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london. new witness video into cnn shows the panic and confusion as police responded to calls of a van mowing down pedestrians on the iconic london bridge. authorities have just towed the van from the scene. three men drove past the borough market, abandoned the vehicle and went on a stabbing spree. seven people dead, 48 injured. those three attackers were quickly shot and killed by the police. 12 others have been arrested. it is the second terror attack in the uk in just 12 days, although there are no initial indication this is an are connected, british prime minister theresa may says that were carried out because of evil ideology of islamic extremism. brits are vowing to stay strong. a benefit concert for the victims is under way, already
raising hundreds of thousands of dollars. we have a team of reporters covering all of this story. alex joins me. alex, tell us what the latest is on the investigation. >> the police today have provided a fuller picture how this attack went down, completing the timeline. we know it started just before 10:00 p.m. at 9:58 at night and it was only 10 minutes later the police responded and when they did they were in the borough market where the attackers were carrying out this stabbing spree. police were able to take down the attackers in a hail of gunfire. remember, most police officers in this country don't have firearms. this is incredibly rare. the police fired some 50 bullets at the attackers the assistant commissioner of police called unprecedented. the reason they fired so many
because they were afraid they would be suicide vests on them and turned out to be fake suicide vests. in that crossfire, one person was hurt. we understand the amount of wounded is 26 in the hospital and the death toll now stands at seven and could go up. >> do we know anything about who the attackers are, what motivated them? >> police say they're making significant problems in terms of identifying the attackers. we're not learning too much more who they are. they are confident they're the only ones who carried out this attack and why they haven't elevated the terror alert level. meanwhile, the police are carrying out raids in the eastern part of london. they have not indicated so far how they're connected to those three attackers. >> still a fluid situation. thank you so much. let's talk more about today's searches, raised and arrests across london. i'm joined by cnn international
contemporary, melissa bell. who was arrested and tell us what you can. what are you hearing? >> several arrests were made early this morning in this tower block on the eastern outsecurities of london, just outside. what we're hearing, ware hearing from locals and they kept this building cordoned off ever since 7:00 a.m. local time and they're remaining extremely tight-lipped. what we are hearing is several groups of people are being seen taken away and a group of men and also a group of women they say were arrested, too, as for the identity of the man who lived here, they say they recognize from those photographs which have been circulating several hours from london bridge of the dead attackers, they say they recognized one. they said they recognized him as their neighbor. there was nothing that led them to believe in the past this was
a man that would carry out the horror of last night. here's what one man had to say about a man he said was his neighbor. >> i haven't seen him the day before but not today or yesterday, like i said before, a regular happy guy when i would see him, have a quick chat. he's someone i was okay with him. no issues. as was everyone else around the area. i don't have a single bad word to say about him. i don't have anything to report. there was nothing bad that ever happened. >> reporter: one other neighbor, a woman, did tell us a while ago she recognized the man as her
neighbor and she had had a run-in with him and reported him to the local police a couple years ago because she spotted him in the local playground giving treats to the children and telling them about islam and telling them the benefits of being a muslim and she went up and confronted him and reported him to the police and very little transpired and nothing reported about whether the man had been officially confronted by the police about his behavior. we're dealing with a situation everyone here says they recognized from those very grainy pictures that the man lived here. there is no official confirmation and no confirmation of any of those attackers by police. >> all right, melissa bell at the scene of one of those raised. martin, back to you. >> thanks. here in this country, president trump has sparked a backlash in the united kingdom after criticizing these remarks from sadiq khan, the london mayor. >> london will see increased
presence today and the course of the next few days. no reason to be alarmed. one of the things the police and all of us need to do is make sure we're as safe as we can be. i am reassured we are one of the safest global cities in the world if not the safest city in the world. we always evolve and review to make sure we're as safe as we possibly can. >> athena joan is at the white house including new comments from the acting u.s. ambassador. >> reporter: the reaction we saw from president trump is not the kind of reaction we are used to seeing from an american president responding to such a tragedy. president trump taking to twitter to pick a fight with the mayor of london tweeting early this morning, at least seven dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and mayor of london say this is no reason to be alarmed exclamation point. you just played the clip from the mayor and he was talking about the increased presence on
the streets of london and that shouldn't be alarming. the president was clearly misconstruing that and mayor khan's spokesperson accused president trump of taking the words out of context. he said the mayor is busy working with the police and emergency services and the government to coordinate the response to this horrific and cowardly terror attack. he has more important things to do than respond to donald trump's ill informed tweet. that tweet sparking a lot of criticism from politics and two major party is in the uk, a labor politician saying the tweet was cheap, nasty and unbecoming of a national leader. perhaps in response to that criticism we have this new tweet you mentioned from the u.s. embassy in london, the acting ambassador saying i commend the strong leadership of the mayor of london as he leads the city
forward after this heinous attack. so that tweet clearly aimedality showing more support. less criticism to the city of london, the major of london. i should mention last night among the tweets the president posted in the hours after the attack was a tweet offering support that the u.s. would do whatever it can to help out the folks in the uk, saying we are with you, god bless, that tweet this morning criticizing mayor khan getting a lot of negative reaction in the uk. >> that is putting it mildly. thank you for that. the city of manchester, north of london, steel reeling from its own terror attack less than two weeks ago. we will take you live to the benefit concert now under way honoring those victims.
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brutal take in london's borough market just behind me are telling chig stories of terror and survival. telling chilling stories of terror and survival. one man returned to pay his bill as he fled as the attacks unfolded. he had quite a message for his fellow residents. take a listen. >> not only have they provided a wonderful meal i recommend to anyone who comes to london should come to the brilliant restaurant i was at last night. when the staff had to worry about their own life they turned and faced -- >> reporter: tell us what happened. >> we were at a restaurant with some friends of mine. we were sitting at the door. suddenly, it became apparent the security for borough market was saying lock the door and duck and hide. we knew there was an incident happening. this guy wedged his foot in the door and kept it closed while they locked it.
people panicked, turning tables, food going everywhere, chairs, trying to get refuge from what was about to happen and fearing the worse about to unfoechld in front of people. i then saw a guy opposite throw a table at someone. it's unclear what that meant. it turned out this heroic guy saw what these guys were doing and threw glasses and tables at them to try to stop them from hurting this poor young women they were stabbing. he was remarkable, one of the heroes of the day. then, i looked out, there was a guy leaving the restaurant just next to where we were. he was covered in blood, holding his chest or neck in some way and he was clearly injured. i really hope he got the paramedic help the clearly and desperately need. i haven't heard about his story but hope he's okay today. then, we also tried to get to safety, upstairs, tried to keep them from going out to the fire
escape and to unknown danger. there was a pregnant lady, we needed to get her a stool, a glass of water and calm space to come in and then about 25, 30 minutes, the police swept through, brilliantly, professionally in eight minutes it turned out, we heard one lot of gunfire again and again and then heard a second lot. it felt like an age between those two lots of gunfire. apparently it was just eight minutes and they did their job absolutely remarkably. then, after some time, the restaurant opposite where we were were evacuated and people were able to leave. we were next and they asked us to get ready. the pregnant lady we got her to the front so she could get out first. we wanted her to be safety first. then there were people's shoes they had taken off, clothes, blood, victims, food, debris of all kinds around.
three things struck me about the emergency services, they did their job brilliant lay and secondly our eyes and ears and as we were wandering through they had our backs. and i had not thought this before if i knew it. they run at the danger and turn their back to the danger to treat who ever is in front of them and try to put together the life in front of them while we're running for our lives. how brave and marvelous they are really struck with me. i might not ever meet the people whose decisions potentially saved the lives of me and other people and we are proud of them and their family who must sit home everyday worrying whether they come home. we are so thankful for them and what they do. >> reporter: i don't think there will be a dry eye in the house as you are telling your story. you are absolutely right, you are talking about the men and women that run towards the danger, some standing behind us
today. we are just yards away what you just described to me which only happened about 20 hours ago. when you look up the road and consider where you are, what do you think now. snow i'm more scared now than i was then in a bizarre way, more clear these people cannot should not will not win. we can't have a situation where they seek to divide our city. our brilliant mayor spoke about what unites our city and brings us together. we have to carry on living with each other being in the melting pot that is london. i will go back to that restaurant and hope other people do, too. because if us drinking gin and ontoics and flirting with hand assume men and being friends with brilliant and powerful women offenders these people so much they do those barbaric vial cowardly acts, i will go back and do it more, not less. >> reporter: good boy. >> that's what london will do.
manchester in the last few weeks and it's london's turn and we're up for the fight. >> reporter: an incredibly powerful positive message there. 12 people are now under arrest as the investigation continues. i want to bring in a former chief sowuperintendent of the metropolitan police and one of the highest ranking muslims on the force. we know there have been a dozen arrests so far. from your experience, what do you think will be happening in the investigation right now? >> it's a fast moving investigation. what they want to do is get as much intelligence as they possibly can. you will see being arrested who are associates. the van hired and they will link the individuals using that evan bayh credit cards or maybe cctv. they will seize mobile phones. they will be looking at
interconnecting calls. they will be looking at internet changes or correspondence individuals have had. there will be a huge amount of intelligence gathering at this stage. >> i guess the question becomes, what more can be done to protect soft targets like bar and market, like these pubs and restaurants, where people go out regularly in the evenings? is there anything that can be done to improve protection? >> i think the key thing is that we need to make sure community come forward. the community have confidence in the police service and authorities, they'll come forward if they have any concerns about individualized they believe have been radicalized and cause harm. london is incredibly diverse, muslim and different background, for large part, 99.9% of london, everybody lives very happily and
no problem regardless of individual sexuality, gender, faith, everybody lives cheek by jowl and they're very happy. i think the individuals that have tried to cause harm to our community have been dealt with and the police acted phonily eight minutes from getting the call and killing these terrorists. if they hadn't they wouldn't have stopped them. in this city we don't have a wide use of guns and those individuals were perpetrating the violence by individual members walking across london bridge. then, they used knives. if they had guns it would have been a much worse situation than it was. as it is we lost tragically, seven lives. some individuals in hospital including police officers, some police officers off-duty tackling these individualized. in answer to your question, what can we do? i think it's about community
confidence and making sure we are using the community -- asking the community help and giving the community confidence their information will be dealt with quickly and appropriately. >> reporter: just briefly, let me ask you, did you think it was fair when prime minister theresa may said britain has been too tolerant of terrorism and there needs to be a review of counter-terrorism procedures? >> i think she's right we need to review counter-terrorism. in britain we have something called prevent. the muslim community and other individuals like the independent review, terrorism legislation, teachers, people in all walks of life have got concerns because there isn't a trust of this program. it is absolutely essential a strategy has the approval of the community. if the government reviews that, i think it's a good thing.
the other thing the prime minister said very important, holding to account the internet companies and giant social media companies who make billions of profit, who allow and give a platform advertently or inadvertently a platform. there is a very very small area they're trying to protect in the middle east, but what they are doing is sending out their hate via the internet. we need to spend more resources and particularly the internet companies need to be held to account to make sure if there is any extremism on there, anything that shows people's lives will be threatened they contact the authorities immediately and we do what we can to arrest these individuals or stop them using hate-filled language. >> all right. thank you so much for joining us. we will have much more from the scene here in london. that's next. stay with us.
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at least 12 people have been arrested following yesterday's deadly terror attacks in london, joining me now is cnn international diplomatic editor, nic robertson, what are you hearing? what is the latest on the police investigation? >> reporter: clarissa, the latest update from the police, they're making significant progress, the investigation is continuing a pace they know the
identity of the three attackers. those 12 arrests of the property searchers have come in the east of london. they've not given an indication who the 12 people are they've arrested. if we compare this to the recent attacks, it is where they're stay original living with close friends in the recent weeks and months. there's no indication that isn't the case this time but the police are not confirming that at the moment. the police say they're making good progress and there is a lot more to do, it is fast paced and moving and this investigation is all about ascertaining the facts they have and the white ren novan was one of the attackers that entered london bridge last night and the police entering and killing the attackers within eight minutes of the police getting the call.
it does seem there is a probability the attackers from east london. police are not saying that but that does seem to be the early interference at least from the first public steps we can see the police are taking to chase this all down. clarissa. >> nic, how are people responding to the british prime minister theresa may's comments earlier, britain has been too tolerant too long and there needs to be a review of its counter-terrorism policies? >> there have been a number of comments. i think where everyone seems to coalesce and agree, i was speaking with a leader of a muss him community before who pushed back on the fact that some muslim communities are too soft on terrorism and too supportive way in, he pushed back by saying, look, the muslim community here has been long speaking out against terrorism and long trying to get something
done about it. it's not the right solution to blame the muslim communities and blame the imads and blame the mosque because he says the place people are being recruited and radicalized now is in fact online. that coalesces what we heard the prime minister say, they have to be denied the space today on the internet. this is a new threat, a different threat, we must -- the governments around the world must work with internet providers around the world, with social media platforms around the world, to find ways to deny this radical -- this platform as a potential radicalization. that's where i think there is widespread support. i've heard former police officers and counter-terrorism officials saying the same thing, clarissa. >> nic robertson, thank you. just moments ago, an emotional ariana grande addressed the crowds at the one love tribute concert in
manchester telling them, quote, i love you and i think the kind of love and unity you are displaying this is kind of medicine the world needs right now. international contemporary, phil black is there. those scenes are epic. the crowds are enormous. give us a sense of the mood there. >> it is extraordinary, clarice a, it really is. this crowd has been so loud and so warm and just so happy to be here. we will move the camera now and give you a sense of what we are seeing. as we speak, coldplay, the british band, is on the stage. belting out their classic hit, "i love you." and arianne da grande the hostess of this event singing what has become manchester's
after mood the last two weeks or so, the old song, "don't look back in anger." we've heard people singing it in manchester for weeks now. a short time ago we heard this hallowed crowd of 50,000 people singing it together as one. really, so much emotion here, so much positivity and joy, it is almost difficult to realize this is about something terrible that happened here, this community dealing with terrorism the past two weeks and many of the people in this crowd were part of that concert, among the fans targeted at ariana grande's concert in the manchester arena just two weeks ago. >> just an incredible inspiring scene, phil black, thanks so much. much more breaking news out of london, right after this. ♪
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>> in the u.s. several governors have already reacted to last night's terrorist attack on london bridge, many sending condolences. in new york, governor cuomo says he's stepping up security around airports, bridges and tunnels as a precaution. i'm joined by kristen holmes, what are the reactions of the attack is across the country. >> reporter: we see heightened concerns of security. here at home the department of homeland security quickly issuing a statement last night, saying there was no information of a specific or credible threat of the united states across the country. we have heard u.s. officials and police departments echoing that sentiment. cities like new york, boston, los angeles, are urging
residents to remain vigilant as always and not be alarmed if they see an increase in police presence. let's listen to new york mayor bill de blasio. >> new yorkers will see a stronger police presence around the city including our counter-terror forces. >> reporter: and a reaction from florida governor rick scott, tweeting terror from london, it continues to hurt london and it must stop. knowing first hand how something like that can impact a community, it has been almost exactly one year since florida, specifically orlando, the second most deadly attack on u.s. soil since 9/11. >> kristen holmes, thank you very much for that. >> president trump has always been taking to twitter to offer condolences and also express outrage and take a jab at the
mayor of london in the wake of the attacks tweeting whatever the united states can do to help out in london and the uk we will be there. we are with you, god bless. but his tone changed a bit this morning after mayor khan urged his citizens not be alarmed by increase on city streets. the president tweeting as a response as least seven dead, 48 wounded in terror attack and mayor of london says there is no reason to be alarmed. >> with us, thank you both for being with me this afternoon. >> hey, martin. >> brian, let me ask you this. would the president, it would seem, taking a tragedy of terror and trying to use it to a political advantage. how is that in any way acceptable for the leader of the
free world. >> a political advantage towards with the end of preventing terrorism. his response was a little closer to theresa may's whose reaction was to say we've tolerateds the extremesism long enough. we're going to take strong extremism measures and root out this poison that has affected the british twice in the last few weeks and the united states knows it well having experienced 9/11 and -- >> if he had said enough is enough that would have been a powerful statement. that is not what he said he immediately went into an issue in they courts and the second tweet seemed to be the one he should have sent first. >> i'm sorry. i don't think i understand your question, the second tweet about no roploans to be alarmed? -- no reason to be alarmed? the sympathy is this is
unacceptable behavior, we will do whatever to stop it and we will be tough and stand up to any sort of extremesism. that seems consistent with that. president trump's plainspoken nature tends to rub some people the wrong way. i think the message there is common sense we will stand up to these extremists and make sure they can't bring harm to us again. >> ellis, i didn't get the outrage being explained to me. what did you get? >> it sounded to me like a buffoon in church heckling the priest in the middle of a homily. it's completely unacceptable to harass the mayor of london while he's out trying to take care of this thing and urge his own citizens not to give in to their natural fears at a time like this. every single other leader. even rick scott in florida not always the smoothest character. understands what you do at a
time like this, you express sympathy and resolve not to be cowed by these evil people and you leave your political debates for another day. also, to bring up gun control, did you notice that? i didn't notice any gun issue here because these guys used knives. it is sadly another example of the president missing not only the substance but the tone at an important time. >> brian, why is there no official release from the white house? why are the official words just coming in 140 characters? >> who needs an official release when the president himself can speak to the american people and people around the world at a moment's notice. he can just fire it off himself. ellis, liberals frequently don't want to let tragedies go to waste. the president has an agenda for security measures and fight back against terrorism and he want to make sure people are vigilant
and express sympathy and also we will be tough in the face of adversity and stand up for open societies and western values and we won't cow in fear. to the mayor of london, he said, of course, people shouldn't be alarmed at the increased security presence, but why is there an increased security presence? because the brits of experienced two terror attack is in the last couple of weeks. >> that's not what the president said. the president said, and he was taking -- apparently either he misconstrued what the mayor of london said or purposely mispresented it by implying that people should not be alarmed. >> but martin, that is reductionist, because he was saying, don't be alarmed by the increased police presence. i agree, why is there increased police presence? because there was a terrorist attack just a couple weeks after another one. >> hold on a second. there's a reason why this is especially off kilter here. donald trump is someone who
lived through 9/11 in new york. he understands at a time like this it is very important for leaders to exert calm and control. what i remember from 9/11 incidentally on trump, the way he reacted to that was just as crazy to remembering a partying muslims, a whole series of things that were cooked up in some kind of political fantasy somewhere that were exactly the wrong signals. i do think maybe we're getting shadows of that again. >> rudy guiliani is a man considered to be a hero of that time. >> he did fine at that. >> and showed leadership. the question is here, it looks like you're showing politics. that's the point i'm getting to, brian. >> timing matters, too. it's fine to have that debate three or four days later when we're talking about policy prescriptions. the first thing out of your fingers to be heckling the local
mayor and frankly truly taking out of context what he said, he didn't say we should not be alarmed at the terror attack. hey, folks, if you see a lot of armed police officers around, don't let that scare you into cowering on your couch, get out and be tough londoners. >> why are they there? because we had these terror attacks twice in the last couple of weeks in britain. the president is trying to project strength instead of the knee-jerk reaction of many, let's brace for the back hash against people who are not actually associated with it but maybe peaceful muslim people. that's worthwhile as well. but the toughness theresa may has projected and president trump has projected is what a lot of americans appreciate and plainspoken nature. >> you are right, it did sound like theresa may had more trump in the way she expressed her feelings today. let me bring this up, the acting
ambassador to the united kingdom seems to be at odds with president trump's view. he put out in his own tweet, the ambassador -- here's what he said, strong leadership of sadiq khan is noteworthy and given -- i guess this is not an exact quote. i commend the strong leadership of the mayor of london as he leads the city forward after this heinous attack. that seems like the statement that should have come from the president of the united states and not an acting ambassador. >> that's fine, martin. this isn't new territory. we had about 50 dress rehearsals for this. you can't say, hey, we didn't know how to respond in a difficult situation. these things at this point, sadly they follow a template what strong and balanced leaders do. i have to tell you, i thought this one seemed ham handed to people around the world. >> i have to get brian in. is this just the way our
president is? >> well, to an extent, yes. he was elected for a reason. people don't want the same rehearsed remarks and thoughts and prayers. people are tired of that. they want action. i think the president is trying to convey the urgency he feels and that other americans and others in britain as well feel, they're tired of this status quo, they're not willing to accept the regularity of terror attacks and want their leaders to take strong actions in a strong stance. i understand some people are rubbed the wrong way by that. it's just a different attitude, he's trying to change the status quo. >> brian morgenstern and ellis henington, thank you both for joining me today. >> good seeing you. >> we'll be right back. was t... ...that knew when color didn't go on evenly, so it could find balance and achieve its richest state. if a paint could realize the full potential of any color... ...is it still paint? aura interior from benjamin moore®.
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we're still following developments from last night's terror attack here in london. one of the places here was this borough market where people were stabbed by the attackers. we have liam, you were in one of these bars where they began stabbing people. tell me everything you saw. >> we started to get advocated by bar staff and then we were told it was actually safer for us to stay inside. we were downstairs in like a basement area. it wasn't until we heard the police saying, get down, get down, get down, we hit the floor and were told there was an incident and when ever we see armed police, we were to fall to the floor. >> reporter: were you petrified
at that point? >> yeah. it was kind of like surreal. at first we didn't know what happened. i was told there was a shooting and stabbing and i said, no, this is fine. it will be a solo incident and turned into this big thing. it wasn't until the armed police left and we were allowed to sit down. i was filming the whole thing. one of my friends said, i think this person behind you came from outside. i turned around. it was a man and looked like he was -- when we went over to speak to him, he was saying i've been stabbed, i've been stabbed. >> reporter: he had been stabbed? >> he was telling us he had been stabbed. my friend was like, trying to calm him down and i held this bandage against his throat, he wasn't profusely bleeding but there was blood.
we said to it the police that he need ambulance. they said the roads were blocked and they would do it in a minute and find a paramedic and hopefully he is okay. >> reporter: what were you thinking? this is a tryst attack, we're not safe? are you focused on the mission at hand? >> i was filming and tweeting everything that was happening. the official thing was on the floor, like texting family and friends, just like what was happening, saying we were safe but everyone was sort of sending love back home. then there was a point the police said, don't worry, guys, you're all safe and everyone started cheering and clapping and then we had to hit the floor and we were evacuated and the police were wonderful. that was the first time i had gone to the bridge for drinks and stuff.
but we were just running and didn't know where we were running to and were thanking the police. >> reporter: what was your reaction when you found out seven people lost their lives? >> it's crazy, we got home about 4:00 a.m. -- no, not 4:00 a.m., half 1:00. when you think a terror attack, it's strange to think. you don't think that would happen. >> reporter: we are very very glad you were safe and thank you for your story and your bravery is inspiring. thank you so much for joining. thank you for joining our braking news coverage here. i'm clarissa ward in london. >> i'm martin savage. cnn special coverage continues right after a quick break. (dog) mmm. this new
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the safest energy company in the nation. you're in the cnn "newsroom," thanks for being with us on this sunday. i'm ana cabrera in new york. >> i'm in london, i'm clarissa ward. >> london is a city still in shock right now, just 24 hours since a horrific terror attack. seven people dead, and many in the hospital and most in critical condition. >> a large part of london including the famous london bridge is a crime scene right now, roped off to the public, while police look for any evidence that will help them put together what happened and help them learn who else might be responsible. the three man