Sunday, June 4, 2017

For England and Europe, terrorism begins to feel like the new normal

Analysis by Dominic Casciani, home affairs correspondent

With three attacks in close proximity, terrorism against soft targets is beginning to feel, to some people, like the new normal. 
The brutal reality is that this kind of threat is absolutely typical of what jihadists sought to achieve in all their attacks across Europe.
Since 2013 security services in the UK have foiled 18 plots. A large proportion of those have involved suspects who set out to commit acts of violence similar to the attack on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge.
Plans to use bombs, such as at Manchester Arena, are rarer because plotters need to have
the technical skills for such an appalling attack - but attacking people with cars and knives is far easier and has long been encouraged by so-called Islamic State and other jihadists.
The aim of the three attackers last night is abundantly clear - not only did they want to kill, but they almost wanted to lose their own lives. 
They would've known full well that attacking people in the street would draw armed police in their direction and the fake bomb belts they were wearing would, in their own warped minds, hasten their demise. 

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A bomb disposal team was later called to Borough Market and local residents told to leave their homes. 
Eyewitness Will Orton, who was also in a pub close to the scene, said: "The bouncers did a really good job, they shut the doors and locked everyone in. 
"There was panic - it seemed like it was literally outside the door."
Vilwar Hussein helped carry the injured police officer to nearby Guy's hospital and recalled seeing a wound in his chest "and blood everywhere".
Earlier, Vilwar said he'd seen the white van perform a U-turn on London Bridge before driving back southwards along the pavement. 

Media caption"He swerved right round me, then hit five or six people": BBC reporter Holly Jones
People leave attack area with hands upImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionOrdinary people were led away from the scene with their hands up amid concerns attackers could attempt to blend in with the crowd
People run down Borough High Street as police are dealing with a Image copyrightPA
Image captionPeople ran down Borough High Street to escape the danger
Counter-terrorism specialist firearm officers were in attendanceImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionCounter-terrorism specialist firearm officers were later in attendance
Ambulances on London BridgeImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionAmbulances attended to the injured on London Bridge

London Bridge and neighbouring Southwark Bridge are both closed along with many other roads including Borough High Street and Lower Thames Street.
Trains are not stopping at London Bridge station.
Facebook has activated its safety check so people in London could post a message to let friends and relatives know they were safe.
The police are asking anyone with photographs or videos of the incident to upload them here.

Police led people to safety after the attackImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionPolice led people to safety after the attack
Police and ambulance could be seen on the south side of London Bridge
Image captionPolice and ambulance could be seen on the south side of London Bridge


  1. Anonymous6/04/2017

    These attacks are nothing compared to what's coming. They are just softening up the target.

  2. Anonymous6/04/2017

    May says “enough is enough,” but clearly she wants more, as all she offers in the wake of last night’s comprehensive jihad attack against London is more platitudes and falsehoods about how terrorism is a “perversion of Islam.” When she reverses the ban on me and allows me to enter the country, and stops hounding and persecuting foes of jihad while welcoming and encouraging jihad preachers, I will believe she really means that “enough is enough.”

    1. Anonymous6/04/2017

      Perversion my ass. This is what it is. Intolerance and violence is every bit part of Islam.

  3. Anonymous6/04/2017

    Sharia courts administering Islamic justice in Britain are run by clerics who believe some offenders should have their hands chopped off, according to Muslim scholar Elham Manea. She described the prevailing attitude as "totalitarian" and as more backward than some parts of Pakistan.

    Teaching children fundamental British values is an act of "cultural supremacism," according to the National Union of Teachers, which wants to replace the concept with one that includes "international rights."

    More than 100,000 British Muslims sympathize with suicide bombers and people who commit other terrorist acts, according to a 615-page survey. Only one in three British Muslims (34%) would contact the police if they believed that somebody close to them had become involved with radical Islam. In addition, 23% of British Muslims said Islamic Sharia law should replace British law in areas with large Muslim populations.

    Belmarsh maximum-security prison in London has become "like a jihadi training camp," according to testimony from a former inmate. The government was accused of burying a report on prison extremism. The report warned that staff have been reluctant to tackle Islamist behavior for fear of being labelled "racist."

    Residents in Manchester received leaflets in their mailboxes, from a Muslim group called "Public Purity," calling for a public ban on dogs.

    Voter fraud has been deliberately overlooked in Muslim communities because of "political correctness," according to a government report.

    Police in Telford — dubbed the child sex capital of Britain — were accused of covering up allegations that hundreds of children in the town were sexually exploited by Pakistani sex gangs.

    1. Anonymous6/04/2017

      And despite of this, muslim migration to Britain is at an all time high.

  4. Anonymous6/04/2017

    I have family that lives in Poland and they don't have to worry about this mess. Mohammed is not welcome their.

  5. Anonymous6/04/2017

    Pass National Concealed Carry!!!

  6. Anonymous6/04/2017

    So called "refugees" are really terrorist troop movements.

  7. Anonymous6/04/2017

    The fathers and grandfathers sacrificed so much and fought so hard against Hitler. Their children who are now the leaders, are doing so much to turn the whole country over to Islam. Madness.

    1. Anonymous6/04/2017

      What kind of 'monster' could write such a poem?


      When your mother has grown older,
      And you have grown older,
      When what was once easy and effortless
      Now becomes a burden,

      When her dear, faithful eyes
      No longer see life as they once did,
      When her feet, grown tired,
      No longer want to carry her as she walks —

      Then give her your arm for support;
      Accompany her with gladness and joy.
      The hour will come when, weeping
      You will accompany her on her final walk.

      And if she asks for something, then answer her.
      And if she asks again, then speak.
      And if she asks yet again, respond to her,
      Not stormily, but with gentle calm.

      And if she cannot understand you well,
      Explain everything to her joyfully.
      The hour will come, the bitter hour,
      When her mouth will ask for nothing more.

  8. Anonymous6/04/2017

    Liberals love anything non traditional that is anti family. They love homosexual marriage, adoption, teaching in the schools etc...etc...they love anything that emasculates males and elevates females in the name of "feminism". Most muslim male immigrants have views of these issues that are straight out of the dark ages. They treat their women like property and kill gays. Yet LIBERALS will demonstrate to get more of these people into our country. Why? The only logical reason is they want to destroy our country.