PUBLISHED: 08:21, Mon, Dec 2, 2019 | UPDATED: 09:42, Mon, Dec 2, 2019
Tourists planning travel in Europe should continue to follow government advice to be “be vigilant” as the threat of terrorism has increased following two major knife attacks on Friday. Both The Hague, in The Netherlands, and London, fell victim to vicious attacks. As Christmas approaches, terrorism warnings from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office remain in place to tourists jetting off on European holidays.
Friday marked a devastating day for London and The Hague as eight people fell victim to knife attacks in two different situations.
A confirmed terrorist attack took place in the capital of the UK, only weeks after the country’s terror threat level dropped from “severe” to “substantial”, meaning the government felt an attack was “likely” rather than “highly likely”.
The attack took place at 1:58pm in inside Fishmongers’ Hall before spilling out onto London Bridge.
An attacker, now named as Usman Khan, launched a fatal knife attack at a conference about reforming convicted prisoners.
He was then chased out onto the street by members of the public who were fighting to stop the attack.
Two people lost their lives while a further three were injured.
Police and the government have called the attack a terrorist incident.
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Meanwhile, the attack which took place in The Hague just hours later has not yet been confirmed as an act of terrorism.
Just hours after the London attack, shoppers in The Hague were targeted by a man wielding a knife in a department store.
Three teenagers were stabbed as a result.
The injured parties include two girls aged 15 and a boy of 13, did not know each other.
While no motive has been reported police said they are investigating “several scenarios”.
However, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has updated its travel warning to coincide with the ongoing investigation.
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