During a terror attack last night in London a van drove into pedestrians on the bridge and two separate eyewitnesses – one named Eric, another named Gerard – told the BBC that they saw men stabbing people in both sites, and heard them shouting: “This is for Allah”.
According to the UK Daily Mirror SAS troops are said to have joined police in the massive manhunt for the missing terrorists. After the attack in Manchester, SAS troops were drafted in to help with police raids.
Some of the 70-strong ‘Blue Thunder’ squad – named for the unmarked helicopter they use for operations – flew in from their Hereford HQ to join the hunt on Saturday night before police confirmed that all the attackers were shot and killed at the scene.
The Special Air Service (SAS) is a special forces unit of the British Army. The SAS was founded in 1941 as a regiment, and later reconstituted as a corps in 1950. The unit undertakes a number of roles including covert reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, direct action and hostage rescue.
The corps presently comprises 22 Special Air Service Regiment, the regular component under the operational command of United Kingdom Special Forces, and 21 (Artists) Special Air Service Regiment (Reserve) and 23 Special Air Service Regiment (Reserve), which are reserve units under the operational command of 1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade.
Over the past two years the Police and Special Forces immediate response force has mounted numerous exercises across the UK to test their plans in case of a major incident. The Daily Express reports that 70 hand-picked special forces soldiers have been “rehearsing a variety of terror scenarios”, by raiding abandoned buildings and training at nuclear power stations and ports.
The unit’s existence has come to light in the wake of last week’s terror attack in Brussels, which claimed the lives of 31 people and injured hundreds more.
IBTimes notes the mobile unit was specifically designed to respond to incidents across the country rather than just London and the south east. It will work directly under the command of counterterror police, operating alongside seven police liaison officers, based at three secrect military airfields and two unnamed provincial airports.
The Blue Thunder unit’s Dauphin helicopters will be supported by an Apache helicopter gunship kitted out with cameras in order to give field commanders the best intel on any situation.
A British Special Forces team attached to the Police Counter Terrorist Command spearheaded the search of the House of Commons for any other killers and oversaw the British Prime Minister’s evacuation.
Armed police prepare to patrol
The UK Daily Mail stated Anti-terror cops arrested 12 in London tower block after gang of jihadi terrorists yelling ‘this is for Allah’ killed seven and injured nearly 50 in stabbing rampage in the center of the British capital.
Uber was criticized for surge pricing after the London terror attack. Theresa May vows to battle ‘Islamist extremism’ and declares Britain has been ‘too tolerant of Islamic extremism’ hours after the van and knife rampag. ISIS supporters celebrated the London terror attack as extremists say ‘UK is paying blood for blood’.
As of this time: Police arrest 12 in raids following assault that left 7 dead and 50 injured. The attack comes after Salman Abedi, a suicide bomber, killed himself and 22 others in an explosion after a concert at the Manchester Arena on May 22.
Masked police officers wielding guns were seen at London Bridge on Sunday morning
- 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 knife rampage in central London last night
The attackers were shot dead within eight minutes of the first emergency phone call
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