tv Washington Journal Rick Noack Provides Update on London Attacks CSPAN June 4, 2017 7:00am-7:07am EDT
the upcoming british elections. as always, we will take your calls and you can join the conversation on facebook and twitter. host: good morning. for the third time in three months, great mea britain is dealing with an active terrorism. prime mr. theresa may said, "enough is enough." these are some of the scenes described as eight minutes of fear as three attackers struck pedestrians on the london bridge been stabbed randomly in the area known as liberal market -- the borough market. the death toll stands at seven, nearly 50 injured, and the three attackers killed by police. this comes three days before british electors go to the polls. president trump saying it's another reason for a tougher u.s. travel ban. we will begin our first hour
with a very latest on what has been happening in london and get your calls and comments and reaction. 202 is the area code. (202) 748-8001 is the line for republicans. (202) 748-8000 is for democrats. if you are an independent, (202) 748-8002. join us on social media by sending us a tweet at c-span wj or facebook.com/c-span. we will get to your calls and comments in just a moment. first the story from "the washington post" pointing out the witnesses describing the rampage that left a trail of bloody bodies on the bridge in the adjacent borough market. it was a low-tech but high-profile attack. joining us live on the phone is the contributing author of the story today at washington post.com. he is the reporter in london. thanks for being with us on what i know is a busy morning. guest: thanks for having me on your show. host: for those who have not
been following the developments of the last 12 hours, what me through how this unfolded. guest: what we know so far about how this unfolded is that three intokers drove a white van a crowd of people on the south side of london bridge around 10:00 p.m. local time. that is when the pubs here are very busy. people are leaving with lots of people on the pavement. the attackers got out of the vehicle and then started to stab people, making their way to borough market, a popular bar area. of a were initial photos body of one of the attackers shared on social media that showed canisters wrapped around his body. there were fears that those might be explosives. that turned out to be a hoax. police are now investigating the incident of whether there might be other people who have been aware of the planning of that attack.
we do know there has been at least one police raid in connection with the attack. the incident has also put authorities across europe on alert because there have been a number of similar previous incidents in recent months that were very similar to it and showed a similar pattern as well , using easily available tools like a van or a knife to kill as many people as possible. experts saying it's very hard to stop them. host: you write this morning in your piece at washington post.com that it was a low-tech but hope fo high-profile incidet overnight. guest: that is correct. the islamic state has urged its supporters in europe and elsewhere to deploy exactly those techniques, to rely on knives on vehicles to kill people, not to obtain weapons that could draw the attention of the authorities. you also have to remember that
police here in london are better prepared than almost anywhere else in europe. borough market is right next to the tallest holding in western europe. there's a lot of security there, especially on a busy saturday night. that explains why the three attackers were killed after only eight minutes after the incident started. host: the backdrop to all this -- first of all, every on the grande is holding a concert to pay tribute to those killed and attacked in westminster. there is an election thursday in great britain in which voters decide who will become the next prime minister, whether theresa may will retain her position with the conservatives or jeremy corbyn with the labour party. how does this impact what will happen on thursday? the labour party and the conservatives are aware that they should not be perceived as exploding the attack to win over voters.
theresa may said there is too much tolerance of the extremism that the counterterrorism strategy needs to change. traditionally britain has not had a lot of armed police officers and theresa may has said that needs to change. experts say that won't be enough to meet the other changes as well, for instance better prevention programs. host: finally, you are walking the streets of london, talking to british residents, especially in the capital city. is there a renewed sense of fear or his life going on relatively normal even after what happened last night? guest: there is still a police cordon around the area where the attack happened. it is very called here. a lot of tourists have refrained from coming here. what i saw at night as i walked home from the attack, people
were partying and moving on with their lives. he wouldtness said return to the restaurant where he nearly died to finish the meal. a lot of residents here in london do want to show the islamic state and terrorists that they cannot win. , a reporteroack based in london, on the very latest with the terror attacks in london. thank you for being with us. guest: fix for having me on your show. host: we are going to get your calls and comments on the terrorist attacks in london. 202 is the area code. (202) 748-8000 is the line for democrats. (202) 748-8001 is for republicans. (202) 748-8002 is for independents. this program was carried live on the bbc parliament channel. send us a tweet at c-span wj. is