Nation pauses to remember London Bridge attack victims


The nation has paused in memory of the victims of the London Bridge terror attack.

The minute’s silence at 11am was observed across the UK, including a crowd that stood in the rain close to the scene of Saturday’s attack at the bridge and nearby Borough Market in the capital.

The van-and-knife rampage in central London left seven dead and 48 injured before the three attackers were shot dead.

Members of the public stood under a crowd of umbrellas close to flowers near to the scene of the weekend attack.

People gathered at the site of tributes for the Manchester attack victims in the city’s St Ann’s Square to remember those who lost their lives in the capital.

Train stations across the country also came to a standstill.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan observed the minute’s silence alongside members of the emergency services in the capital.

A cordon remained in place at the scene of the attack.

Canadian Christine Archibald, 30, and Londoner James McMullan, 32, were the first victims killed in Saturday’s atrocity to be named.

The grieving family of Australian nurse Kirsty Boden said they are “so proud” of her as they confirmed she also lost her life trying to help others during the attack.

French authorities have confirmed an unnamed French national also died though details of the others killed in the attack are still to be released.

Thirty-six people remain in London hospitals, with 18 in a critical care.

Thousands attended a minute’s silence on Monday night at a vigil next to Tower Bridge, a short walk away from the scene of the weekend attack.

The London mayor, joined by Home Secretary Amber Rudd and shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, was cheered by the crowd as he referred to his own faith to condemn the extremist attackers.

“As a proud and patriotic British Muslim I say this: you do not commit these disgusting acts in my name,” Mr Khan said.

“Your perverse ideology has nothing to do with the true values of Islam.”

A book of condolence, already signed by Prime Minister Theresa May, will open on Tuesday at Southwark Council’s headquarters in Tooley Street.

Mrs May wrote in her message that British values are “superior to anything offered by the preachers and supporters of hate”.

Two of the terrorists have been named by police as it emerged one of them, 27-year-old Khuram Shazad Butt, was known to security services.

Officers at Scotland Yard said they are working to identify the third accomplice although he has been named by Italian media as Moroccan-Italian Youssef Zaghba.



Source : http://www.itv.com/news/2017-06-06/london-bridge-attack-minutes-silence/

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