Twelve people have been arrested in connection with the terrorist attack last night in London which left seven people dead and 48 injured. The arrests took place in Barking in the east of the city at a house that belonged to one of the attackers, according to the BBC. Twenty-one people remain in critical condition in hospital following the attack that began when a white van hit pedestrians on London Bridge at around 10 pm Last night. Three attackers armed with knives and wearing fake suicide vests then stabbed a number of people in the nearby Borough market area. Within eight minutes of police being alerted to the situation they had arrived and shot the three men who all died at the scene. Among those killed and injured were Canadian, French, Australian, and New Zealand citizens, including one man who was hit by a stray bullet fired by police.
Last night’s attack comes less than two weeks after Salman Abedi, a British Muslim of Libyan descent blew himself up at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester killing 23 people. In a similar attack in March, Khalid Masood killed 4 people and injured 50 others when he mounted the pavement in his car on Westminster bridge before crashing into a perimeter gate at the Houses of Parliament where he then stabbed a policeman before being shot dead by an armed officer. Police have identified the three men who carried out last night’s attack but have not yet released their names to the media.
Referring to the string of attacks Prime Minister Theresa May said, “While the recent attacks are not connected by common networks, they are connected in one important sense: they are bound together by the single evil ideology of Islamist extremism that preaches hatred, sows division and promotes sectarianism.” Calling it one of the “great challenges of our time” the Prime Minister said that it can not be done by military intervention alone, but by making would-be terrorists understand that “pluralistic British values are superior to anything offered by the preacher of supporters of hate.” The Prime Minister also confirmed that UK General election due to take place on June 8 will go ahead, with campaigning to resume tomorrow.