IS claims responsibility for the London Bridge attack

RSTV Bureau
London : A small child lays flowers at a corner tribute in the London Bridge area of London, Sunday, June 4, 2017. Police specialists collected evidence in the heart of London after a series of attacks described as terrorism killed several people and injured more than 40 others. AP/PTI

London : A small child lays flowers at a corner tribute in the London Bridge area of London, Sunday, June 4, 2017. Police specialists collected evidence in the heart of London after a series of attacks described as terrorism killed several people and injured more than 40 others. AP/PTI

British police have arrested a dozen people in connection with the terror attacks that shook London on late on Saturday evening. Attackers had used a van to mow down people and in a separate knife attack killed seven people and injured several others in the heart of London. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the deaths.

Although three attackers were killed, authorities looked through video footage to investigate if they had accomplices. Counter terrorism officers raided several addresses in Barking, an east London suburb, and arrested 12 people on Sunday evening, police said.

Armed officers also conducted a raid in the East Ham area of the city.

Forty-eight people, including two police officers, were treated at hospitals. Twenty-one remained in critical condition on Sunday. Several victims were foreign nationals.

It was the third attack in Britain this year that Islamic State has claimed after a similar attack on Westminister Bridge in March and the Manchester concert bombing two weeks ago.

The country’s major political parties, Prime Minister Theresa May temporarily suspended campaigning for the June 8 general elections.

May said the vote would take place as scheduled Thursday because “violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process.”

Late on Saturday a rented van veered off the road and barreled into pedestrians on busy London Bridge. Three men then got out of the vehicle with large knives and attacked people at bars and restaurants in nearby Borough Market until they were shot dead by police.

“They went ‘This is for Allah,’ and they had a woman on the floor. They were stabbing her,” witness Gerard Vowls said.

Florin Morariu, a Romanian chef who works in the Bread Ahead bakery, said he saw people running and some fainting. Then two people approached another person and “began to stick the knife
in … and then I froze and I didn’t know what to do.”

London police said officers killed the attackers within eight minutes of arriving at the scene.

The three attackers Saturday were wearing what appeared to be suicide belts, but the belts turned out to be fake.

(With inputs from agencies)