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Canadian woman first victim identified after London Bridge attack


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Canadian woman first victim identified after London Bridge attack

Canadian Christine Archibald is the first victim to be identified following the deadly attack at London Bridge.

The 30-year-old (from British Columbia) died in the arms of her fiance after being hit by the van driven by the terrorists.

Her family have now urged people to donate or volunteer like she did for a homeless shelter.

Other relatives of those hurt on Saturday have also been expressing their grief.

Elisabeth O’Neil, mother of Daniel who was stabbed in the stomach on Saturday, said she was still in shock.

“Absolutely senseless attacks. And these people say they are doing it in the name of god which is an absolute joke. First commandment is thou shall not kill – all faiths share that belief. If it wasn’t religion, they will find some other excuse. They’re callous, they’re barbaric and they’re absolute cowards.”

Some witnesses to the tragic events have been revisiting the site to pay their respects.

Irene Smith who works at a nearby pub described the scene: “People were panicking, crying, trying to reach out and find their friends. There was a woman next to me, running next to me, and she was in her 40s and she was sobbing and crying and I just gave her a hug. I asked her if she was all right and she said I have seen people being stabbed.

Muslim community leader Kahlil Yousef said: “When they should have been in Isha prayers or Tarawih prayers, in the month of Ramadan, they were out here murdering people. No matter what your concerns are, no matter what your grievances are, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that justifies this sort of behaviour.”

Local French media are reporting that a 27-year-old man known as Alexandre is among the seven dead, who are still yet to be officially named.

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