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11 injured as car ploughed into pedestrians in Natural History Museum, South Kensington

 

A man has been arrested as eleven people were injured following a car mounting the pavement and ploughing into pedestrians in London’s museum district, South Kensington on Saturday, 7 October around 2:20pm. Nine of the injured have been taken to hospital as terrorism has been ruled out a cause but deemed a road traffic collision.

This comes in the wake of a rise in vehicular attack on pedestrians in Europe for which the UK is no exception.

In the UK, a car ploughed into people on London’s Westminster Bridge after which it crashed into the railings by the House of Parliament in the early afternoon of 22 March 2017.

Six people have also been arrested as a bomb went off on a train at Parson Green Tube station on 15 September leaving 29 people injured. The UK terror threat level was again raised to critical i.e. a terrorist attack is imminent.

At this time more than ever, if anything, extra care must be taken on the street of the UK and  most importantly, the UK’s transportation system (as I earlier wrote about this, for which some UK trains are now being patrolled by armed police officers) should be watched over and guarded properly. However, all these cannot effectively happen without due assistance given to the necessary authorities by citizens and other law enforcement officials to forestall or quell any such attacks.

On a related note (based on a previous article of mine of Friday the 13), the UK’s threat level should remain at critical as Friday the 13th which occurs mostly once every year, occurs twice this year, 2017. Nothing really happened on Friday 13 January 2017, however for, Friday 13 October 2017, security forces should be proactive and citizens watchful given the trend of vehicular attacks as this day precedes Halloween.

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News Briefing – Week Beginning 31 July 2017

News Briefing – Week Beginning 24 July 2017

I6 Killed, 13 Injured As Suicide Bombers Hit University of Maiduguri

An array of of suicide bomb attacks believed to be carried out by females (and a male) have rocked different locations in Maiduguri, Borno State, killing 16 and injuring 13 others as confirmed by Mr. Damian Chukwu, Borno State Commissioner of Police.

Giving details, the CP explained that around 10 pm of 25th June, 2017, a male suicide bomber blew himself up close to the Rapid Response Services Office building, a security post of the University of Maiduguri, after gaining access into the University premises.

According to him, the suicide bomber died while wounding three of the university’s security personnel on duty.

Less than two later, further explosions were reported at Zanari, Jere Local Government Area on the outskirts of Maiduguri as bombs were donated in a residential building killing eight and injuring 11 people, explained the Police Commissioner.

A female bomber (identified as Becky Edubiwho) is believed to have died at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, following injuries from the bombing was earlier captured alive.

News Briefing – Week Beginning 19 June 2017

Suspected terror incidents in several locations in London

Armed Police officers have been called up to several locations in London: London Bridge, Vauxhall and Borough market. They are believed to have responded to stabbing and shootings in Borough market, a vehicular collision with pedestrians on London Bridge and an incident in Vauxhall.

A van is said to have mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge. People in the areas of the incident in Vauxhall, London Bridge and Borough Market have been urged by the Metropolitan police to get to safer areas away from the scenes.

Source: Metropolitan Police twitter feed

Several emergency service workers have been called up to the area with good will messages and help pouring out from public officials and the public.

According to Metropolitan Police twitter page, at 0025hrs 4/6/17 the incidents at  &  were regarded as terrorist incidents while the incident at is believed to be an unconnected stabbing to the incidents at London Bridge and Borough Market.

 

UK moved from ‘Severe’ to ‘Critical’ terror alert in the wake of Manchester attack.

The UK has supposedly moved its terrorist alert level from ‘severe’ which meaning an attack is ‘highly likely’ to ‘critical‘ meaning an attack is imminent.

The country’s terror threat level was raised to severe (the second highest of five possible UK threat levels) in August 2014 following a speech by the then Home Secretary, and current Prime Minister, Theresa May in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria. However, in response to the Manchester arena attack of 22nd May 2017 in which 22 people are presumed dead and a large number injured, the UK’s threat level has been raised to critical.

The attack  which was orchestrated by 22-year-old Manchester born of Libyan descent, Salman Abedi also known as Salman Ramadan Abedi is believed to have claimed 22 lives and leaving scores injuredHe was born in Manchester in 1994 and was one of four children born to Libyan refugees who fled to Britain at the height of the Gaddafi regime.

He supposedly traveled to Manchester from London via train a few days before the attack. Police are still making investigations after the Islamic State claimed him to be “a Caliphate Soldier” and responsibility for the attack.

Law enforcement officials gained entry to Abedi’s home Tuesday afternoon following the setting off a controlled explosion to get in, while a 23-year-old man who is believed to be the attacker’s brother has also been arrested by Law enforcement for questioning. A further eight suspects between the ages of 18 and 38 are believed to be in custody with regards to the Manchester bombing.

This comes in the wake of the rise in vehicular attack on pedestrians. At this time more than ever, if anything, extra care must be taken on the street of the UK and  most importantly, the UK’s transportation system (as I earlier wrote about this, for which some UK trains are now being patrolled by armed police officers) should be watched over and guarded properly. However, all these cannot effectively happen without due  assistance given to the necessary authorities by citizens and other law enforcement officials to forestall or quell any such attacks.

News Briefing – Week Beginning 8 May 2017

 

Times Square crash: No indication of terrorism as New York man, 26, charged with murder

A 26-year-old man by the name of Richard Rojas has been charged with murder and 20 counts of attempted murder after having plowed his car into pedestrians in New York Times Square in what seemed like a terrorist attack.

Rojas was arrested Thursday afternoon after he drove his car for three blocks in Times Square, before hitting almost two dozen people before finally being stopped by  steel security barriers. He has been charged with five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.

An 18-year-old tourist from Michigan was killed. Her 13-year-old sister was among the 22 injured, four of them are in critical condition. Officials say following disciplinary actions, he was discharged from the US navy. He apparently told police he was “hearing voices”, after his arrest, and expected to die, two law enforcement officials said.

Following the wreck he emerged from his vehicle running, yelling and jumping before being subdued by police and bystanders in a riotous scene.

New York police department is still carrying out investigations of his intoxication levels as his Rojas intentions remain unclear. However, Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was “no indication that this was an act of terrorism”.

This comes after vehicles have plowed through pedestrians in recent terrorist attacks in the UK, France and Germany.