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

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

A white van hit pedestrians on London Bridge at about 22:00 BST on Saturday, then three men got out and stabbed people in nearby Borough Market. They were shot dead by police minutes later.

Condemning the attack, Theresa May said it was “time to say enough is enough”.

Controlled explosions were also carried out at the flat in Barking on Sunday morning.

According to neighbours, the dead attacker had lived there for about three years and was married with two children.

It is the third terror attack in the UK in three months, following the car and knife attack in Westminster in March, which left five people dead, and the Manchester bombing less than two weeks ago, in which 22 people were killed.

Most political parties have suspended national general election campaigning, but the prime minister said full campaigning would resume on Monday and the general election would go ahead as planned on Thursday.

Eyewitnesses to the attack described seeing a van travelling at high speed along London Bridge, hitting pedestrians, before crashing close to the Barrowboy and Banker pub.

Three men then got out wearing fake bomb vests and began attacking people in the nearby market – an area known for its bars and restaurants, which were busy on a warm summer evening.

Four police officers who tried to stop the attack were among those injured, two of them seriously.

One of them was an off-duty officer and amateur rugby player who tackled one of the terrorists, suffering stab wounds.

Another, a British Transport Police officer who joined the force less than two years ago, took on the attackers armed with only his baton.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick praised their “extraordinary bravery”.

The three suspects were eventually shot dead within eight minutes of the first 999 call being received.

 Media captionEyewitness: “They were running and stabbing everyone”

Police operation in Barking, east LondonImage copyrightREUTERSImage captionArmed police are searching flats in Barking, east London,

Among the main developments:

  • More than 80 medics were sent to the scene. The injured, some of them in critical condition, are being treated in five London hospitals.

  • The Met Police has set up a casualty bureau on 0800 096 1233 and 020 7158 0197 for people concerned about friends or relatives.

  • Two Australian citizens “have been directly impacted,” says the country’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

  • Four French citizens have been injured, one seriously, according to foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Summary

  1. Seven people have been killed in a terror attack near London Bridge. Police shot dead the three attackers

  2. Ambulance service says 48 patients were taken to five hospitals

  3. Four police officers were injured, one seriously

  4. 12 people have been arrested during police raids in Barking, east London

  5. It’s understood one of the attackers lived at the address in Barking; neighbours say he was married with two children

  6. PM Theresa May condemns the “single evil ideology of Islamist extremism,” saying “enough is enough”

  7. The general election will go ahead on 8 June

  8. All major political parties suspend national campaigning, except UKIP

  9. Police have opened a casualty bureau. Telephone numbers are 0800 096 1233 and 020 7158 0197

    Police officers among the injured

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    The chairman of the Met Police Federation Marsh has confirmed that “some of our police colleagues were among the injured”.”I join all UK police colleagues in wishing them a swift recovery. We are offering them our full support,” Ken Marsh said.The British Transport Police (BTP) has said one of its officers was stabbed in the face as he responded to the attack.

    Officer took on attackers with baton

    A British Transport Police officer stabbed during last night’s attack faced off with the attackers armed only with his baton, according to the force.

    The officer was one of the first responders in London Bridge and has been working in his role for less than two years.

    He is in a stable condition, but has suffered face, head and leg injuriesBTP chief constable Paul Crowther visited the him in hospital and said the officer showed “enormous courage in the face of danger”.He added: “For an officer who only joined us less than two years ago, the bravery he showed was outstanding and makes me extremely proud.”All of us at BTP wish him a swift recovery, and I know he will be touched by the hundreds of messages of support from across the UK and the world.

    “Our thoughts are with all of those who died or were injured, and their loved ones as they try to come to terms with what happened.”

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