- Isis claims responsibility for attack
- Police arrest 12 people in Barking on Sunday in connection with the attack
- Attack is ‘not connected by common networks’ to Manchester or Westminster
- Three men committed the attack – UK’s third terror attack in as many months
- Trio sped white van along London Bridge, then crashed into pub
- They then ran towards Borough Market with knives, stabbing ‘indiscriminately’
The Isis terror group has claimed responsibility for the London Bridge terror attack which killed seven and left 21 fighting for their lives.
The terrorists brought carnage to the streets of the capital on Saturday night, mowing down pedestrians with a van on London Bridge before stabbing a police officer and revellers around Borough Market with 12-inch knives.
One of the attackers shouted “this is for Allah” as he knifed a man near a pub.
The head of the SITE intelligence group says the terror group claimed its fighters carried out the attack.
As the world was left reeling from the third UK terror atrocity in as many months, police are working to try and establish whether the attackers were part of a wider network.
The identities of the three attackers who were shot dead at the scene have not been released.
12 people were arrested on Sunday in Barking, east London, in connection with the attack, with one reportedly “shot or tasered” during the dramatic swoop.
Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick declined to give any details about the identities of the attackers, but said a large investigation was underway to work out whether anyone else was working with them, or helping to plan the attack.
“Obviously a very high priority for us is to identify them, work out who they are, where they’ve came from, what is behind this,” she said.
The attackers ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge in a white van on Saturday night, before carrying on to Borough Market where they got out and started stabbing people with 12-inch knives.
The men, wearing explosive vests that later turned out to be fake, were reportedly shouting: “this is for Allah” as they carried out their rampage in the capital.
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The Metropolitan Police Service said 12 people were arrested in Barking, east London, in connection with the attack with at least one person “shot or tasered” by police, according to shocked neighbours.
They told how the man, believed to be in his 20s, was brought down in the street by police when he tried to run away.
Bona Mapianda, 26, who lives opposite the Elizabeth Fry flats in King’s Road, Barking, said he went outside after being woken by what he thought were “three gunshots.”
He said: “I went out and saw about 12 masked, armed police stood around the building. Three people were handcuffed and lying on the ground. Police were holding guns over them. It was terrifying to see.
“A fourth man ran off and was either shot or tasered by police, I could not see.
“They were here for about 20 minutes and then normal uniformed police arrived – the handcuffed men were put in a van which sped off. ”
When asked if any of the suspects were shot or tasered during the arrests, a Met Police spokeswoman said police were “not prepared to comment further.”
Video footage shows a woman in a burka being removed from the Elizabeth Fry Apartments on a stretcher.
Mr Mapianda added: “I also saw a woman in a burka being put in an ambulance. It’s so shocking to think terrorists live on your doorstep.”
Some neighbours at the flats said a photograph of one of the attackers resembled a man who lived there.
Veronica Oladapo, 45, who lives in the neighbouring Forresters Apartments, said she left her building at around 7am to see police taking four men and a woman away.
Damien Pettit, who lives in the same block in east London, told Sky News a photo of one of the alleged attackers looked like a man who had lived in the block for three years, though he couldn’t be sure.
He said: “If it is, I am completely shocked. He is a member of the community, it very much is that, a very affable person so it is a complete shock.”
“I am kind of absorbing this at the moment because I can’t understand how it could have been him.”
More than five hours after the first arrests, a woman in a burka was reportedly led into a police van parked outside the flats.https://www.yahoo.com/terror-london-impact-uk-general-105815437.html?format=embed®ion=US&lang=en-US&site=news&expType=wordpressrelatedvideo
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