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8 minutes on London Bridge: Years of training led to prompt police response

The attack appears as a combination of Westminster attack in 2017 and Lee Rigby murder of 2013

Steve Hewitt | The Conversation 

Eight minutes. That is the length of time from the start of the London Bridge attack to the three terrorists being killed by armed police. The Metropolitan Police Service is rightly being heralded for the speed, courage and effectiveness of its members in ending a terrorist atrocity. But the success in their response which prevented more people from being injured and killed is, besides individual bravery, about learning from previous terrorist attacks, training and resources. In the pre-9/11 era, the style of terrorist attacks frequently involved hostage takings in which terrorists ...

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First Published: Mon, June 05 2017. 08:52 IST
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