London attack: one Canadian and one French citizen among those killed


Seven killed, with British police officers, French, Australian and New Zealand nationals among the 48 people injured

A Canadian and a French citizen were among the seven people killed in the terrorist attack on London Bridge and Borough Market, it has been confirmed by their governments.

Canadas prime minister, Justin Trudeau, confirmed that a Canadian citizen was among those killed. I am heartbroken that a Canadian is among those killed, he said. We grieve with the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones, and wish all those injured a speedy and full recovery.

Londoners and people across the United Kingdom have always displayed strength and resilience in the face of adversity. We recently witnessed this after the attacks in Manchester and in the Westminster area of London. This time will be no different.

Christine Archibald

The Canadian victim was named by her family as Christine Archibald from from Castlegar, British Columbia. In a statement, they said: We grieve the loss of our beautiful, loving daughter and sister. She had room in her heart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected.

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This undated image provided by the Archibald family shows Christine Archibald. Photograph: AP

She lived this belief, working in a shelter for the homeless until she moved to Europe to be with her fiance. She would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death. Please honour her by making your community a better place. Volunteer your time and labour or donate to a homeless shelter. Tell them Chrissy sent you.

It also emerged that Archibald was with her fiance, Tyler Ferguson, when she died. His sister, Cassie Ferguson, told CBC News: He is broken into a million pieces. He held her and watched her die in his arms.

French citizen

The French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, confirmed that a French man was among those killed. French media reported that seven people from France were injured, four of them critically, and that one person was still missing.

The French government earlier said four of those injured in the attack were from France. Le Drian tweeted that he would be in London on Monday.

British Transport police officer

Among the 48 injured were an off-duty Metropolitan police officer and a British Transport police officer who confronted the terrorists with nothing more than a baton. Theresa May said many of the wounded sustained life-threatening injuries, while the NHS said at least 21 people were in a critical condition.

BTP chief constable Paul Crowther said he had visited his colleague in hospital and said he showed enormous courage in the face of danger, as did many others who were at the scene and rushed to help.

Although he is seriously unwell, he was able to recount how he faced the attackers armed only with his baton, outside London Bridge station. For an officer who only joined us less than two years ago, the bravery he showed was outstanding and makes me extremely proud.

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Sources confirmed that the second, off-duty officer had been injured after tackling one or more of the attackers. Neither officer is understood to be critically hurt.

British man hit by police bullet

Mark Rowley, the Met police assistant commissioner, said a member of the public was shot as officers tried to neutralise the terrorists with an unprecedented level of gunfire. Speaking at a press conference, Rowley said the individual was being treated in hospital but he was not in a critical condition.

He said eight armed officers discharged around 50 bullets as they tried to stop the three knife-wielding attackers on Saturday night.

Dr Malik Ramadhan, a senior doctor at the Royal London hospital, told the Guardian the man was shot in the head and was expected to make a full recovery. We had one gunshot wound. Theres a patient in this hospital whos been shot in the head; a man. Hes absolutely not dying. Our expectation is that he will make a full recovery, said Ramadhan, the divisional director for trauma at the hospital.

Daniel ONeill, 23

The mother of one of the victims, 23 year-old Daniel ONeill, has told of her sons experiences.

He just stepped outside the bar for a second and a man ran up to him and said This is for my family, this is for Islam, and stuck a knife straight in him. Hes got a seven inch scar going from his belly round to his back, Elizabeth ONeill told reporters outside Kings College hospital.

The man ran away, Daniel headed back into the pub, there were shots fired, everybody was told to lie down, and then they were told to go downstairs in the bar. At this stage, Daniels friend had put a tourniquet on him and was holding pressure there. He was brought downstairs parts of that he doesnt remember and then the police were there and brought him in their car to the hospital.

ONeill said her son could talk but was in shock. These people say they are doing this in the name of God which is an absolute joke. They are callous, they are barbaric and they are absolute cowards. We will carry on as normal, she said.

London hospitals, including Kings College hospital, the Royal London and St Thomass confirmed they were among those treating the dozens of injured, though a number had now been discharged.

Geoff Ho

Geoff Ho, a Sunday Express journalist, was taken to intensive care after being stabbed in the throat when he tried to help a wounded bouncer. He was filmed being led away from the scene by a policeman, clutching his neck and with his shirt off.

According to the Mirror, he wrote on Facebook: Dont know whether it was stupid or noble to jump in and break up the fight outside the Southwark Tavern, but two a***s trying to do over the lone bouncer on the door isnt happening on my watch.

His friend Isabelle Oderberg tweeted: We have found Geoff. He is in intensive care. She told the Melbourne newspaper the Age: He is actually a martial artist and I wouldnt be surprised if he would have stood up and been counted because hes just that type of person.

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Australian Candice Hedge, 31

Hedge was named in Australia as one of those hurt. The Brisbane Courier Mail said Hedge had finished her waiting shift at Elliots restaurant and was having a drink at the bar when a man came up behind her, grabbed her head and slashed at her throat.

Her mother, Kim del Toro, told Fairfax Media that her daughter had received emergency surgery at St Thomass hospital, but she is going to be fine, thank goodness.

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Candice Hedge was injured by one of the attackers. Photograph: Facebook

She said Hedge had been at the bar with her boyfriend, Luke, when he heard some commotion out the front and went out to see what was going on.

He saw some men with knives coming toward them, and he ran back inside to see where Candice was.

She said he had been unable to find her, and the police had yelled for everyone to stay down. He had then seen his girlfriend running towards him, holding her bleeding neck.

Del Toro said her daughter had been able to make a Skype call on Sunday morning. She couldnt speak, but I got to see her and she gave me the thumbs up, so I knew that she was OK.

Hedge also posted on Facebook to reassure friends, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. She wrote: Im doing OK. Still in hospital, but all in the clear. I really cant talk. The f—– stabbed me in the neck. Dont worry too much. I love you all.

The Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, said on Monday the government believed three Australians had been caught up in the attacks.

Australian Andrew Morrison

In a video posted on Reddit, Morrison, who had a blood-stained cloth wrapped around his neck, said he had been stabbed after leaving Belushis bar in London Bridge where he had been watching the Champions League final.

All of a sudden this guy comes up with a knife I push him off. I walk into a pub and say, Someone help me, Ive been stabbed, he said on the video.

Morrison, from Darwin, said he was reluctant to say it but said his attacker looked like a Muslim terrorist.

Morrisons sister Katrina told the NT News the family was just happy he was safe.

Yes, my brother was involved, she said. Were currently sorting out his flight home.

New Zealander Oliver Dowling, 32 and Marie Bondeville

Oliver Dowling, from Christchurch, New Zealand, was recovering from four hours of surgery after being stabbed in the face, neck and stomach.

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Marie Bondeville with her boyfriend Oliver Dowling Photograph: Facebook

According to the New Zealand Herald, his sister Freddy posted on Facebook: Doctors are very happy with how hes come out the other side. A massive thank to the University of London Hospital for their tireless efforts in helping my brother out!!

The 32-year-olds girlfriend, Marie Bondeville, was also injured, she wrote, adding: Marie has been in surgery at another hospital but unfortunately we havent been able to find out how she is due to not being immediate family.

Other victims

A spokesman for Spains foreign ministry told the Associated Press that a Spanish man had been treated in hospital for wounds described as not serious.

Aerial view of London Bridge attacks

Six women and eight men were taken to Kings College hospital in south London and one patient had since been discharged, a spokesman said. The Royal London hospital in east London was continuing to treat 12 people, Barts Health NHS trust said.

A spokeswoman for Guys and St Thomass NHS foundation trust said it had treated nine patients at St Thomass six men and three women. Five had since been discharged and four two men and two women had been admitted.

A rest centre was set up London South Bank University where volunteers from the British Red Cross were helping those affected, Southwark council said.

The British Red Cross said: Six volunteers are on hand to provide practical and emotional support to any residents displaced following last nights attack.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/04/foreign-nationals-victims-of-london-terror-attacks

How the London Bridge attacks unfolded

Seven people have died after a  and Borough Market. Police shot dead three attackers who used a van to run over pedestrians before stabbing passersby. This is how Saturday night in the UK’s capital unfolded. 
View the video at https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2017/jun/04/how-the-london-bridge-borough-markets-attacks-unfolded-video-report