#AceNewsReport – June.04: As a #OneLoveForManchester concert in Trafford Park takes place tonight the MET releases @metpoliceuk: Casualty Bureau remains open on 0800 096 1233 #LondonBridge #BoroughMarket https://t.co/C1kuXmEWt9 https://t.co/EKjWKEsd67
British police arrested a dozen people Sunday in a widening terrorism investigation after attackers used a van and large knives to kill seven people in London, and the county’s major political parties temporarily suspended campaigning with only days to go before the general election.
Prime Minister Theresa May said the vote would take place as scheduled Thursday because “violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process.” The assault unfolded over a few terrifying minutes late Saturday, starting when 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 fatally shot by police.
London police said officers killed the attackers within eight minutes of arriving at the scene.
Counterterrorism officers raided several addresses in Barking, an east London suburb, and arrested 12 people there Sunday, police said.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the Manchester bombing, but there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the London attack, which the prime minister linked to Islamic extremism.
Hours earlier, the area packed with bars and restaurants around the foodie magnet of Borough Market had been a scene of panic, as people barricaded themselves in pubs and restaurants or fled through the streets. Police officers yelled at people to run from the area, and blasts were heard as officers performed a series of controlled explosions.
Richard Angell, who was in a restaurant, said he looked out, “and opposite there’s a guy who is throwing a table at somebody and it’s very unclear about what is happening and it turns out to be a heroic guy who saw what was happening and just bombarded these terrible cowardly people with stuff.” #AceNewsDesk
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