Tech firms react to United Kingdom leader's call for curbs

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 5, 2017

London Mayor Sadiq Khan - elected previous year and the first Muslim to head a major Western capital - had earlier said Britons should not be alarmed to see a higher police presence on the streets of London following the incident.

Three knife-wielding attackers in fake suicide vests have unleashed a terror rampage in London, plowing a van into pedestrians on the iconic London Bridge before stabbing revellers in a nearby market, killing seven people for which UK Prime Minister Theresa May blamed the "evil ideology of Islamist extremism".

London police said Sunday six civilians were killed in addition to three assailants in the attacks on and near the London Bridge.

London mayor Sadiq Khan has "more important things to do" than responding to a tweet by US President Donald Trump, censuring him in the wake of terror in the British capital, his spokesperson says.

In another tweet, Trump wrote: "Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now?"

Detailed instructions have been issued via propaganda magazines, videos and social media on how to launch mass casualty attacks using vehicles and knives. See what J.K. Rowling, Mayim Bialik, Dustin Lance Bass, George Takei, Katie Couric, and more had to say, below.

The election is just four days away, and many people have already voted by postal ballot. Trump told his 31.4 million Twitter followers.

Thursday's United Kingdom general election will forge ahead as planned, May said, though most major parties temporarily suspended campaigning in the wake of the London attack. He said he threw chairs, glasses and bottles at the attackers in a bid to stop them.

Authorities reportedly neutralized the three London terrorist attackers with "unprecedented" firepower.

Ariana Grande, the US singer whose May 22 concert in Manchester, England was hit by a suicide bombing that killed 22 people and wounded 116, tweeted "Praying for London" after Saturday's attacks.

"The recent attacks are not connected, but we believe we are experiencing a new trend in the threat that we face, as terrorism breeds terrorism", May said.

Mark Roberts, the witness on the bridge, said the van was traveling south across the River Thames at a high rate of speed and was swerving as it struck several people, knocking one person "about 20 feet into the air".

Grande, who is due to headline a star-studded concert in Manchester late Sunday for the victims of the May 22 attack, tweeted: "Praying for London".

"Canadians stand united with the British people. Terror and hate will never triumph". Police shot and killed all three suspects.

Google said that it "shares the government's commitment to ensuring terrorists do not have a voice online" and said it was working with its partners to "to tackle these challenging and complex problems".

Mr Rowley also confirmed that a member of the public had been shot during the operation and was receiving treatment in hospital.

Congressman Joe Crowley tweeted: "Horrified by news out of #London".

The attack came only minutes after the end of the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus, in an area teeming with bars where many fans were watching the football on television.

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