By Associated Press - Monday, June 5, 2017

LONDON (AP) - The latest on the attacks in the London Bridge area (all times local):

4:30 a.m.

Australia’s prime minister says a woman who worked in London as a nanny is one of two Australians for whom the government “have real concerns” after the van and knife attacks on London Bridge and in London’s Borough Market.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters Tuesday that 21-year-old Sara Zelenka has not contacted her family since she was seen fleeing from knife-wielding assailants on London Bridge on Saturday night. Seven people were killed in the attacks and dozens were wounded.

He said Australian officials in London were working diligently with authorities there to try to confirm her circumstances. He said similar efforts were being made regarding a second Australian he didn’t identify.

Two Australians were among the wounded but both are recovering.


10:30 p.m.

British police say all 12 people who were arrested in the early hours after the weekend London Bridge attack have been released without charge.

All were detained Sunday in the Barking district of east London. Police say the area was home to the two attackers who have been publicly identified: 27-year-old Khuram Butt and 30-year-old Rachid Redouane.

That pair and a third attacker whose name has not been released were shot dead by police after they rammed pedestrians with a van on the bridge late Saturday and then stabbed people in the nearby Borough Market. Seven people were killed and dozens wounded.

London’s Metropolitan Police force said Monday that it had freed without charge the seven women and five men aged between 19 and 60 who were arrested at two addresses in Barking.


7:25 p.m.

An Australian newspaper says a 34-year-old Brisbane woman is recovering from the London attacks after being stabbed in the neck.

Candice Hedge’s father tells The Courier Mail that his daughter was hiding under a table at a restaurant when one of the attackers came up behind her and slashed her throat with a knife.

Ross Hedge says the attackers appeared to be leaving the restaurant where his daughter worked, but came back after spotting her.

He says Candice Hedge underwent surgery but suffered no major damage and is expected to recover.

Hedge had moved to London last year.


7 p.m.

A kaleidoscope of London’s diversity turned out for a vigil Monday evening to honor the victims of the London Bridge attack: Buddhist monks in saffron robes, Christian clerics in purple cassocks and Ahmadiyya Muslims in black T-shirts bearing the words “I am a Muslim: Ask me anything.”

Muslim men and women handed out posters bearing the words “Turn to Love” as suited office workers and spandex-clad gym-goers raised their smartphones to take photographs.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan gave a short speech decrying the attackers who had brought carnage to the capital.

“You will not win,” Khan said. “We will defeat the terrorists.”

The loudest and most sustained applause came for police and emergency workers. It was followed by a minute’s silence.


6:15 p.m.

London police say one of the three suspects in the van and knife attack near London Bridge that left seven people dead was known to authorities, but they had no reason to think he was actively planning to do harm.

Police said in a statement on Monday that British police and intelligence agencies were familiar with 27-year-old Khuram Shazad Butt, a British citizen born in Pakistan.

The statement did not provide details on why Butt had come to the attention of law enforcement.

Police in London said a second suspect identified Monday, Rashid Redouane was not known to police.

Investigations are continuing to identify the third attacker.

In Monday’s statement, police also said two of the 12 people arrested since the attack as possible accomplices have been freed.


6:10 p.m.

Police in London have named two of the three suspects in the van and knife attack near London Bridge that left seven people dead.

London police said 27-year-old Khuram Shazad Butt was a British citizen born in Pakistan and Rachid Redouane had claimed both Libyan and Moroccan nationality.

Redouane’s age was not immediately known because he gave two different dates of birth.

Both men were from the Barking neighborhood of east London, where police raids began shortly after the attacks Saturday night.

Police say investigations are continuing into the identity of the third attacker.

The three suspects were shot dead by police officers within minutes after the drove a van into pedestrians on the bridge and then stormed pubs and restaurants stabbing anyone in their path.


5:30 p.m.

The sister of a missing 32-year-old man says he is believed to have died in the attacks on London Bridge and a nearby food market Saturday night.

Melissa McMullan told Sky News on Monday that police said her brother James McMullan’s bank card was found on one of the bodies after the attack, which claimed seven victims.

She says authorities are “unable to formally identify him until the coroner’s report begins tomorrow.”

McMullan says her brother lived in Hackney in east London and was last seen outside a pub just before the van and knife attacks began.

She said: “While our pain will never diminish, it is important for us all to carry on with our lives in direct opposition to those who wish to destroy us.”

London police say they cannot confirm the identities of people caught up in the attack.


1:35 p.m.

The Czech government has approved a plan to reinforce the country’s police forces following a wave of terror attacks in Britain and elsewhere in Europe.

Interior Minister Milan Chovanec says the long-term plan is meant for police to be able to face “new security threats such is terrorism.”

One of the plan’s goals is to increase the number of officers by 10 percent from 40,000 to 44,000.

Prime Minister Boshuslav Sobotka said on Monday the reinforcement should also help boost security at the country’s nuclear plants and improve police capabilities in the fight against cybercrime.


1:10 p.m.

Neighbors of one of the dead suspects in the London Bridge attacks say he was trying to radicalize young people, and that they reported him to police.

Jibril Palomba said he and his wife worried because the man, whom they knew as Abu Mohammed and recognized in photos of the attack, gave their children candy and preached about Islam. Erica Gasparri said she also saw him and two other men proselytizing outside a school.

Another neighbor, Michael Mimbo, said the van later used to ram pedestrians on the bridge was blocking the road at the suspect’s housing complex on Friday. The next day, Mimbo says that same van sped erratically down the street.

Police have not released the names of the three attackers who killed seven people before being shot to death.


1:00 p.m.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Police Commissioner Cressida Dick have toured the site of the London Bridge attack and praised the quick police work that they said prevented further deaths. Dick said Monday the attack was “ghastly” but that Londoners are pulling together and refusing to be cowed by terrorists.

She said providing more firearms for London police would not be a sound solution to the increased tempo of terrorist attacks, saying the strategy of heavily armed, highly mobile specialty teams is effective.

The mayor and the commissioner were briefly heckled by a man who called for more police to be put on the streets


11:45 a.m.

Prime Minister Theresa May says she supports the “shoot to kill” policy used by London police in responding to terror attacks.

May says police saved “countless lives” by killing the three London bridge attackers within eight minutes on Saturday night.

May says police counter-terrorism resources are well-funded despite cuts to police staffing levels. She has been criticized for staff cuts during her tenure as Home Secretary.


11:40 a.m.

Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain must do “more, much more” to fight Islamic extremism. She called it “an evil ideology” that perverts Islam and perverts the truth.

May said Monday Britain will review its counter-terrorism strategy and consider extending prison terms. She said more must be done to combat “bigotry and hatred.”


11:10 a.m.

Prime Minister Theresa May says police have identified all the London Bridge attackers and that 11 people remain in custody for possible connections to the attack.

One person has been released without charge. Police raids are continuing.

May said Monday the police and counter-terrorism operations are adequately funded and staffed and that the official threat level is to remain at “severe,” meaning an attack in highly likely.


9:45 a.m.

Commuters and cyclists were back on the streets of south London Monday morning, elbowing past journalists and camera crews on Southwark Bridge Road’s narrow sidewalks.

A commuter, Martin Howells, said things were calm but not unusually so. Standing near a lamp post smashed in the attack, he said: “It was really not different, it was surprisingly normal.”

Farhad Ahmad and Hazik Rahman, two members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, said they had been out since dawn answering questions from locals and reporters about Islam.

Ahmad, a 25-year-old imam, said he came at 6 o’clock. He said: “We’ve spoken to seven to eight people. We feel that a lot of people do have questions in their minds.”

His companion, Rahman, wore a blue hoodie with the words “Muslims for Humanity.”


9:35 a.m.

Spain’s Interior minister says that a 39 year-old Spaniard is missing after confronting one of the assailants in Saturday’s deadly attack in central London.

Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido says Ignacio Echeverria, a London-based banker, who was last seen in the vicinity of Borough Market. Zoido says friends and relatives say Echeverria had confronted a man who stabbed a woman.

Interviewed by Cadena Ser radio on Monday, Zoido asked relatives of the Spaniard to keep calm because many of the wounded during Saturday’s attack are still being identified.

The Foreign Ministry said Sunday that another man from Spain was being treated in a London hospital for non-critical wounds.


7:30 a.m.

London police have raided raid two addresses and detained “a number” of people suspected of some connection to the Saturday night car attack and knife rampage on London Bridge. Seven people were killed by the three attackers, and 21 remain in critical condition.

Following Monday’s dawn raids, lone local resident tweeted: “It woke me up along with the whole street. Extremely loud bangs followed by gunshot bangs. All ok - very shaken residents nearby though.”


5:00 a.m.

Australia’s prime minister says up to four Australians were victims of the van and knife attacks on London Bridge and in London’s Borough Market.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says two Australians who both were stabbed in the neck are recovering. Candice Hedge is being treated in St. Thomas’ Hospital and Andrew Morrison received stitches and was on his way home to Australia.

He says the government has “very real concerns” about another two Australians. Turnbull would give no details about their circumstances.

He told reporters: “We have been in touch with their families” as Australian authorities try to confirm the status of the two people.

Hedge was working as a waitress and was stabbed as she tried to hide under a table. Morrison was stabbed while leaving a bar where he watched the Champions League soccer final.


4:00 a.m.

The Canadian woman who was among the seven people killed was struck by the van on the London Bridge.

The sister of Christine Archibald’s fiance said in a Facebook message to The Associated Press that the two were on the bridge when Archibald was hit.

Cassie Ferguson Rowe says her brother, Tyler Ferguson, held her and she died in his arms. She was 30.

The Archibald family said earlier in a statement that she worked in a homeless shelter until she moved Europe to be with her fiance.

Her family in Castlegar, British Columbia, says Archibald “would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death.”

They asked those who want to honor her to volunteer their time or donate to a homeless shelter and to tell them “Chrissy sent you”


12:18 a.m.

Australia’s foreign minister says three Australians have been injured in the knife attacks at London Bridge and in London’s Borough Market.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Candice Hedge is recovering in St. Thomas’ Hospital and Andrew Morrison had received stitches for a wound and was on his way home to Australia. Both had been stabbed in the neck. The government is still making inquiries into the third Australian’s condition.

Hedge, a 34-year-old waitress, has been living in Britain for about a year and was working in the Borough Markets area where witnesses say she was stabbed as she tried to hide under a table.

She posted on social media: “Hey everyone, just so you know im doing ok. Bit of pain but I will survive.”

Morrison, an electrician from Darwin, posted on social media that he had been stabbed leaving Belushi’s London Bridge bar after watching the Champions League soccer final.

Morrison said in a video: “All of a sudden this guy comes up with a knife. I just, like, push him off. I walk into a pub and I’m like: ‘Someone help me, I’ve just been stabbed.’ “


10:45 p.m.

The SITE Intelligence Group says Islamic State’s news agency is claiming fighters for the extremist group carried out the van and knife attack in London that left seven people dead.

SITE said in a statement Sunday that the Islamic State’s Aamaq news service cited “a security source” in the Arabic-language posting claiming the attack.

Islamic State has often made such claims not just when it has sent attackers, but when extremists carrying out deadly plots were inspired by the group’s ideology.

It’s the third attack this year that Islamic State has claimed in Britain, after the bombing in Manchester and a similar attack in the heart of London in March.

The three attackers in Saturday’s attack have not been identified.


10:30 p.m.

A Canadian woman who was among the seven people killed in the London van and knife attacks has been identified by her family as Christine Archibald.

The Archibald family said in a statement released by the Canadian government on Sunday she worked in a homeless shelter until she moved to Europe to be with her fiance.

Her family in Castlegar, British Columbia, says Archibald “would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death.”

They say she was 30 years old.

They asked those who want to honor her to volunteer their time or donate to a homeless shelter and to tell them “Chrissy sent you. “


10:25 p.m.

The city of London is convening a public vigil for the seven people killed in the van and knife attack on London Bridge and at nearby restaurants.

A statement from Mayor Sadiq Khan’s office said the vigil will be held at 6 p.m. local time on Monday at Potters Fields Park, an open space which surrounds City Hall on the River Thames near Tower Bridge.

The mayor’s office says the gathering is an opportunity for Londoners and visitors “to come together in solidarity to remember those who have lost their lives in Saturday’s attack, to express sympathy with their families and loved ones and to show the world that we stand united in the face of those who seek to harm us and our way of life.”

The invitation issued by Khan’s office says the vigil also is meant to show “We will never let these cowards win and we will never be cowed by terrorism.”


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