The Church of England calls for prayer after London attack which leaves 7 dead

Seven people have been killed in central London last night (Sat) after three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and launched a knife attack on people enjoying a Saturday night out in pubs and restaurants around Borough Market.

What happened?

Armed police and ambulances were called to reports of a white van hitting several people on London Bridge at 22:08 BST on Saturday.

The van mounted the pavement and swerved into a number of people.

 

The white van, in the centre of this photo, is believed to have been used in the attack on London BridgeImage copyrightH. ATTAI

The vehicle continued to drive to nearby Borough Market, where the suspects got out and stabbed several people in an area crowded with Londoners and tourists having an evening out.

Eyewitnesses spoke of attackers targeting people in pubs. Some people tried to fight them off by throwing chairs and glasses.

One witness, Gerard, told the BBC: “They were running up shouting, ‘This is for Allah.’ They stabbed this girl maybe 10 times, 15 times.”

Police have declared it a “terrorist incident”.

 

The Church of England has posted the “call to prayer” below, in response to the attack.

Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: “I am appalled and angered by the terrorist attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market, in my home city.

“These acts of violence were truly shocking and I condemn them in the strongest terms.

“Muslims everywhere are outraged and disgusted at these cowards who once again have destroyed the lives of our fellow Britons.

“That this should happen in this month of Ramadan, when many Muslims were praying and fasting only goes to show that these people respect neither life nor faith.

Source: BBC, Church of England, Evening Standard