A confirmed seven are dead and the number of people injured has rose to forty-eight.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan told residents of London that there is “no reason to be alarmed.”
I don’t know about you, but if this was the third terror attack in ten weeks, if three terrorists ran over people in the streets and went on a bloody stabbing spree, I’d be pretty flippin’ alarmed!
Trump thought along those same lines. Just hours after the attack, he took to Twitter to blast the mayor.
“We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don’t get smart it will only get worse.
“At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’
“Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That’s because they used knives and a truck!”
The mayor later said that his words were taken out of context and he was referring to the increased police presence that would be on the streets.
He released a statement earlier that condemned the attacks, calling them “barbaric” and “cowardly”.
In an interview on TV, Khan had said: ‘Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. There’s no reason to be alarmed.’
A spokesman for Khan’s office responded to Trump’s tweets, saying: ‘The Mayor is busy working with the police, emergency services and the government to coordinate the response to this horrific and cowardly terrorist attack.
‘He has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police – including armed officers – on the streets.’
He added: ‘The advice to the public is to remain vigilant but carry on with their lives.’
Trump’s remarks riled up many Twitter users, who then took the president to task for what they saw as his un-presidential bearing.
‘Yes, idiot, because when people panic, the terrorists win,’ Mike Elgan wrote. ‘That’s why it’s called terrorism.’
‘Leaders comfort citizens,’ wrote Tony Posnanski. ‘They work with authorities and other leaders for answers…not yell “WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE!”‘
But others were supportive of Trump, with a number calling for the reinstatement of his travel ban.
In an official statement on Twitter, Khan said he was ‘appalled and furious’ by the attackers, whom he derided as ‘twisted, barbaric cowards.’
‘I’d urge all Londoners to remain calm and vigilant today and in the days ahead,’ he said, adding: ‘We will never let these cowards win and we will never be cowed by terrorism.’
The attack occurred when three jihadis swerved into crowds on London bridge, going up to 50mph.
The three attackers then jumped out of the van with large hunting knives and fake suicide vests and went on a stabbing rampage, choosing victims at random.
While they were stabbing people, they were shouting “this is for Allah”.
A witness reports that no one was hurt by the van but when the attackers jumped out, they started kicking, punching, and stabbing people they ran over.
The terrorists then made their way to nearby Borough Market, a popular nightlife spot with packed restaurants and bars.
Witnesses said the men started smashing windows and cutting the throats of patrons. People barricaded themselves inside the buildings, fighting off the attackers with pint glasses and chairs.
One witness saw a ‘dark-skinned’ man in a red tracksuit ‘calmly’ stab a man three times while another witnessed a victim being stabbed in the face.
Photographer Gabriele Sciotto told BBC News he ran towards the scene of the attack.
‘I came in after the men stabbed some other men,’ he said. ‘I ran towards the scene because I noticed this man with this kind of explosive looking belt on his chest, they were running.
‘A police officer was trying to put himself between them and the crowd. After that they were almost coming towards me and I tried to run away. Then they were going towards the main street. At that point, I ran towards them.
‘More police came over, I guess they were on radio or something because in around like two or five seconds they shot all the three men down. That is what I honestly saw.’
The identities of the attackers, described as being ‘of Mediterranean origin,’ are still being sought by police.
Five people were reportedly arrested in an early morning raid on a block of flats in Barking, east London, on Sunday during the investigation into what is the third terror attack on British soil in the last three months.
Speaking today, British Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the London Bridge atrocity was not directly connected to last month’s Manchester bombing or the Westminster attack in April, but that all three are linked by ‘the single evil ideology of Islamist extremism’.
The terror threat level remains at ‘severe’, meaning another attack is ‘highly likely,’ and the area in which the attacks occurred is still locked down.
Armed police rushed to the scene and shot dead all three suspects. This happened within eight minutes of receiving the first emergency call.
Eight minutes. In eight minutes, seven people died, forty-eight were wounded. Terror was allowed to roam free for eight minutes. Imagine the outcome if someone would have been armed.
Would so many have died if one good guy had a gun? If one good guy had been able to fight back?
The mayor told the people of London to not be alarmed. Whether that was referencing the terrorists or the armed police, this man does not know what his people need.
They need to be able to protect themselves.
This is the third terrorist attack in ten weeks. People have been killed in each one.
When will this guy wake up and realize that armed police aren’t enough?