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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is duncan golestani. our top story this hour: new details of the terror attack that killed seven and injured many more here in the heart of london. eight minutes after the terror began, police shot dead the attackers. so who were they and why did they strike? world leaders express support for london. the australian prime minister calls it the cruel, new reality. # so, sally can wait, she knows it's too late...# and in manchester, the scene of the previous uk attack, a tribute concert with some of the world's biggest stars. police in london have been searching four properties in the capital late into the night as part
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of the investigation into saturday's attack which left seven people dead and about 50 others injured. they are trying to establish if the three men who rammed their van into pedestrians before stabbing many others received any help. this report from our home editor mark easton does include some distressing images. sirens wail policeman: clear the area now! and a country cried, "please not again." we're hearing tonight that british armed police have attended an incident at london bridge. we don't know any more than that at this stage... atjust after 10pm last night, three men in a white van drove at speed across london bridge, determined to kill the spirit of the capital. oh, my god. there's a white van that came speeding over, probably about 50mph, it turned into the pavement, hit about three people in front of me. oh, my god. close the door.
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there was people just lying everywhere on the bridge, just people trying to help each other out, people bleeding, there wasjust blood everywhere. having deliberately mown down pedestrians, the three men got out of the van, knives in their hands, murder on their minds. they ran up and started stabbing this girl, three of them, i was defenceless, i couldn't do nothing, mate. they attacked her, and then they stabbed another guy, i think, if i remember right — i was a bit shocked. they started running up the road, i started going, "everybody run, they're terrorists, they're terrorists — run, run. they're stabbing everyone." sirens wail armed police were on the scene within minutes as the three men moved towards the bars and restaurants of borough market, packed with people on a warm summer's night. they were running in all the pubs, all the bars, and they were stabbing everyone. i was going to people, "run, run!"
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i were throwing bottles at them, pint glasses... these four friends were settling down for a meal in a mexican restaurant when the three knifemen arrived. three men come in, one pulled out a knife and stabbed one of the girls sitting closest to the door, i think she was only 17. i kinda got a glimpse of the guy with a knife, and then before i knew it the doors were shut and we were at the back of the restaurant. so you saw him? briefly, a glimpse. in the early hours of this morning, claudia and liam, given refuge in a stranger's flat, told me what they saw from their apartment, just above a pub the attackers had targeted on their killing spree. one young guy seemed to come out of the pub, and he was knocking on the window of the ambulance, saying, "you have to help my friend, he's been stabbed, he is in the pub..." whether he got stabbed in the pub or outside the pub, i don't know, but he said, "my friend's been stabbed, he's in the pub." there was another guy, who was probably in his 405, standing on the other side of the ambulance, knocking on the other window, saying, "i've been stabbed," and he was covered in blood, he said, "i've been stabbed five
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times, you have to help me." at this time, police cars were still heading up to london bridge, apparently unaware of where the attackers were. this one police 4x4 screeched down stoney street, and then easily within five seconds, there were six gunshots, or what to us sounded like six clear gunshots. gunfire six rounds, two attackers dead. then witnesses suggest another volley of bullets as the third attacker was shot and killed, all within eight minutes of the first call to police. it was an attack notjust on individuals but on our way of life. the killers targeted people having fun, enjoying the freedoms of a diverse and liberal city. with daybreak, tales of bravery and heroism emerged from the horrors of the previous night. the prime minister addressed the nation from downing street, also paying tribute to the work of the security services. on behalf of the people of london and on behlaf of the whole country, i want to thank and pay tribute
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to the professionalism and bravery of the police and the emergency services, and to the courage of members of the public who defended themselves and others from the attackers. and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, and with their friends, families and loved ones. but mrs may was notjust reflecting a nation's shock — she promised the outrage would be met by a response. it is time to say, enough is enough. everybody needs to go about their lives as they normally would. our society should continue to function in accordance with our values. but when it comes to taking on extremism and terrorism, things need to change. london is still trying to come to terms with the awful events, to understand what happened. london bridge is falling down the song goes, but london appears determined to stand up to those who would divide it.
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mark easton, bbc news, london bridge. police in london say they've identified the three men who carried out the attack. and raids on a number of homes in east london have led to 12 arrests, 11 remain in custody. one property is believed to be the home of one of the attackers. our special correspondent ed thomas has the latest on the extensive police investigation. tonight, the focus of the police investigation, a block of flats in barking. here women were escorted from the building. this video clip was taken by those living inside. armed police surround men lying on the floor, their hands behind their backs. so far 12 people have been arrested. the bbc also understands one of the london attackers who died lived here. we're not naming him at the request of the police, but we've spoken to this man
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who said he knew him. he says over the past two years the attacker became more and more extreme. we spoke about a particular attack that happened. like most radicals, he had a justification for everything. for everything and anything. and that day i realised that i need to contact the authorities. he'd only speak to the bbc‘s asian network as long as we protected his identity and changed his voice. he used to listen to a lot of musa jibril. i've heard this stuff, and it's very radical. i'm surprised some of this stuff is still on youtube and easily accessible. i phoned the anti—terrorist hotline. i spoke to the gentleman, i told him about our conversation and why i think he's been radicalised. we've put these allegations to the police. the friend believes the attacker wasn't arrested even after he was reported. i did my bit, i know a lot of people did, but the authorities didn't do their bit. is that him? yes, yes, that was the guy. this couple say they also reported the same man to police more than two years ago after he tried to befriend their children.
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what did you think he was doing? radicalising the kids, the message was clear. if you aren't muslim and you don't follow the religion of muslim you're basically going to hell. he said the kids needed to be saved. "saved from what?" "from this world." we still don't know if any chances to stop these men were missed. for now the focus is on a search for evidence and answers. this is now the heart of the investigation, it started with anti—terror raids just hours after the attack and now forensic teams are focused on this ground floor flat at the side of the block. this was east ham this evening, a man scrambles across a rooftop as armed officers train their guns at the windows. this investigation is still far from over. ed thomas, bbc news, barking in east london. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford has the latest on the investigation
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from new scotland yard. they quickly identified the three main suspects, the three men they had already shot dead, which quickly allowed them to get to barking to raid the two addresses in north—east london and arrest 12 people, seven women and five men, although one of those men has since been released. whether or not that group will be charged, i'm not sure. they were essentially known associates and family members the police got to quickly and obviously wanted to question quickly. that may not ultimately lead to charges. i think we also learned an awful lot about the new reality of police and counter—terrorism last night. it took eight armed officers firing 50 rounds to try to prevent any further loss of life. it was an unprecedented use of force in this country. but that use of aggresive force has its risks. a member of the public being shot and injured, though thankfully not seriously so. three times this year,
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one of the three key questions is going to be whether this was a group of men who plotted alone or whether they had a wider group of people assisting them in the uk, or whether indeed they will have been guided from overseas. at this stage police are not yet sure about the answers to those questions. there is a very important other aspect to the policing in the days and weeks ahead, that's going to be reassurance. after three attacks in three months, there is a concern among the police, security services and government that frankly members of the public are going to start to panic, start to worry whether or not the police and the security services are in control of this issue and they'll be wanting to reassure the public they're doing everything they can to prevent further loss of life and to reduce further loss of life. world leaders have expressed their support and sympathy for the people of the uk and their outrage at what's happened.
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germany, france and russia sent messages of condolence, so too did president trump, but he combined his with criticism of the mayor of london, sadiq khan. our diplomatic correspondent james landale reports now on the global reaction. this evening in berlin a demonstration of solidarity with london on a gate which these days at least is a symbol of european unity and peace. over in brussels, the flags once again stood at half—mast as leaders around the world expressed their now familiar litany of shock and sympathy. we send our heartfelt sympathy and love to the victims and their families. this attack is yet another cruel example of the new reality in which we live. other leaders used social media to express their horror and solidarity. president putin of russia spoke of the cruelty and cynicism of the attack. chancellor merkel said
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in the fight against terrorism, germany is resolutely at britain's side. in rome, the pope led prayers for peace that were echoed by other christian leaders. translation: may the spirit give peace to the entire world, heal the plagues of war and of terrorism that even tonight in london hit innocence of billions. it is right that when there is greatly all we feel anger that innocent civilians. but their anger must be turned on its head into a commitment to justice and not against any group of people, especially members of the islamic community. in new york, the authorities increased security across the city, particularly in areas full of pedestrians and tourists, like here in times square. donald trump called theresa may to offer his condolences,
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but on twitter the president used the incident to renew this demand for a travel ban on visitors from six mostly muslim countries and he also appeared to criticise the mayor of london sadiq khan for saying there's no need to be alarmed. in fact mr khan was urging people not to be worried by the increased police presence on london's river and streets, this spokesman said he had more important things to do than respond to mr trump's ill—informed tweet. from paris, which has seen its share of terror attacks, president macron called theresa may to say france was at britain's side and france's prime minister visited a crisis centre monitoring events in london. translation: france and the united kingdom are allies that have been subjected to a common threat, and we will be united in ourjoint response to it. france is holding its own parliamentary elections at the moment and as a result of last night's attack, security has been tightened up here in london at polling stations where french nationals living in the uk are already casting their votes.
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few elections, it seems, can escape the shadow of terrorism. james landale, bbc news, central london. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: we're finding out more about the victims of the attack, many of whom were visitors from abroad. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: police in britain have identified the three men who went on the rampage at london bridge on saturday night, killing seven people and injuring dozens more. raids on a number of homes in east london have led to 12 arrests. one property is believed to be the home of one of the attackers. more information is coming out about the identities of the victims of the attack. among them is australian woman candice hedge, who is in hospital after being stabbed in the neck. our correspondent hywel griffith is in sydney and has more. we understand that candice hedge had
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been living in london for about a year and had been working in bars in the london bridge area. sadly, on saturday, late in the night, she was one who was caught up in the middle of the incident. now, according to her mother, kim del toro, she initially tried to avoid the attackers after they stormed into the building but speaking to the abc here in australia, she explained what happened to her daughter. ijust i just know that she was hiding ijust know that she was hiding at the time and the guy got her and just stabbed her in the next somewhere and that's really all i know. i was really scared, yeah, really scared. but, yeah, i eventually got onto the hospital and they spoke to me and they said that she had undergone surgery and she had a knife wound in the neck and,
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yeah... incredibly lucky that it didn't affect her voice or anything. she couldn't speak straightaway when she had the surgery but she is fine now, she will be ok and it is the main thing. and the prime minister has been talking about other australians who we re talking about other australians who were caught up in the attack was to mark yeah, in the last hour or so, the prime minister malcolm turnbull has confirmed there are four australian is believed to be involved in the attack which includes candice hedge and also andrew morrison, you may have seen clips of him speaking almost immediately after the attack, the australian man who was holding onto his leg saying he had been stabbed. it is understood he has been well enough to travel, it was meant to be his last night in london and he is now travelling back to australia and heading to darwin in northern australia where he is from. however the latest news is there are two others and the australian government will only say they have very real
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concerns about them, almost deliberately not giving more information. that may be in order to contact theirfamilies information. that may be in order to contact their families they have spoken to some families, we simply do not know about the fate and well—being of those to other australians and also of concern in this region of the world at least one kiwi, when new zealander, who was caught up in the attack was working in london, had been for a few years, and he and his french girlfriend, we understand, were also attacked, both having undergone surgery. attacked, both having undergone surgery. thank you. the first victim to be named is chrissy archibald, a visitor to london from canada. it's believed she died in the arms of her fiance after being hit by the van. we can talk now to peter choate, associate professor of social work at mount royal university in calgary. professor, a terrible shock for you. what can you tell us about her?
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christine was a really excellent student that went through our programme from 2012, graduating in 2015. initially a shy student, she really ca m e 2015. initially a shy student, she really came out in one of her predictions where she worked in a shelter was a homeless individual —— with homeless individuals experiencing substance abuse problems and she felt passionate about that and was successful working with them. her family have spoken quite movingly about the fact that chrissy wanted to do good in the world. was that your experience of teaching her? yes, and i think it's really important for people to understand that the area of social work that she chose to work in is one of the most challenging areas and requires substantial commitment, substantial compassion and she was able to do that really successfully. she would be somebody that we would be quite proud to have called a social work colleague and her loss
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to us is quite significant. i can't imagine, however, the degree of loss that herfamily imagine, however, the degree of loss that her family and fiancee are feeling. ijust wonder that her family and fiancee are feeling. i just wonder how did you hear of this news. well, i heard her name andi hear of this news. well, i heard her name and i thought is that our former student? you know, isuppose it isn't that uncommon in name and then we started to get contact from former students and current students and they said it is one of owls. that is actually how i found out. shortly thereafter, the university president, sadly, announced the news to us. we really do appreciate you speaking to us at this difficult time. then queue, professor. —— thank you. of course just weeks after a suicide bombing in manchester, that was at the concert by the american popstar
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ariana grande. on sunday, she returned to play a huge benefit concert for the victims of the attack. she brought with her some of the biggest names in music. they came to dance, to sing and to remember. she was the artist they most wanted to see and the voice they'd waited to hear. # midnight shadows when finding love is a battle...#. she was joined by children from a manchester school. crowd sing: # you are my everything...#. there were tears and hugs, and then ariana grande revealed that she had met the mother of one of the teenagers who died at the arena. i had the pleasure of meeting olivia's mommy a few days ago, and as soon as i met her, i started crying and i gave her a big hug, and she said that "stop crying, because olivia would not have wanted me to cry," and then
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she told me that olivia would have wanted to hear the hits. many of the injured were determined to be here, defiant despite memories which are still fresh. 14—year—old natalie harrison was filmed, caught up in the panic after the explosion. today, natalie and her mum came to the concert, but it was not an easy decision. it's been a traumatic time and the only thing that i would say is that, for me, it is a bit too soon. because i feel that i'm only just coming to terms with what has happened. so coming back today, how does it feel? it's exciting because i want to see ariana without coming home and being upset. do you think it will help you coming back and having a good experience? yeah, it will probably help me, like, heal and stuff. security was tight and visible and everywhere. there were stories of strength and resilience. we heard the, like, bang.
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and i got hit, like, in my upper left thigh and i had to go to hospital and have an operation on it. i'm really excited, like, yeah, because i really enjoy concerts so it's not going to stop me. artists flew in from all over the globe to take part, many with words of support for the uk. manchester, london! we are here, we are together, and we are one. ijust want to take this moment to honour the people that were lost, or that were taken. we love you so much. to the families, we love you so much. the atmosphere here is a real mix of celebration and commemoration — plenty of tears mixed in with the cheers from this audience. it's hoped that millions of pounds
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have been raised to support the bereaved and injured, and thatjust being at the concert has helped many of the survivors. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. facebook has said it wants to make itself a hostile environment for people who carry out acts of terror. british prime minister theresa may called on technology companies to do more to tackle extremist content. twitter says it was systematically expanding the use of technology to remove such material and last year, had suspended nearly 400,000 accounts. a mountain rescuer and a female climber have died in the austrian alps during an attempt to winch them into a helicopter. a male climber was seriously injured. all three plummeted into a ravine after a rope came loose. their identities haven't been revealed.
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malta's prime minister has declared victory in a snap parliamentary election that he called last month amid corruption allegations against his family and associates. his victory came despite allegations linking his wife to an offshore company in panama which received payments from azerbaijan's ruling family. charges they do to nine. let's get a reminder of our top story this hour, police are searching puppeteers in london as they investigate saturday's terror attack which left seven people dead. stay with bbc world news. it's going to be a wet and windy start to the new week for many of us. the week ahead looks unsettled,
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since bells of rain which could be quite heavy at times. accompanied by some strong and gusty wind and some drier interludes that may turn a little bit warmer towards the end of the week. our first area of rain little bit warmer towards the end of the week. ourfirst area of rain is coming from this developing the week. ourfirst area of rain is coming from this developing cloud here and we have already seen the cloud bringing rain across northern ireland and billing its way into scotla nd ireland and billing its way into scotland is a wet start before things brighten up. a dull stuff and northern ireland. across north—west england, across wales and into the south—west as well. even east, shari bursts of rain especially in the afternoon. some brighter skies and sunshine will trigger heavy and perhaps thundery showers in scotland. northern ireland, a few showers coming, after that dull start, particularly cold though across northern england as the rain sets in, particularly west across the full wet across wales, a brief walk towards the east of england, east anglia and the south—east but we will see shari bursts of rain
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developing especially in the afternoon but the wettest weather the west into wales, north—west of england, could be as much as eight millimetres of rain during monday and monday night, the rain moving slowly northwards and eastwards and at the same time the wind is continuing to strengthen, especially across the south coast and in the south—west. a blustery picture as we head towards the end of the night. on tuesday, temperatures ten or 11 degrees but we start with some wet weather, especially across scotland and eastern england. the main rain is pushing up with that area of low pressure into scotland, eastern scotla nd pressure into scotland, eastern scotland in particular, but we should see the weather front taking most of the rain away from eastern england although it could linger in northern england, the wet weather is going to be across scotland. elsewhere, gusty wind strong to gale force blowing a mixture of sunshine but also some heavy it looks better for most places on wednesday, windy though, still for scotla nd wednesday, windy though, still for scotland and northern ireland, some rain in the north—east but a slice of dry and bright weather for a time
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before we get some more rain just ambling into the south—west. the main career of low pressure clears away and the rain eases in the north—east of scotland but a complicated tangle of weather fronts moving in from the atlantic, bringing in some further spells of rain across england and wales although it may tend to clear away later on thursday to allow a some warmth and sunshine and showers at any and thundery downpours possible across northern ireland and later scotland. this is bbc news, the headlines: police investigating the london terror attack say they know the identity of the three men who killed seven people and injured dozens of others. they said their names would be released "as soon as operationally possible". the attackers drove a van into pedestrians and then stabbed people nearby. a canadian woman who was killed in the london attack has been named by media outlets in canada as christine archibald. her family said in a statement that she had worked in a homeless shelter before moving to europe to be with herfiance. twenty—one people remain
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in a critical condition in hospital. the american pop star ariana grande, whose show in britain was hit by a suicide bomber two weeks ago, has been back on stage again in manchester to play a huge benefit concert for victims of the attack. now on bbc news, time for hardtalk.
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