May says United Kingdom too tolerant of extremism; 12 arrests made in London

May says United Kingdom too tolerant of extremism; 12 arrests made in London

Three knife-wielding attackers in fake suicide vests unleashed a terror rampage in the British capital, plowing a van into pedestrians on the iconic London Bridge before stabbing revellers in nearby Borough market, killing seven people for which Prime Minister Theresa May blamed the "evil ideology of Islamist extremism".

A "detachment of fighters from Islamic state carried out London attacks yesterday" the Aamaq news agency said, referring to Saturday's assault which saw three men in a van plough into pedestrians on London Bridge before going on a stabbing spree. Eight officers fired some 50 rounds, said Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, the force's head of counterterrorism.

While the visit would be meant to show solidarity many critics argue that it would come at a bad time, following the attacks and with the general election on June 8.

Witnesses told Sky News and the BBC that the attackers shouted "This is for Allah".

The attack in central London came just weeks after a suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester left 22 dead, and it recalled an attack in March when a man drove a vehicle into pedestrians near the seat of Parliament, killing five. "That's because they used knives and a truck!" said Trump.

A charity concert on June 4 was held for victims of the Manchester attack, featuring Grande, Justin Bieber, and other stars.

Rhiannon Owen, a student nurse studying in London, said she was standing at a cash machine when a taxi driver saved her life.

Trump also spoke with British Prime Minister Theresa May to offer condolences and offered Washington's "full support", the White House said in a statement.

"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.

"Our Commander in Chief should be directing support to a vital United States ally, not using horrendous attack to stoke fear & hate", she tweeted.

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Khan said Sunday that Londoners should all remain vigilant as the terrorist threat level is severe.

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation hospital said it was "on lockdown" to keep patients, relatives and staff safe, while a picture on social media showed armed police outside the Andaz Hotel in Liverpool Street, where the walking wounded were reportedly taken. "People running everywhere, police shouting to run away". "I walk into a pub and say 'Someone help me, I've been stabbed",' he said on the video.

Amid the violence and fear were stories of compassion and heroism.

"(They're) trying to poison the religion from the inside and threaten all of our way of life.

Here's what we know so far about the victims, who reflect London's global community.

Witnesses described how passers-by threw chairs and beer glasses at the attackers in an attempt to stop them.

French President Emmanuel Macron says French citizens are among the wounded in Saturday's London attack.

"A lot of people suffered and I had some second thoughts coming, especially with what happened last night in London", ticket holder Abdullah Mala, 34, told AFP.

"I am kind of absorbing this at the moment because I can't understand how it could have been him". And he looked at me.

"Then I was screaming at them, picking up bottles from a beer barrel".

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