Sunday, 22 October, 2017

Islamic State group claims responsibility for London terror attack

Marta Holmes | 08 June, 2017, 01:13

Alerts are made available in the United Kingdom through the police national computer and to Border Force officers at immigration controls.

London police arrested 12 people in the Barking district of east London on Sunday in connection with the attack and raids were continuing there, the force said. "He also used the name Rachid Elkhdar, with a different date of birth" showing him as 25 years old, police said.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said she wouldn't release further details in what she described as a fast-moving investigation.

"A very high priority for us is to try to understand whether they were working with anybody else", she told BBC television.

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. "She had room in her heart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected", the family said.

"The police and security services must get the resources they need, not 20,000 police cuts", he said.

On Tuesday morning, the third and final London Bridge attacker was named as Youssef Zaghba, a Moroccan-Italian man.

The rampage followed a suicide bombing that killed 22 adults and children at a pop concert in Manchester two weeks ago, and an attack in March when five people died after a vehicle was driven into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge.

May said the three recent attacks, which have claimed at least 34 lives, are not thought to be connected.

"We spoke about a particular attack that happened and, like most radicals, he had a justification for anything - everything and anything. One whole day", she said.

He said no action was taken.

A Spanish citizen and one Australian were also injured. Al-Muhajiroun has also been linked to Michael Adebolajo, one of the men convicted of slaying British soldier Lee Rigby near a military barracks in southeast London in 2013.

Among those stabbed was a London Transport Police officer, who was one of the first responders on the scene and received injuries to his face.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was "heartbroken" to learn of Ms Archibald's death.

Two, Candice Hedge from Brisbane and Andrew Morrison from Darwin, are among the injured after both were stabbed. Both of the men resided in Barking, an East London suburb.

May said Sunday that police had recently foiled five other plots. The main political parties halted national campaigning Sunday but were expected to resume Monday, and officials said the election wouldn't be canceled or postponed. The threat level had been raised to "critical" in the days after the Manchester attack.

Meanwhile, controversy over the UK's counter-terror efforts spread to border security after claims emerged that another of the perpetrators was let into the country despite being on a security watch list.

Saturday's attack was the third in as many months involving suspects who had been on the radar of British authorities.

Uber has previously taken heat for allowing surge pricing during terror attacks, most notably after a bomb injured dozens of people in New York City in September 2016.

The aim of the three attackers last night is abundantly clear - not only did they want to kill, but they wanted to lose their own lives.

Security had become a battleground issue ahead of Thursday's general election following the Manchester bombing last month, in which 22 people were killed as they left an Ariana Grande concert.


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