IS claims responsibility for London terror attack

Claudine Rigal
Juin 5, 2017

Ms Archibald, from Castlegar in British Columbia, was among seven people who died when three terrorists used a van to plough into pedestrians on London Bridge before embarking on a knife rampage through the nearby Borough Market.

Seven people were killed and almost 50 more were injured in the rampage. British police said 21 remained in critical condition Sunday night.

Islamic State's statement Sunday from its Aamaq news agency claimed the group's "fighters" were responsible, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the attack was "a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners and visitors to our city enjoying their Saturday night", adding: "There is no justification whatsoever for such barbaric acts". May said outside No. 10 Downing St.

Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday's election wouldn't be halted by the latest attack, because "violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process".

Mrs. May said the elections would proceed as planned.

She echoed the Tory manifesto pledge to have stricter regulation of the internet to clamp down on terrorism - an idea dismissed by experts as "politically convenient" and "lazy".

"There's a gap in our laws", Mr.

Steven Fielding, professor of politics at the University of Nottingham, said it was "about as close as you can get to a campaign speech while pretending to be uniting the nation at this moment of crisis".

"We will not defeat these evil extremists by force".

Just like the people of Manchester - struck by a suicide bombing which killed 22 people less than two weeks earlier - Londoners rallied together.

This is the third attack in Britain in as many months.

"We're deeply saddened to hear about last night's horrific attacks in London and our thoughts are with everyone affected", said Greater Manchester Police's Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan. Canadian entertainer Justin Bieber is expected to perform.

"We're stronger than we've been before", Miss Grande belted out from the stage.

"At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'" the USA president said in one tweet.

A large area on the south bank of the River Thames remained cordoned off Sunday, and police told people to avoid the area.

"The suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests", Rowley said.

Asst Commissioner Rowley said police were making "significant progress" and had found the white van was hired shortly before the attack.

He said he believed there were more than three attackers.

He has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump's ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police - including armed officers - on the streets.

An Australian and four French nationals were among those hospitalised, their governments said, while a Spaniard was slightly wounded. The attack unfolded quickly, and police said officers had shot and killed the three attackers within eight minutes.

"I am humbled by the bravery of an officer who will rush towards a potential suicide bomber thinking only of protecting others", he said.

"And the Mayors of the US whose cities have been hit with an attack of hate and murder have an even more personal feeling for London Mayor Khan". He promoted a proposed travel ban on visitors from six mostly Muslim countries and refugees from around the world that has been blocked by US courts.

In another tweet, Trump said "We need to be smart, vigilant and tough". "And we need to do everything we can at home to reduce the risks of extremism online".

Mr. Trump warned that political correctness was standing in the way of improved security.

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