Update 5: ‘A guy ran past me and stabbed cop with big knife‘
Update 4: Sky News confirms 2 dead in attack.
Update 3: Attack comes exactly 1 year after Brussels attack.
Update 2: Statement from mayor of London.
Update 1: Video from the scene (showing injured people).
One woman is confirmed dead. As of now it is possible that there were two attackers, one who drove a large vehicle into a crowd and seriously injured about 10 people, and a second who stabbed a police officer and was shot by other officers. It is of course possible it was one man who drove the vehicle, got out and then was shot. We are waiting for more clarification.
There also is unconfirmed information that the incident was warned about in a 4chan internet post from yesterday. Unconfirmed.
The Independent reports that President Trump’s first strike on terrorists killed at least 30 civilians including 10 women and children:
“Why kill children? This is the new [US] administration – it’s very sad, a big crime,” Nasser Al-Awlaki said. “[Nora] was hit with a bullet in her neck and suffered for two hours.” The Pentagon did not refer to any civilian casualties in its statement.
A U.S. Navy Seal was also killed in the attack:
The Pentagon did not say how the team’s one death occurred, and the U.S. military official declined to give details on the fatality.
President Obama was not sure the strike’s benefits would outweigh its rewards:
Obama administration aides had deliberated extensively over the proposed operation, weighing the value of any information that might be recovered against the risk to the Special Operations forces plunging into hostile territory. But administration officials ultimately opted to hand the decision on the mission to their successors.
Contrast a president who deliberated a long time before making a decision–who considered all the factors before executing a plan–with a president who does not want to sit and think things through. He wants to bomb first and ask questions later, regardless of who dies.