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New Zealand man injured in London attacks

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/06/2017

A New Zealand man was stabbed in the face, neck and stomach during the London terror attacks.

Oliver Dowling, 32, survived because the attackers missed all his vital organs, his sister Freddy, says in a Facebook post.

He is stable after four hours of surgery in University of London Hospital, she says.

His girlfriend, Marie Bondeville, was also injured and was being treated in another hospital, she said.

She is not believed to a New Zealander.

Mr Dowling is from Christchurch and lives in London.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said on Sunday afternoon it was checking to confirm reports a New Zealander was injured.

Three men in a van drove at high speed into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing Saturday night revellers on the street and in nearby bars, killing six people and wounding at least 48.

Armed police rushed to the scene and shot dead the attackers in the Borough Market area.

Prime Minister Bill English has condemned the attacks.

He says Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee has written to his UK counterpart, Boris Johnson, to express New Zealand's condolences.

Mr Brownlee said in a Radio New Zealand report New Zealand will be interested during the coming days to hear more from British intelligence services about the attacks.

"And that will all feed into a mix that would make us, through our independent agency, consider what threat level New Zealand should have," Mr Brownlee said.

Mr English says the international community must continue its efforts to combat terror and degrade those who seek to inflict it. New Zealand remains committed to playing its part.

"Too many lives are being taken by terrorists set on inflicting pain and suffering on innocent people," says Mr English.

"New Zealand's thoughts are with the victims of today's attack, along with their families and friends. Our hearts go out to you," he says.

He says no one should be forced to live in fear, no matter their race or religion, their politics or their beliefs.

The British and Irish Lions rugby team touring New Zealand heard about the attacks as they attended a welcoming ceremony in Waitangi on Sunday.

Lions tour manager John Spencer said the team had just came out of the Maori welcome when they received the news.

"Our boys are extremely shocked about it," he said.

Captain Sam Warburton said the team would dedicate their remaining fixtures on the tour to the victims.

Last month Britain's terror threat level was raised to critical after a bomb exploded outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 22 people.

In March four pedestrians were killed when a car struck pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. A police officer was killed by the driver who was then fatally shot by police.

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