British prime minister says country must do more to combat Islamic extremism

Police officers with riot shields on Borough High Street
Police officers with riot shields on Borough High Street

05 June, 2017

Three attackers who plowed a van into pedestrians at the London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby Borough Market on Saturday were shot dead by police.

The Islamic State said a "soldier" from the group carried out the attack.

British police arrested 12 people Sunday in connection with the attacks in London that left seven people dead, after raiding several addresses in Barking, a suburb to the east of the capital.

The BBC reported that police arrested a man who "was handcuffed and had his shirt off" after the van traveled from central London toward the south end of the River Thames.

Three men fled the van with large knives and attacked people at bars and restaurants in nearby Borough Market, police and witnesses said.

The attack lasted about eight minutes, police said, but seven people were killed and at least 48 were hospitalized.

Prime Minister Theresa May and President Trump were briefed with updates.

"We're monitoring the situation in London and we're in touch with British authorities", New York Police Department spokesman J. Peter Donald said.

President Donald Trump has vowed to do whatever necessary to protect the USA and its allies from a "vile enemy" that has "waged war" on innocent lives, his first public comments after the van and knife attack in London. "We will have increased patrols in many areas by the police, and these will as you would expect include armed officers", Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick, said in a statement. "There was a vehicle with a loudspeaker saying "go, go" and they (police) threw a grenade. and then I ran", he said.

Floral tributes line the pavement outside Monument underground station in the London Bridge area of London, Monday, June 5, 2017.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has claimed responsibility for the attack on Saturday, according to a security source to Aamaq agency.

He says Canada strongly condemns the senseless attack and stands united with the British people. It is not clear if campaigning will resume in the final days before the vote.

The secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, Harun Khan, also condemned the attack.

Less than two weeks ago, a suicide bomber killed 22 people including children at a concert by USA singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.

"We believe we are experiencing a new trend in the threat we face as terrorism breeds terrorism", she said.

"The Mayor is busy working with the police, emergency services, and the government to coordinate the response to this horrific and cowardly terrorist attack and provide leadership and reassurance to Londoners and visitors to our city", the spokesman said.

Trump was quickly criticized on social media for politicizing the terror attack to defend one of his more controversial policies.

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