A woman's death on London Bridge propels acts of kindness

Nick Mcbride
June 6, 2017

Located in the multi-ethnic area of Barking, the flat where British media reported the man lived was raided by police on Sunday and an AFP photographer saw women in headscarves being taken out - their faces covered.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said she wouldn't release further details in what she described as a fast-moving investigation, including whether authorities were familiar with the men before the attack.

Trump has lambasted Khan on Twitter, accusing him of making a "pathetic excuse", for saying that Londoners should not be alarmed by the sight of additional police on the streets of the capital following the attack that killed seven people.

As the investigation continued, armed officers carried out two separate raids on Monday morning, one in Newham and another in Barking.

London's Metropolitan Police on Monday named Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane as two of the suspected attackers.

The department adds that while Butt "was known to the police and MI5", the agencies had no reason to believe he was involved in planning the attack.

With the London attack dominating attention, a reduction in the number of police officers in England and Wales by nearly 20,000 during May's six years as interior minister from 2010 to 2016 shot to the top of the election agenda. Redouane, a Moroccan-Libyan, had been living in Dublin until late 2016, according to Irish police sources.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the brazen attack that started on London Bridge, where three attackers drove a rented white van onto a sidewalk and into pedestrians.

"I thought he was shot or Tasered, there was definitely a Taser over his head", he said, referring to the electric stun guns used by British police.

Scotland Yard Commissioner Cressida Dick said authorities were confronting a "new reality" after three deadly assaults hit the United Kingdom in 10 weeks. They said bottles were found that were filled with a colourless liquid and rags coming out of the top.

"London stands in defiance", said Khan.

Candice Hedge's father tells The Courier Mail (http://bit.ly/2s9xPF6) that his daughter was hiding under a table at a restaurant when one of the attackers came up behind her and slashed her throat with a knife.

Inquiries are ongoing to confirm the identity of their accomplice, police said.

All of it happened in just eight minutes, and though police have won praise for their response, it has led to a political fight certain to dominate the waning days before Thursday's national elections.

Prime Minister Theresa May said the attackers were driven by "Islamist extremism".

Forty-eight people were injured, 18 of whom remained in a critical condition on Monday.

Seven people were killed.

She and Mayor Sadiq Khan visited London Bridge as commuters returned to work after some security cordons were removed, and hundreds of mourners turned out later for a vigil on nearby Tower Bridge.

The three men, who wore fake suicide vests, were shot to death by police.

She said authorities are "unable to formally identify him until the coroner's report begins tomorrow". He said, "I don't think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the U.S. in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for", as quoted by The Guardian.

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