Armed police arrest 12 at East London tower block in connection with terror attack that killed seven and injured nearly 50 as officers pore over scene at London Bridge and Borough Market for clues
- Twelve people were arrested at a block of flats in Barking, east London, in connection with last night’s attack
- Armed police placed the complex on lock down and several men were pictured handcuffed on the ground
- One of the three terrorists responsible for last night’s attack is believed to have lived in a ground-floor flat
- Police officers and forensic teams have arrived at London Bridge and Borough Market to scour for clues
- Theresa May said at No 10 today that the atrocity was not linked to the Manchester or Westminster attacks
- Seven people were killed and 48 others were injured in the van and kinfe rampage in central London last night
Twelve people have been arrested in connection with the London Bridge terror attack as police stormed an east London tower block in an early morning raid.
Armed police stormed the Elizabeth Fry flats in Barking, where one of the terrorists is believed to have lived in a ground-floor flat.
The complex was placed on lock down before several men were taken outside, where they were made to lie face down on the ground with their hands cuffed behind their backs.
Seven people were killed and 48 others injured when three men went on a van and knife rampage through central London last night. The men, described as being ‘of Mediterranean origin’, mowed down up to 20 revellers as they careered across London Bridge in an ‘S shape’ at 50mph before they began ‘randomly stabbing’ people in nearby Borough Market.
The attackers, who were wearing fake suicide vests, shouted ‘this is for Allah’ as they used 12-inch hunting knives to attack unarmed revellers at busy bars and restaurants in the market, sending dozens of others fleeing for their lives.
Speaking outside No 10 today, Theresa May confirmed the London Bridge atrocity, the third on British soil in as many months, is not directly connected to last month’s Manchester bombing or 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’.
Meanwhile forensic teams arrived at London Bridge and Borough Market to scour the area for clues as they try to identify the attackers.
Forensic officers were seen scouring London Bridge for clues today as security services try to piece together what happened. Meanwhile:
- Witness accounts of the terrifying events started to emerge with revellers describing how they fought off knifemen with chairs and glasses after attackers stormed packed bars and restaurants
- A hero taxi driver revealed how he tried to knock down three men ‘armed with 12in knives’ while another reported seeing victim being stabbed in the face and chest
- Dashcam footage emerged showing the aftermath of the devastation caused by the van on London Bridge, with bystanders seen tending to victims on the side of the road
- Desperate families are begging for information on loved ones feared missing after the attack, including a 16-year-old girl who failed to return home last night
- Kindhearted Londoners offered beds, food and cups of tea to survivors as the city came together in the wake of another attack and #PrayForLondon trended on social media
- Today heavily armed officers raided a flat in Barking, east London, on Sunday morning as police launched a major investigation into the third terror attack on British soil in as many months
- The Prime Minister chaired a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee in Whitehall this morning and insisted in a press conference outside No 10 afterwards: ‘Enough is enough’
- Politicians faced calls to cancel the election next week but Mrs May confirmed it will go ahead as planned
- All parties except for Ukip agreed to suspend national election campaigning today but local efforts will continue
- London Mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the ‘barbaric’ and ‘horrific’ event as ‘deliberate and cowardly’. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the attack was ‘brutal’ and ‘shocking’ in a tweet last night
- President Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticise Sadiq Khan after the London Mayor told residents of his city that there is ‘no reason to be alarmed’ in the wake of the attack
- Ariana Grande, whose young fans were targeted in the attack at Manchester Arena, confirmed the benefit concert to benefit victims will go ahead tonight as planned with her manager urging people to stand together
A neighbour told Mail Online that he knew the man who lived at the address police are thought to have targeted.
He said: ‘I used to play table tennis with him in the lobby of the apartment.
‘I can’t believe it. He approached me yesterday and asked me where I hired a van recently. He said he needed one as he was going to move house.
‘He was acting strange yesterday. He was being nicer than normal.
‘He would always chat and was very friendly. Last week he invited me to a barbecue. He was always a very sociable person. It is such a shock.
‘I knew he lectured people on the Koran and there were always people dressed in robes coming in and out of his apartment. He was always nice, but yesterday he was an entirely different level of niceness.
TWELVE REMAIN IN CUSTODY OVER MANCHESTER ATTACK
Greater Manchester Police arrested 18 people following the attack on the Ariana Grande concert which claimed the lives of 22 people last month.
Five men and one woman have been released with out charge.
According to a police spokesman, 12 men remain in custody.
‘He spoke with a British accent.’
Another neighbour, Said Mohammad, 52, recalled the suspect as a ‘nice guy’ who brought round a curry in return for a favour ‘I jump-started his car last year and I told him to forget about giving me money,’ he told MailOnline. ‘The next day he turned up with a lovely chicken biryani that we all enjoyed.’
Another neighbour named Jamal said the man who lived there was a father-of-one whose wife was pregnant, and aged in his twenties.
He told Mail Online: ‘He was always with children, they loved him. He had a good connection with children.
‘I always saw him with his child playing in the park. He played with other children too.’
Another neighbour added: ‘I often saw him playing table tennis with the guys in the lobby. You could tell from his accent he was either born here or grew up here but he told me he was from Pakistan.’
Speaking about the raid, Tara Milan, 24, told The Telegraph: ‘I saw them bringing them out of the flat opposite, around 7am.
‘One man tried to flee and they shot him outside my house. They out him in an ambulance and then the others in a police van.’
Nizaur Rahman, 33, lives opposite the block of flats where the raid took place.
She said: ‘I was woken by the sound of a loud bang like a gunshot or explosion before 7am. I looked out of the window and saw nine CID vans and then ambulances.’
Ali Nabi, 35, lives in the apartment above the raid in Elizabeth Fry flats, Barking.
‘I have lived here three years but never seen them before,’ he said.
‘I heard the police shouting ‘get down, get down’, I looked out of my window and they were laid on the floor. All Asian men in black religious robes. A woman was with them but later released.
‘One was in his 50s, another had a white beard, the third was in his 30s and the fourth was younger. They were all laid down with their hands cuffed behind their backs. I think it was someone on the ground floor but I’ve never seen them.’