London attack: 12 arrested in knife attack

Written by  BBC

Twelve people have been arrested after the London terror attack which left seven people dead and 48 injured.

According to BBC, the arrests in Barking, east London, followed a raid at a flat belonging to one of the three attackers.


A van hit pedestrians on London Bridge at 21:58 BST on Saturday. Three men then got out and stabbed people in nearby Borough Market.


The attackers were shot dead by eight officers who fired 50 bullets. A member of the public was accidentally shot. BBC reports.


Of the 12 people who were arrested, seven are women. A 55-year-old man was later released without charge.Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said the member of the public who was accidentally shot remains in hospital in a non-critical condition,


"The situation these officers were confronted with was critical, a matter of life and death - three armed men wearing what appeared to be suicide belts," he said.
"They had already attacked and killed members of the public and had to be stopped immediately."


The suspected suicide vests were later found to be hoaxes.


Thirty-six people are in hospital with a "range of injuries", he said, and 21 are in a critical condition.

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