a member of the public was shot as
officers tried to neutralise the terrorists with an “unprecedented” level of
gunfire. Speaking at a press conference, Rowley said the individual was being
treated in hospital but was not in a critical condition.
He said eight armed officers discharged about 50 bullets as they tried to stop
the three knife-wielding attackers.
Dr Malik Ramadhan, a senior doctor at the Royal London hospital, told the
Guardian the man was shot in the head but was expected to make a full recovery.
“We had one gunshot wound. There’s a patient in this hospital who’s been shot in
the head; a man. He’s absolutely not dying. Our expectation is that he will make
a full recovery,” said Ramadhan, the divisional director for trauma at the
The mother of
one of the victims, 23-year-old Daniel O’Neill, has told of her son’s
experience. “He just stepped outside the bar for a second and a man ran up to
him and said ‘this is for my family, this is for Islam’, and stuck a knife
straight in him. He’s got a 7in scar going from his belly round to his back,”
Elizabeth O’Neill told reporters outside King’s College hospital.
“The man ran away, Daniel headed back into the pub, there were shots fired,
everybody was told to lie down, and then they were told to go downstairs in the
bar. At this stage, Daniel’s friend had put a tourniquet on him and was holding
pressure there. He was brought downstairs – parts of that he doesn’t remember –
and then the police were there and brought him in their car to the hospital.”
O’Neill said her son could talk but was in shock. “These people say they are
doing this in the name of God, which is an absolute joke. They are callous, they
are barbaric and they are absolute cowards. We will carry on as normal,” she
London hospitals, including King’s College hospital, the Royal London and St
Thomas’s confirmed they were among those treating the injured, though a number
had now been discharged.
Geoff Ho, the
Sunday Express business editor, was taken to intensive care after being stabbed
in the throat when he tried to help a wounded bouncer. He was filmed being led
away from the scene by a police officer, clutching his neck and with his shirt
According to the Mirror, he wrote on Facebook: “Don’t know whether it was stupid
or noble to jump in and break up the fight outside the Southwark Tavern, but two
a***s trying to do over the lone bouncer on the door isn’t happening on my
His friend, Isabelle Oderberg, tweeted: “We have found Geoff. He is in intensive
care.” She told the Melbourne newspaper the Age: “He is actually a martial
artist and I wouldn’t be surprised if he would have stood up and been counted
because he’s just that type of person.”
From his hospital bed, Ho wrote: “The bastard in the Arsenal shirt came at me
first. I think I got a hit in on one of them, but either he or his accomplice
got me with a shot to the throat.”
On Tuesday morning Ho tweeted:
Geoff Ho @FinanceHog
Thank you every one for the best wishes. I got out of surgery yesterday and am
on the mend.
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a Greek national who works in London, is recovering in hospital after being
stabbed in the kidney. Greece’s state news agency said Filis, who also sustained
head injuries, had been with his girlfriend in Borough Market.
According to Greek local media, Filis’s parents, Giorgos and Grazia-Maria, heard
the news from his girlfriend. Filis lived close to Borough Market and his father
sent a message to check that he was all right. “We didn’t get an answer, and
then a little while later we saw a call come in from his phone. A girl said:
‘Don’t worry, he is well, he has been injured,’” Giorgos Filis told Lamia
Report, a news outlet in the central Greek town.
“I wouldn’t wish it on any parent to be faced with the feeling that we had … he
stared at death in the face … he said they were aiming for his carotid – with
God’s help and with him throwing up his hand [in front of his face], he was hit
on the head. If it had been a little bit lower we don’t know what would have
Filis required eight stitches to his head and several hours of surgery after
being knifed in the kidney. His father said he was now out of danger.
from Dagenham, east London, was stabbed four times according to friend Darren
Mole. Mole tweeted:
Just woke up to find a friend of mine stabbed 4 times in the #LondonBridge
terror attack. All on your watch @SadiqKhan 😡 time to resign
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Mole posted a picture of Freeman in his hospital bed.
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Kim del Toro,
the mother of Candice Hedge from Australia who was named as one of those hurt in
the attack, told Fairfax Media that her daughter had received emergency surgery
at St Thomas’s hospital, and said: “She is going to be fine, thank goodness.”
The Brisbane Courier Mail said Hedge had finished her waiting shift at Elliot’s
restaurant and was having a drink at the bar when a man came up behind her,
grabbed her head and slashed at her throat.
Del Toro said
Hedge had been at the bar with her boyfriend, Luke, when “he heard some
commotion out the front and went out to see what was going on”.
“He saw some men with knives coming toward them, and he ran back inside to see
where Candice was.”
She said he had been unable to find her, and the police had yelled for everyone
to stay down. He had then seen his girlfriend running towards him, holding her
Del Toro said her daughter had been able to make a Skype call on Sunday morning.
“She couldn’t speak, but I got to see her and she gave me the thumbs up, so I
knew that she was OK.”
Hedge also posted on Facebook to reassure friends, the Sydney Morning Herald
reported. She wrote: “I’m doing OK. Still in hospital, but all in the clear. I
really can’t talk. The f----- stabbed me in the neck. Don’t worry too much. I
love you all.”
In a video
posted on Reddit, Morrison, from Darwin, Australia, who had a bloodstained cloth
wrapped around his neck, said he had been stabbed after leaving Belushi’s bar
where he had been watching the Champions League final.
“All of a sudden this guy comes up with a knife … I push him off. I walk into a
pub and say: ‘Someone help me, I’ve been stabbed,’” he said on the video.
Morrison’s sister Katrina told the NT News the family was just happy he was
safe. “Yes, my brother was involved,” she said. “We’re currently sorting out his
Darwin man describes escape from London attacker
Oliver Dowling and Marie Bondeville
Oliver Dowling, 32, from Christchurch, New Zealand, was recovering from four
hours of surgery after being stabbed in the face, neck and stomach.
Marie Bondeville with her boyfriend Oliver Dowling
According to the New Zealand Herald, his sister Freddy posted on Facebook:
“Doctors are very happy with how he’s come out the other side. A massive thanks
to the University of London hospital for their tireless efforts in helping my
His girlfriend, Marie Bondeville, was also injured, she wrote, adding: “Marie
has been in surgery at another hospital but unfortunately we haven’t been able
to find out how she is due to not being immediate family.”
from Peckham, was stabbed eight times as he fought with the trio of attackers at
the Black & Blue bar in Borough Market. They shouted: “This is for Allah” and
“Islam, Islam, Islam,” he told the Sun. He said he shouted back: “Fuck you, I’m
Millwall,” before trying to punch them.
for Spain’s foreign ministry told the Associated Press that a Spanish man had
been treated in hospital for wounds described as not serious.
Two German nationals were among the injured, according to Germany’s interior
Six women and eight men were taken to King’s College hospital in south London
and one patient had since been discharged, a spokesman said. The Royal London
hospital in east London was continuing to treat 12 people, Barts health NHS
A spokeswoman for Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS foundation trust said it had treated
nine patients at St Thomas’s – six men and three women. Five had since been
discharged and four – two men and two women – had been admitted.
A rest centre was set up at London South Bank University where volunteers from
the British Red Cross were helping those affected, Southwark council said.
Of the 48 people admitted to five London hospitals following the attack, 32
still remained, NHS England said on Tuesday. The number of those in a critical
condition fell to 15 from 18 on Monday, and 21 initially.
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bombing was responsibility of one man,
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Tuesday 23 May
published on Monday 22 May 2017
At least 22
people, including children, have been killed and 59 injured in a suicide bombing
at a crowded pop concert in Manchester, the most deadly attack in Britain in a
Soldiers on British streets as threat level raised to critical – as it happened
Police say attacker died after detonating ‘improvised explosive device’ in foyer
of concert hall
The horror unfolded at about 10.30pm on Monday at the end of a concert by the
American singer Ariana Grande, whose music is popular with children and
The attack, which took place in the foyer, caused hundreds of people to flee in
terror, with young people at the concert separated from their parents in the
chaos. It left a scene of carnage inside the concert venue, where medics
described treating wounds consistent with shrapnel injury.
One witness said he could see nuts and bolts strewn on the floor of the foyer
after the attack, which suggests a nail bomb may have been involved. Families of
those injured later said nuts and bolts were removed in life-saving surgeries.
Theresa May said: “We are working to establish the full details of what is being
treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack. All our thoughts are
with the victims and the families of those who have been affected.”
The attack came less than three weeks before Britain’s general election on 8
June and on the anniversary of the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby. In response,
all parties have suspended campaigning. Flags outside Downing Street flew at
The prime minister chaired an emergency meeting of the government’s crisis
committee, Cobra, on Tuesday morning and later travelled to Manchester to meet
with local law enforcement and survivors. She was scheduled to chair a second
Cobra meeting on Tuesday afternoon.
The home secretary, Amber Rudd, paid tribute to emergency services, saying:
“This was a barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable
in our society – young people and children out at a pop concert. My thoughts and
prayers go out to the families and victims who have been affected.”
Greater Manchester police have confirmed that they believe the bombing was the
responsibility of one man armed with an improvised explosive device. The man,
named as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, is among the dead.
Police raided a number of properties in south Manchester in the wake of the
attack, including one address in Fallowfield where a controlled explosion was
used to gain entry.
The chief constable, Ian Hopkins, said: “We have been treating this as a
terrorist incident and we believe that while the attack last night was conducted
by one man, the priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part
of a network.”
The investigation into the attack involves the police counter-terrorism network
and Britain’s domestic security service, MI5.
The death toll would make it the worst event of its kind in Britain since the
7/7 bombing in 2005, which hit London’s transport network, killing 52 people.
Witnesses in Manchester described how, after the concert had finished, the house
lights came up and then a loud bang was heard. Majid Khan, 22, said: “A huge
bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to
flee the arena.
“It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where
the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to
Oliver Jones, 17, who attended with his 19-year-old sister, said: “The bang
echoed around the foyer of the arena and people started to run.”
People outside the concert hall were visibly upset as a cacophony of sirens was
heard and police and ambulance vehicles arrived at the scene.
Erin McDougle, 20, from Newcastle, said: “There was a loud bang at the end of
the concert. The lights were already on so we knew it wasn’t part of the show.
At first we thought it was a bomb. There was a lot of smoke. People started
running out. When we got outside the arena there were dozens of police vans and
quite a few ambulances.”
A group of young men from Sheffield said they had seen at least five people
covered in blood and others being carried out by bouncers.
A mother, at the concert with her two daughters, described seeing a man she
believes to have been the suicide bomber. Emma Johnson told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I
turned and saw [a] bright red top in the crowd with a grey panel down the front
with risen bits all over it. It was that which stood out because it was so
intense among the crowds of people. As quick as I saw it the explosion
She said she was 15ft (4.5 metres) away. “It happened near where they sell the
merchandise,” said Johnson. “There were dead bodies everywhere. I saw the
remains of the torso and the remains of the body.”
Charlotte Campbell said she last heard from her 15-year-old daughter Olivia at
8.30pm on Monday, shortly before Grande went on stage, and was frantically
trying to find her.
“Her dad is actually in Manchester looking for her,” she told BBC Radio 4’s
Today programme. “I’ve got friends out looking for her, I’ve got people I don’t
even know out looking for her.
“I’ve got people messaging me saying: ‘Look, we’ve got her photo and we’re out
looking for her – we’ll get in contact with you if we see her’. I’m just hearing
nothing – her phone’s dead.”
People in Manchester rallied round to help people caught up in the attack. Sikh
temples and hotels offered refuge and some locals opened up their homes. Some
taxi drivers waived their fares.
The attack happened despite years of warnings and tightening of security,
especially around crowded paces. Investigators will want to find out the reason
for the attack, where the material for the suspected device was bought and how
it was designed.
Since the attack on London in 2005, measures have been put in place to restrict
the purchase of materials that can be used to make homemade explosives.
The Manchester attack came after weeks of heightened activity and disrupted
plots by police and MI5. In March, four people and the attacker died after an
attack in Westminster, central London, which targeted the Houses of Parliament.
The terrorist threat level for Britain is at severe, meaning an attack is highly
likely. The government is not planning to increase the threat level to critical.
However, security is expected to be reviewed for major venues in Britain and
elsewhere. London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, said there would be more police on the
streets of the capital on Tuesday after the “barbaric and sickening attack”.
The Metropolitan police commissioner, Cressida Dick, said the extra presence,
including armed officers, would continue for as long as needed. She also said
the force was working with all those planning events this weekend to ensure all
necessary steps had been taken. Security was also stepped up in Scotland, where
the chief constable deployed armed police on high visibility patrols in crowded
areas, airports and railway stations.
In the US, the Department of Homeland Security warned of extra security
World leaders expressed solidarity with the UK in the fight against terrorists.
Donald Trump expressed his “deepest condolences” to the victims, condemning the
attackers as “evil losers”. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, offered the
British people “all the compassion and care of France which is at their side in
mourning, with a particular thought for the victims and their families”. The
German chancellor, Angela Merkel, on Monday expressed her “sorrow and horror”.
In a statement just before 3am, Hopkins said the police had received reports of
an explosion at 10.33pm at the conclusion of the Ariana Grande concert.
He said: “This is clearly a very concerning time for everyone. We are doing all
that we can, working with local and national agencies to support those affected
as we gather information about what happened last night.”
Hopkins urged people to remain vigilant and to stay away from the area of the
attack so emergency services could continue their work.
Leaders representing different faiths condemned the attack. Harun Khan,
secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: “This is horrific,
this is criminal. May the perpetrators face the full weight of justice both in
this life and the next.”
The bishop of Manchester, David Walker, said faith leaders in the city were
united. “The guilt for last night belongs to the perpetrators and the
perpetrators alone – it doesn’t go beyond them,” he told the Today programme.
He said the Muslim community was “one with us”, adding: “You will be part of how
we together respond to last night.”
The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, tweeted his sympathy for the victims:
“Terrible incident in Manchester. My thoughts are with all those affected and
our brilliant emergency services.”
The Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, said: “This is a shocking and horrific
attack targeting children and young people who were simply enjoying a concert,”
and paid tribute to the emergency services.
Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester city council, said the incident was
“horrifying”, adding: “If it is confirmed this was a terrorist attack it is a
monstrous act but also a deeply futile one. Manchester is a proud and strong
city and we will not allow those who seek to sow fear and division to achieve
“We give heartfelt thanks to our emergency services for their response and
council staff are doing all they can to support.”
The metro mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “My heart goes out to
families who have lost loved ones, my admiration to our brave emergency
services. A terrible night for our great city.”
The Manchester Arena has a 21,000 capacity and is one of the largest music
venues in Europe.
The ambulance service covering Manchester, which is dealing with a significant
toll of wounded people, asked people to contact them only if they were in a
life-threatening situation because of the “large number of resources” at the
Police have released this emergency number for people concerned about loved ones
caught up in the incident in Manchester: +44 (0)161 856 9400
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22 March 2017
have died, including a police officer, and at least 20 people have been injured
in a major terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament, the Metropolitan
police have confirmed.
Mark Rowley, the head of counter-terrorism at the Met, said a police officer had
died after being stabbed by a lone attacker attempting to enter the House of
Commons. The suspect was shot and killed.
Moments earlier, at about 2.40pm, the attacker drove a vehicle at speed into
pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, near parliament, killing two people.
Rowley said at least 20 people, including three officers, were hurt in the
attack on the bridge. A diplomatic source told Reuters three French students
were among the injured.
“This is a day we’ve planned for but hoped would never happen. Sadly it’s now a
reality,” Rowley said. “The attack started when a car was driven over
Westminster Bridge hitting and injuring a number of members of the public, also
including three police officers on their way back from a commendation ceremony.
“The car then crashed near to parliament and at least one man armed with a knife
continued the attack and tried to enter parliament.
“Sadly, I can confirm that four people have died. That includes the police
officer protecting parliament and one man we believe to be the attacker, who was
shot by a police firearms officer. The officer’s family have been made aware. At
least 20 people have been injured.”
One woman is believed to have been thrown over the bridge into the river Thames
– and later pulled alive from the water – while another fell on to a hard
surface below the bridge.
The vehicle came to a halt on the pavement, up against railings to the north of
New Palace Yard, the green space adjacent to Big Ben, opposite an entrance to
Westminster tube station.
A man with a knife was then seen running through the gates of the Palace of
Westminster, across New Palace Yard and stabbing a police officer. The attacker
continued his rampage, targeting a second officer, according to witnesses, but
was shot by police as he approached the second officer clutching his knife.
In the aftermath of the attack, the Foreign Officer minister Tobias Ellwood
reportedly helped treat the injured officer. The Bournemouth MP, a former
soldier, was pictured helping the police officer in Parliament Square. His
brother Jonathan was killed in the 2002 Bali terror attack.
Colleen Anderson, a junior doctor, said a female pedestrian had died. She also
said she treated a police officer in his 30s with a head injury who had been
taken to King’s College hospital. “I confirmed one fatality. A woman. She was
under the wheel of a bus. She died, confirmed her death at the scene,” she said.
The prime minister was expected to chair a meeting of the government’s emergency
Cobra committee on Wednesday evening. A Downing Street spokesman said: “The
thoughts of the PM and the government are with those killed and injured in this
appalling incident, and with their families. The PM is being kept updated and
will shortly chair COBR.”
Theresa May was in the Commons lobby when the incident occurred, according to
the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt. He was with other ministers in a cabinet
sub-committee when they were told of the incident.
Commander BJ Harrington, head of the Met’s public order command, said a full
counter-terrorism investigation was under way. Harrington said the Met received
a number of different reports, which included a report of a person in the river,
a car in collision with pedestrians and a man armed with a knife.
The acting Met commissioner, Craig Mackey, was being treated as a key witness
because he was on the scene when the attack began.
Police asked people to avoid the following areas: Parliament Square, Whitehall,
Westminster Bridge, Lambeth Bridge, Victoria Street up to the junction with
Broadway, and the Victoria Embankment up to Embankment tube.
The Commons leader, David Lidington, told MPs in the moments after the attack
that a police officer had been stabbed” and the “alleged assailant was shot by
armed police” following a serious incident within the parliamentary estate.
Pictures emerged after the incident showing people lying injured on Westminster
Bridge, some of them bleeding.
Two people could be seen lying within New Palace Yard, immediately outside
Westminster Hall. The sitting in the House of Commons was suspended while police
officers sealed off the area. Staff inside parliament were told to stay inside
Minutes after the incident, an emergency services helicopter landed in
Parliament Square, as sirens were heard outside. Air ambulance medics came from
the helicopter to assist the casualties.
Immediately before the incident, at about 2.45pm, people were seen running from
the direction of Westminster Bridge and around the corner into Parliament
Rob Lyon, 34, from Rugby, was walking along Westminster Bridge with a colleague
when he saw a 4x4 vehicle travelling at high-speed, hitting pedestrians. He
said: “I heard a wheel definitely hit a kerb, quite a loud crunch noise. I
looked up and saw a car clearly hitting people as it came towards me.
“A colleague I was with, James, I heard him sort of shout. I instinctively
jumped off the pavement. I could see people being hit. And then the car just
carried on up the bridge and I just looked around and was really in shock.”
Radoslaw Sikorski captured the aftermath of the attack on Westminster Bridge on
video. Sikorski, a senior fellow at the Harvard Centre for European Studies,
said: “I heard what I thought was just a collision and then I looked through the
window of the taxi and [saw] someone down, obviously in great distress.”
Rick Longley said he saw the car crash into the railings and a man leap out. “We
were just walking up to the station and there was a loud bang and a guy,
someone, crashed a car and took some pedestrians out,” he said. “They were just
laying there and then the whole crowd just surged around the corner by the gates
just opposite Big Ben.
“A guy came past my right shoulder with a big knife and just started plunging it
into the policeman.”
Pat McCormack, 21, from Washington in Tyne and Wear saw an attacker stabbing the
police officer. “I saw him stabbing the officer in the back of the head and the
back of the neck. He was running away but then he collapsed.”
The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said: “There’s been an extremely serious
incident in parliament today. Lives have been lost and people have been
seriously injured. I want to thank the police and all the security services who
did so much to keep the public, those who work in parliament and MPs safe. Our
thoughts are with those who have suffered loss and those who have seen terrible
injuries this afternoon.”
Steve White, the chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, which
represents tens of thousands of rank-and-file officers, said: “No words can
capture how members of the policing family will feel after today’s horrific
events. We have lived in the knowledge that an attack on UK soil has been highly
likely for nearly three years. Everyone is firmly aware of this fact, but it
makes it no less shocking when it becomes a reality.
“This incident highlights the very real risks that police face each and every
day. Officers will tonight take the opportunity to hug loved ones and seek
comfort in the company of friends and family. But one will not. The pain of that
officer’s family, friends and colleagues will be shared by us all.
“Our hearts go out to their family and our thoughts are with them and their
colleagues at this terrible time along with others who have been injured today.”
The incident took place a year to the day after the terror attack on Brussels,
which killed 32 people and left 320 injured.
was amended on 23 March 2017. An earlier version said five people had been
killed but this was corrected after the police revised the total to four.
Parliament attack: four dead including police officer,
22 March 2017,