Cowardly and senseless: UPP leader responds to London Bridge attacks

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Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP) Harold Lovell has described as “cowardly and senseless acts” Saturday’s London Bridge terror attacks.

In a statement on his official Facebook page, Lovell said “my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the shocking incidents in London”.

“In the wake of this horrific violence, Antiguans and Barbudans stand with the people of UK and our many friends and relatives who reside there,” Lovell said.

He said the terror acts go against “everything we believe in, and are a sad reminder of the reality of the level of terrorism that we face in the world today”.

Seven people have been killed and at least 48 injured in the terror incident, in which three male attackers were shot dead by police.

A white van hit pedestrians on London Bridge at about 10 p.m. Saturday, then three men got out and stabbed people in nearby Borough Market.

Police said the three men were wearing fake bomb vests.

One of those hurt is a police officer who was stabbed after going to help. His injuries are not life-threatening.

An Antiguan woman visiting the UK was at the center of the action. She told Antigua News Room her terrifying ordeal based on her extremely close proximity to the London Bridge terror attack.

The woman asked not to be identified because she did not want to alarm family members.

She said her ordeal started while making her way back to the hotel on a taxi.

“The Uber had to take a detour because the road was totally blocked off with the police. People were screaming and running everywhere it was like total chaos, and we realized this could not be an accident, it had to be something of a bigger magnitude.”

The Antiguan woman, whose hotel is two minutes away from the London Bridge, said from her room window, hundreds of people could be seen running on the road screaming and crying.

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