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Police know identities of London Bridge terrorists
CTB News: 05/06/2017 - 08:56
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has revealed that the force know the identities of the three attackers who killed seven people and injured 48 in an attack on London Bridge on 3 June.
The police said the names of the attackers, who were shot dead by police, would be released ‘as soon as operationally possible’ as officers continued to work to establish if they were part of a wider network.
The attack saw a van strike pedestrians on London Bridge, continuing to drive from London Bridge to Borough Market, where the three terrorists attacked innocent and unarmed civilians with blades and knives. The terrorists were confronted and shot by armed officers within 8 minutes of the police receiving the first emergency call.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Dick shared that a ‘huge amount’ of forensic material and evidence had been seized from the van used during the attack and from a number of police raids. A ‘number of people’ were detained following police raids in Newham and Barking, in East London, on 4 June.
Speaking on the morning after the attack, Sunday 4 June, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Last night, our country fell victim to a brutal terrorist attack once again. As so often in such serious situations, the police responded with great courage and great speed. Seven people have died as a result of the attack, in addition to the 3 suspects shot dead by the police.
“We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are. As a country, our response must be as it has always been when we have been confronted by violence. We must come together, we must pull together, and united we will take on and defeat our enemies.”
The so-called Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.