Rabat - As the dust begins to settle on the horrific events at London Bridge Saturday, officials have released the final Butcher’s Bill.
Rabat – As the dust begins to settle on the horrific events at London Bridge Saturday, officials have released the final Butcher’s Bill.
Seven people are dead and 48 injured, 21 of whom sustained serious injuries after individuals in a white van crashed through a throng of people near London Bridge on Saturday. After mowing down scores of people, three individuals wearing fake suicide vests exited the vehicle and began randomly stabbing the people they had just run down.
Eight minutes later, it was all over.
The damage, however, will take months to recover from. An eyewitness named Eric talked of the carnage to BBC News, describing “how the injured pedestrians were attacked as they laid on the pavement, “[Then] they literally just started kicking them, punching them. They took out knives… it was a rampage really.”
Another eyewitness, Gerard, saw a woman being stabbed “10 to 15 times” by an attacker who shouted “This is for Allah!”
In the end, all three suspects were shot and killed by police. Four officers obtained injuries while intervening including an off-duty officer who tackled one of the suspects and was stabbed trying to subdue him. A British Transport Officer also sustained wounds trying to fend off the attackers with only his baton.
According to the same source, the UK’s terror alert remains at “severe” following yesterday’s attack. Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, explained the reasoning behind not raising it to reporters:
“We’re staying at severe because we think they have got all the main perpetrators.”
For her part, Prime Minister, Theresa May, who paid a private visit to King’s College Hospital in support of the injured, expressed the country’s frustration over the recent deadly spate of terror attacks which have occurred since March. In a public address, she insisted that it’s now “time to say enough is enough.”
She also expressed concern that the Britons had perhaps offered “too much tolerance of extremism in our country.”
After an emergency meeting of the government’s Cobra team, May asserted that “We believe we are experiencing a new trend in the threat we face as terrorism breeds terrorism.”
The Prime Minister concluded by saying, “The country cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are.”