LONDON – Hundreds of people gathered in Potters Fields Park next to City Hall to pay their respects to the victims and those injured in the London Bridge and Borough Market attacks, which killed seven people and injured 48 on Saturday.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan invited Londoners and visitors to come together at City Hall, which is less than a mile away from the epicentre of where the attacks occurred.
The vigil was held at 6 p.m. BST, followed by one minute’s silence at 6.20 p.m. BST.
Shortly after the vigil started, the Metropolitan Police named two of the men behind the London Bridge and Borough Market attacks on Saturday as Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane:
- Metropolitan Police via Thomson Reuters
The suspects hired a van and drove into pedestrians on London Bridge at around 10 p.m. local time on Saturday evening. They then abandoned the van and went on a stabbing spree in Borough Market.
Earlier today, Theresa May delivered a speech saying that Britain needs her strong leadership “now more than ever.”
“Today I want to return to the choice people face in three days time. It’s about which leader and which team people trust to keep Britain safe,” May said.
ISIS (also known as the Islamic State, ISIL, and Daesh) claimed responsibility for the attacks. According to a statement posted to its “Amaq” propaganda outlet, ISIS said a “detachment” of its fighters had carried out the attacks.