PM pays tribute to victims of London Bridge terror attack five years on from tragedy

Boris Johnson said the anniversary weekend was a time for celebration but for those affected by the tragic events of June 3, 2017, Friday will be a day of mourning and reflection

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson said London faced “the worst of humanity” five years ago

Boris Johnson has paid tribute to the victims of the London Bridge terror attack – five years after the harrowing incident shook the nation.

The Prime Minister reflected on the “worst of humanity” five years ago, when a killing spree that lasted just over eight minutes killed eight and seriously injured 48 people.

Three terrorists drove a white van into pedestrians on London Bridge on June 3, 2017 before using a knife on bystanders.

Armed police officers arrived at the scene and fatally shot the trio, who were wearing fake suicide vests.

Mr Johnson said: “Five years on, we also pay tribute to the indomitable spirit that Londoners showed that night and the weeks that followed.

“When faced with the worst of humanity, this city – and all who have made it their home – responded with their best and refused to be intimidated in the face of terror.”

Usman Khan stabbed two people in the attack on London Bridge



Saskia Jones was one of the victims of the attack



Southwark Council conducted local tributes and held a memorial service at Southwark Cathedral for all the victims and those involved in the emergency relief.

Cllr Kieron Williams, leader of Southwark Council, said: “We know the anniversary weekend will be a time to celebrate for many Londoners and Southwark residents, but for all those affected by the events of 3 June 2017, the Friday a day of sadness and reflection.

“So much has happened in the last 5 years, but the tragic events of that night linger in the minds of everyone who has lost someone, been injured, or helped with immediate response and longer recovery.”

Jack Merritt was also murdered



Since the terrorist attack, the government has announced plans to isolate dangerous and influential prisoners from the prisons’ main inmates to prevent them from radicalizing other inmates.

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said a new team – set up at a cost of £1.2million – will identify the most influential terrorists so they can be transferred to one of the prison service’s three segregation centres.

Usman Khan, a terrorist prisoner on license, stabbed two people in the London Bridge attack.

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