Police raid flat of one of London Bridge attackers

Police raid flat of one of London Bridge attackers

Twelve people have been arrested in Barking in east London and raids are going on elsewhere.

May, facing an election Thursday, said the recent attacks, including an earlier one outside Parliament in March, are not directly connected, but that "terrorism breeds terrorism" and attackers copy one another. The US president also seems to think the attack speaks against gun control.

The attacks came less than two weeks after a suicide bomber killed 22 people, including children, at a concert by United States singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.

Militants drove a van at high speed into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing Saturday night revelers on the street and in nearby bars, killing at least six people and wounding more than 30.

All three terrorists, who were wearing fake explosives vests, were shot dead by armed police at the market. "In two or five seconds, they shot all the three men down", Sciotto told the BBC.

"There was a vehicle with a loudspeaker saying "go, go" and they (police) threw a grenade. and then I ran", he said.

Witnesses reported seeing a vehicle travelling at about 80km/h strike people walking along the pavement.

Mr Pettit said he had seen a photo which appeared to show "one of the attackers upside down on the floor wearing camouflage pants, which he (the neighbour) was wearing two days ago". Congressman Eliot L Engel, ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said the U.S. "must stand ready to help our ally track down the perpetrators and swiftly bring them to justice".

On May 22, a British suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured dozens at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

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Witnesses at the Elliot restaurant in Borough Market described seeing large groups of people running up the street - as it became apparent an attack was underway.

Trump was widely criticised for his first reaction to the news from London, in which he retweeted an unsubstantiated headline from the conservative Drudge Report website and then said: "We need to be smart, vigilant and tough".

United States President Donald Trump has also offered help to the UK. Police said the event would still take place, with additional security in place. "It looked to me that the van was aiming at the people".

The Met Police are "increasingly confident" the three attackers were the only ones involved in Saturday night's carnage and officers are making "significant progress" in identifying the trio.

"We're deeply saddened to hear about last night's horrific attacks in London and our thoughts are with everyone affected", said Greater Manchester Police's Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan.

The assailant, Khalid Masood, 52, of West Midlands, reportedly had a criminal record and may have had connections to violent extremism, British Prime Minister Theresa May said.

Certain people are more likely to be inspired to commit acts of violence after being exposed to propaganda, and reaching out to them is critical to preventing lone-wolf terror attacks, he said. "We stand with you all", he said. "People running everywhere, police shouting to run away". I went 'Oi, oi cowards!' - something like that to them. London's Metropolitan Police said they first responded to the bridge at 10:08 p.m. (5:08 p.m. ET). It was 30 minutes before police came to escort them out.

Police activity spread throughout the Borough Market area.