London attack: More detentions in hunt for accomplices

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05 June, 2017

"She would have no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death", the Archibald family said, requesting that she be honored by people working to make their communities a better place.

The attackers ran people over with a van on London Bridge, then three assailants lunged with knives seemingly at random at crowds gathered around Borough Market, which is full of restaurants and bars.

"London is known to be stoical after the previous attacks that took place in the city, notably the seven attacks that targeted public transportation in 2005", he added.

Islamic State has claimed the responsibility, as per media reports.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement strongly condemning the attack.

The Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrats also announced that they were temporarily suspending their campaigns, but Paul Nuttall, the leader of the anti-immigration UKIP, refused to do so "because this is precisely what the extremists would want us to do".

"Perpetrators are inspired to attack not only on the basis of carefully constructed plots. and not even as lone attackers radicalised online, but by copying one another and often using the crudest of means of attack".

A friend of one of the attackers also told the BBC Asian Network he had reported him to the anti-terror hotline after he began expressing increasingly radical views and justifying terror attacks, but the man said he was never arrested.

The Canadian government is advising citizens to be vigilant in the wake of the attack.

London police arrested 12 people in the Barking district of east London in connection with the attack and raids were continuing there, the force said.

"Eight police firearms officers discharged their weapons".

She said providing more firearms for London police wouldn't be a sensible solution to the increased tempo of attacks, saying the strategy of having special mobile units of heavily armed officers is effective.

Former vice president and 2000 Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore said on CNN's "State of the Union: "I don't think that a major terrorist attack like this is the time to be divisive and to criticize a mayor who's trying to organize his city's response to this attack".

Earlier in the day, Mr. Trump cited the London attacks to push his March 6 executive order that would temporarily ban entry into the US of people from six predominantly Muslim countries. 21 out of the 48 injured were in a critical condition after the attack.

A similar attack in March on Westminster bridge, carried out by 52-year-old Briton Khaled Massood, killed four people and injured more than 50.

She said police know the identity of the three attackers but will not release them yet because of the ongoing investigation.

"As I was across the road I saw a man stabbing the woman".

London police said more officers - armed and unarmed - would be deployed across the city, and there would be additional security measures on London's bridges.


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