Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Trump slams "political correctness", London mayor in wake of attack

Terror hit the United Kingdom again on Saturday, just a few days ahead of its general election, with two attacks on Saturday night in London, in which seven people were killed and 48 wounded, while three terrorists were shot dead by the police.

The van continued on to nearby Borough Market, a popular outdoor market, similar to Terminal Reading Market in Philadelphia, where three attackers emerged and carried out multiple stabbings.

"The suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later established to be hoaxes", said Mark Rowley, Met Police Assistant Commissioner and the UK's anti-terrorism lead.

"It covers the whole range from identifying radicalised people, through to reacting to incidents", she said, adding that what potential terrorists "had in their heads" was hard to know. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks.

Seven people died Saturday.

Counterterrorism officers raided several addresses in Barking, an east London suburb, and arrested 12 people there Sunday, police said.

May said Thursday's general election will go ahead as scheduled. May had earlier chaired a meeting of Cobra, the government's emergency committee.

She said the recent terror attacks in Britain, while not directly linked, "are bound together by the single evil ideology of Islamist extremism".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement that her thoughts were with victims and their families and that Germany "stood firmly and resolutely at Great Britain's side against every form of terrorism".

The fourth area was the counter-terrorism strategy, which May said was robust but needed to be reviewed in light of the changing threat.

Elizabeth O'Neill - mother of 23-year-old Daniel O'Neill, who was stabbed - said her son had a seven-inch wound from the knife attack.

Did you see the London Bridge terror attack, or know anyone involved? "Enough is enough", she said as she announced a raft of initiatives to tackle the terror threat.

Police arrest 12 in connection to London Bridge attacks
ET), London Metropolitan officers responded to reports of a vehicle colliding with pedestrians on London Bridge . Medics treated the injured near the market as shocked people cried and shouted around them.

She also said the people need to be more vigilant in identifying and stamping out extremism across society.

Work to inform the next of kin of the victims is ongoing - this may take some time, as we believe some of these victims are from overseas, 36 people remain in hospital, suffering from a range of injuries - some of which are extremely serious.

These terrorist attacks are against human values and deserve utmost condemnation in every possible way, said a Foreign Office statement.

The city's transportation authority, Transport for London, shut down the bridge in both directions.

She added: "It's absolutely terrifying - we don't expect it in this area, it's so multicultural and diverse, there's no racism". Candidates have suspended campaigning for the Sunday, but they will resume Monday.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the attackers hoped to disrupt democracy and hamper plans for voting, but that would not happen. "We will never let these cowards win and we will never be cowed by terrorism".

Witnesses have described seeing a speeding vehicle veer into crowds on London Bridge just after 10pm and people being stabbed in Borough Market.

"In the other case, we are continuing to make inquiries".

US President Donald Trump said: "Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the UK, we will be there - WE ARE WITH YOU".

Federal courts have blocked Trump's travel ban on six mostly Muslim countries and refugees from anywhere in the world.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condemned the attacks in London, terming them as "shocking".

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