“This is for Allah”: 50 Bullets for 3 Terrorists
Details of the Armed Police Shooting of Islamic Terrorists in London
They drove a van into pedestrians and when it got stuck between a building and a traffic light, they got out and started stabbing and slashing anyone in their path, shouting “This is for Allah!”
Minutes later, report reached police of an incident on London Bridge, involving a vehicle and pedestrians – just like the Westminster attack in March. Within minutes armed police officers and counter-terrorism police units were on the scene. The SAS elite counter-terrorism unit, ‘Blue Thunder’, was on its way from Hereford.
Seven people were dead and 48 lying wounded.
The first police officer on the scene was a member of the British Transport Police. He was alone and armed only with a baton. Heroically, he took on the three terrorists, receiving multiple stabs wounds, but delayed them long enough for reinforcements to arrive.
This is for Terrorists
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley made a public statement outside Scotland Yard, saying:
Eight police firearms officers discharged their weapons. Our initial assessment is in the region of 50 rounds – in the region of 50 bullets – were fired by those eight officers.
The terrorists were armed with 12-inch knives and appeared to be wearing suicide-bombs. Rowley explained the situation as it presented itself to responding officers:
The situation these officers were confronted with was critical – a matter of life and death – three armed men wearing what appeared to be suicide belts.
Police received the call at 22:08. By 22:16, 50 rounds had been fired and three terrorists were dead.
Police Armed Response Units
Every police constabulary in the UK has a unit of authorized firearms officers (AFOs), ready to deploy into situations requiring an armed response. The Metropolitan Police also has a specialized counter-terrorism unit. Organized under Specialist Crimes and Operations’ Specialist Firearms Command(SCO19), SCO19 has a reported strength of 130 CT-SFOs in seven teams, comprising a sergeant and 15 constables, with six CT-SFO Inspectors under an Operational Senior Manager.
The Metropolitan Police released details of CT-SFO’S equipment and weaponry in August, 2016: wolf-grey-coloured tactical uniforms, equipped with SIG Sauer SIG516 and SIG MCX carbines, Glock 17 handguns, Remington 870 shotgun, Accuracy International AT308 sniper riles, and BMW F800GS motorcycle for rapid deployment in central London.
Islamic Terrorism Link Confirmed
Two of the Islamic terrorists have been named as Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane. Khuram Butt appeared in a Channel 4 documentary on Islamic extremism.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.