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June 5, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Terrorists continued their war on tourism and on civilians at the weekend, with Islamist jihadis staging an attack on one of London’s best-known tourist precincts, killing seven people and injuring about 50 others.

At least two of those killed were foreign nationals, one from France and the other from Canada. The attackers chose Saturday evening, targeting London Bridge thronged with visitors and the popular Borough Market area of bars, restaurants and street life.

Three Australians were caught up in the attacks. An Australian woman is  in hospital (stabbed in the throat, though recovering well as the knife missed vital organs and arteries). An Australian man received stitches for knife wounds after being attacked by one of the terrorists. He is now flying home, as the attack happened just hours before he was due to do that. Hopefully he got an upgrade. Authorities are trying to find the whereabouts of the third Australian.

Four French citizens and a New Zealander were among the injured.

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) issued two advisories, the first warning Australians to avoid the London Bridge and Borough Market area, and an update advising: “On 3 June 2017, an attack at London Bridge and Borough Market caused a number of deaths and injuries.  UK authorities have declared these events as terrorist attacks. Continue to avoid the area and follow local instructions.”

DFAT did not change its level of advice for the UK, which remains at “exercise normal safety precautions”.

Holding the advisory at the “normal safety” level is important for tourism. There’s a growing awareness among travellers that terrorism is a worldwide risk, but tourism can be damaged if tourists feel the attackers are singling out one destination. Terrorist attacks had a dampening effect on tourism to Paris. London will be hoping the same does not follow.

DFAT’s level of advice for France is “exercise a high degree of caution”, which DFAT says is “due to the threat of terrorist attack”. That’s a notch higher than the advice for Britain, even though Britain has suffered three major terror attacks in under three months, two of them in London.

The latest London attack, on Saturday, started with a van mowing down up to 30 pedestrians on London Bridge and was followed by a gang of three Islamist knifemen going on a stabbing frenzy with 40-centimetre hunting knives, reportedly shouting “This is for Allah!”

London police were quick on the scene and shot dead three terrorists within eight minutes of the first emergency call. Police issued an urgent “RUN, HIDE AND TELL” warning as the rampaging terrorists ran amok, stabbing people at random.

The warning says you must:

  • RUN – to a place of safety. This is a better option than to surrender or negotiate. If there’s nowhere to go, then…
  • HIDE – Turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can.
  • TELL – the police by calling 999 when it is safe to do so.

London police officers can be seen ordering patrons to get down and take cover at London’s German-themed bar Katzenjammers, in this video.


The latest attack comes less than two weeks after the Manchester atrocity in which a suicide bomber blew himself up in the foyer of an Ariana Grande concert attended by teenagers, killing 22 people and causing mass casualties.

Britain raised its threat level to the maximum – critical – after the Manchester attack but held it at that level for just four days. For some reason authorities then dropped the level back to the second-highest category, severe, on 25 May 2017.

Ariana Grande and other celebrities (including Robbie Williams, Coldplay, Miley Ray Cyrus, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber) are holding a charity concert at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday (Monday morning Australian time) to benefit the victims of the Manchester attack. Tickets sold out in six minutes and security will be tight.

Written by Peter Needham

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