The Federal Government has officially confirmed that two Australians were killed in the London terrorist attack.
Overnight London Metropolitan Police confirmed South Australian nurse Kirsty Boden was one of the victims, while there were grave fears for Queensland woman Sara Zelenak who has been missing since the attack.
The Federal Government said British authorities had asked Australia to hold off on releasing the victims’ names pending official confirmation of their identities and the families being officially notified.
“The Australian Government is deeply saddened to confirm that two Australians have been killed in the London terrorist attack,” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement.
“The Australian Government has remained in close contact with the families who have requested privacy. We ask the media to respect their request at this difficult and harrowing time.”
London’s Metropolitan Police released a statement on behalf of 28-year-old Ms Boden’s family, saying “Kirsty was loved and adored by her family, friends and boyfriend”.
“She was the most outgoing, kind and generous person who loved to help people,” the statement read. “As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life.”
Seven people have been confirmed dead and 48 are in hospital after the attacks, which saw terrorists use a van to ram pedestrians before stabbing pub and restaurant-goers at Borough Market with knives.
ISIS Claims Responsibility For London Bridge Attack
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the London Bridge terrorist attack, issuing a statement through its propaganda news service last night.
A statement posted on the group’s media page said: “A detachment of Islamic State fighters executed yesterday’s London attack.” It’s the third attack this year that Islamic State has claimed in Britain, after the bombing in Manchester and the Westminster car and knife attack.
Seven people were killed and 48 injured in the attack which began at 10pm local time on Saturday night. Shortly after midnight, police officially declared the attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market as “terrorist incidents”.
Prime Minister Theresa May pledged a new era of clamping down on terrorism after the attack as she declared “enough is enough” and condemned the “evil” of the perpetrators.
Christine Archibald, a Canadian woman, was named as the first victim of the deadly attack.