New raids, 'several' arrests over London attack

Cheryl Sanders
June 5, 2017

Trump commented on the vehicle and knife attack that killed at least seven people in London at the conclusion of a Sunday night fundraiser for Ford's Theater, scene of one of the most famous acts of bloodshed in American history: the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

VICTIMS of the London Bridge terror attacks will be remembered in a vigil later today - and here is everything you need to know about the event.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday the three terrorist attacks in Britain in the last three months are "bound together by the evil ideology of Islamist extremism".

The attack has killed seven people and injured 48 people.

"They're operating within their communities, and some of these communities are so insular that - unless there are spies within these neighborhoods - it's really tough to ferret this stuff out beforehand", said Colin Clarke, a terrorism expert at the RAND Corp. and associate at the Initiative on the Study of Emerging Threats at New York University's Center for Global Affairs. The driver and two attackers then jumped out of the van and began stabbing people in the market.

"Three awful attacks in three months have created serious damage to the U.K.'s brand and image as a travel destination", said Henry Harteveldt, an independent travel analyst based in San Francisco.

The three men, who wore fake suicide vests, were shot to death by police.

Islamic State, which is losing territory in Syria and Iraq to an offensive backed by a US -led coalition, said its militants were responsible for the attack, though it is unclear what links the attackers had to the group.

A Reuters photographer saw four women being removed from an apartment block in Barking, shielding their faces as they stepped into police vans. But she said "terrorism breeds terrorism" and the perpetrators are "copying one another".

May, who served as Britain's interior minister from 2010 to 2016, said there was too much tolerance of extremism in Britain.

Her main opponent, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, backed calls for her resignation over the police cuts.

U.S. President Donald Trump, taking to Twitter on Sunday, urged the world to stop being "politically correct" in order to ensure public security against terrorism.

The country's major political parties temporarily suspended campaigning with only days to go before the general election.

Last night in London my baby brother lost the love of his life on the London bridge.

One off-duty officer remains in the hospital and in serious condition.

At several points outside the cordon, people placed flowers and messages of grief and solidarity.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the city's "anger and grief" was indescribable.

It was recently downgraded having been raised in light of the Manchester attacks. "His lawyers tried to justify it by saying it wasn't a travel ban, that it was just extreme vetting", Cardin told CNN. "I appreciate this has been a terrifying experience for many people, and I would like to thank the people affected in that area for their forbearance as we carry out our work".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin were among those who sent messages of condolence and made statements of solidarity. Both the Westminster and Manchester attackers were British-born.

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