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Several injured after vehicle rams people leaving London mosque: witnesses

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, June 19th, 2017

Police officers attend to the scene after a vehicle collided with pedestrians in the Finsbury Park neighborhood of North London, Britain June 19, 2017. Thomas Van Hulle/Social Media via REUTERS

Several people were injured in north London early on Monday after a van rammed into worshippers leaving a mosque, witnesses said, in what British police described as a “major incident”.

The Muslim Council of Britain said the vehicle had hit people as they were leaving Finsbury Park mosque.

Police said they were called just after 12:20 a.m. (2320 GMT Sunday) to reports of a collision on Seven Sisters Road, which runs through the Finsbury Park area of the city. They said there were a number of casualties and one person had been arrested.

“From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside. … Everybody was shouting: ‘A van’s hit people, a van’s hit people’,” one woman who lives opposite the scene told the BBC.

“There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished. I didn’t see the attacker himself, although he seems to have been arrested, but I did see the van.”

A Reuters witness saw at least one person being loaded into an ambulance. A number of police and ambulances were in attendance.

The incident followed a series of attacks in Britain.

Eight people were killed and 50 injured on June 3 when three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars.

On March 22, a man drove a rented car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead. His attack killed five people.

On May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England. — By Ritvik Carvalho and Costas Pitas | LONDON

(Writing by Guy Faulconbridge and Nick Tattersall; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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UK detonates WW2 bomb found near London Airport

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, February 16th, 2018

Police officers stand by a cordon at the entrance to London City Airport, in London, Britain. February 12, 2018. REUTERS / Simon Dawson

A World War II bomb found near London City Airport was detonated on Wednesday by members of the Royal Navy bomb disposal team.

The bomb, that weighed 500 kilos and measured a meter and a half long, had been driven down the River Thames overnight before being detonated about a mile off the coast.

The bomb was discovered at the George Fifth Dock during scheduled works on Sunday.

All flights to and from London City airport were canceled on Monday after the half-tonne ordinance was found.

After the bomb was safely removed by the Royal Navy and met police, London’s City Airport reopened and was operating as usual since Tuesday. — Reuters

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Authorities nab British national, Filipino for illegal possession of firearms

by UNTV   |   Posted on Saturday, November 25th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Through a search warrant issued by  Pasig City Regional Trial Court Branch 152 Judge Danilo Cruz, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Anti-Transnational Crime Unit (CIDG-ATCU) raided a residential unit in Valle Verde in Pasig City.

According to CIDG ATCU chief PSupt. Roque Merdegia Jr., operatives arrested suspects British national Matthew George Marney and Filipino Romel Mañas Catilo who are both residents of Valle Verde.

Authorities nabbed the suspects after discovering that they were in possession of unlicensed firearms.

“May information kaming natanggap na may presence ng (We received information about the presence of) AED persons sa (in) Valle Verde 5 way back in September and because of that information we conducted a surveillance operation and we apply search warrant,” said the police officer.

CIDG-ATCU operatives confiscated from the two, 5 caliber .45 pistols, 5 magazines, 25 pieces of live ammunition and 4 boxes of blank ammunition for a caliber .45 pistol.

They also seized a stun gun and four gun holder boxes, a gun cleaning kit, 14 pieces of bladed weapons, 3 firearms holsters, a magazine pouch, and an improvised slingshot.

“We will coordinate with the British embassy about the background of the suspect. If he has any record and involvement in illegal transactions abroad,” said Merdegia.

Merdegia said that the suspects are already facing complaints before the Department of Justice for violating the Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms Law and Ammunition.

Meanwhile, CIDG NCR arrested four illegal recruiters in Kalaw, Ermita including a Japanese national who recruited Filipinos to work as domestic helpers in Japan.

The Japanese national was also caught in the act of receiving money from the victim.

“In compliance with the instruction of our president the CIDG will conduct intensified operations against illegal recruitment,” said CIDG – NCR Chief PSSupt. Wilson Asueta. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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Formal public inquiry into Grenfell Tower fire to begin on Thursday

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, September 14th, 2017

FILE PHOTO: A general view shows the Grenfell Tower, which was destroyed in a fatal fire, in London, Britain July 15, 2017. REUTERS/Tolga Akmen

Hearings begin at a public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire in London that killed more than 80 people in June on Thursday, September 14 in the UK.

The destruction of the 24-storey social housing block, home to a poor, multi-ethnic community raised public anger over social inequalities.

Grenfell Tower was part of a deprived housing estate in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea, one of the richest areas in the country.

The inquiry, led by retired judge Martin Moore-Bick, was announced by Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May to show she wanted the truth about the disaster to emerge.

“But right now, people want answers and it’s absolutely right and that’s why I am today ordering a full public inquiry into this disaster. We need to know what happened, we need to have an explanation of this. We owe that to the families, to the people who have lost loved ones, friends and the homes in which they lived,” said the prime minister.

It will examine the cause and spread of the fire, the design, construction and refurbishment of the tower, fire regulations relating to high-rise buildings, whether they were complied with at Grenfell Tower, and the actions of the authorities before and after the tragedy. — Reuters

 

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