TERRORISM

Reporter's Notebook: After bridge attack, London knocked but not down

This one hit home, again. Literally.

For the second time in three months, I’m reporting on a terror attack within commuting distance of my apartment in London. First, it was Westminster Bridge and Big Ben. Now, the London Bridge and environs.

And the attacks are coming even faster now.

I was actually up in Manchester, England covering a benefit concert for yet another attack there and had to drive back to London late Saturday night to cover the latest horror. Seven people were killed in the attack and dozens of others were injured. 

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I seem often to report that the particular terror attack was especially terrible. And I'm right. Because they all are.

This one was particularly ugly. And we're only now learning all the details.

The first part of this terror act we've sadly seen before. A crazed vehicle mauling defenseless pedestrians. This time on the busy London Bridge.

The second half of this latest brutality defies description. The three men left the vehicle and with knives said to be as long as a foot and went on a stabbing spree through a busy London nightlife area nearby. Slashing throats and plunging their blades into stomachs multiple times. Bloodied victims stumbling into pubs clutching their wounds. All, according to eyewitnesses and the attackers, in the name of Allah (God in Arabic).

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The other aspect of this story is the locals who stood up to the terrorists and bravely tried to bring them down. Often at great risk and harm to themselves. Something only that would be achieved by London police gunmen.

It should be mentioned what some are noting on Twitter and in opeds is also true. London has been knocked. But it's not down. ‎The city has faced terror and even war in the past. It has a resiliency of spirit that is unmatched.

It's also true that the authorities and the residents here are most definitely pondering a new danger in their midst. A new kind of hybrid Islamist terrorism often without rhyme or reason. And the answer as to how to deal with it is not readily apparent.

In between live shots today I did a walking tour of the outskirts of the cordoned-off perimeter of the terror zone. A pretty long walk! I thanked officers for their work, steered visitors to spots ‎to lay flowers, and pondered how my adopted city would deal with this latest challenge.

Greg Palkot currently serves as a London-based senior foreign affairs correspondent for Fox News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in 1998 as a correspondent. Follow him on Twitter@GregPalkot.