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Security enhanced for UK cricket tournament

Published:Monday | June 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM
A police officer clears people away from the area near London Bridge after a terrorist incident on Saturday night.

Cricket rivals India and Pakistan have held a minute's silence for the victims of the London Bridge attacks amid enhanced security at the Edgbaston ground in Birmingham, England.

The West Midlands venue was hosting a game on Sunday as part of the two-week Champions Trophy tournament, which involves eight countries, including England.

World cricket's governing body says extra security had been put in place after the Saturday night attacks in the capital.

The International Cricket Council said in a statement that all team hotels went into lockdown and teams, match officials and staff were all quickly accounted for after the attacks.

London's police counterterrorism chief says the public should expect to see increased security measures as authorities investigate the latest attack.




Assistant Police Commissioner Mark Rowley said Sunday that police need to establish whether others were involved in planning Saturday night's vehicle and knife attack on London Bridge and at nearby restaurants.

Seven people were killed in the attack and 21 are in critical condition.

Rowley says police are confident that the three men fatally shot by officers in the minutes after the assault were the only attackers, but there is "clearly more to do" in the investigation.

He says the white van they used to mow down pedestrians on London Bridge was rented by one of the men.

Security cordons will remain around London Bridge indefinitely.

Rowley said eight police officers fired "an unprecedented number" of bullets at the three men suspected of carrying out the attacks.

He said the officers fired 50 rounds at the men, striking and wounding a member of the public in the process.

Rowley says the injured civilian's injuries are not believed to be critical and there will be an independent investigation.

Rowley says the attackers had "already killed members of the public and had to be stopped immediately".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says a Canadian is among those killed in the terrorist attack.

He says Canada strongly condemns the senseless attack and stands united with the British people.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has paid a private visit to some of the victims of the vehicle and knife attacks.

- AP