London: Eight people were arrested in raids across London and Birmingham on Thursday after a terror attack on the UK Parliament in the heart of Westminster killed four people, including the ISIS attacker who was inspired by ‘Islamist ideology’ and known to British secret services “We are not afraid…An act of terrorism tried to silence our democracy, but today we meet as normal,” Prime Minister Theresa May told the packed House of Commons which reopened with a minute’s silence a day after the attack.
“What I can confirm is that the man was British born and that-some years ago-he was once investigated in relation to concerns about violent extremism. He was a peripheral figure,” she told sombre-looking lawmakers. Three people were killed and 40 injured when the attacker mowed down pedestrians on a bridge and stabbed to death a police officer outside parliament complex before being shot dead by Scotland Yard officers on Wednesday.
“It is still believed that this attacker acted alone, and the police have no reason to believe there are imminent further attacks on the public. His identity is known to the police and MI5, and when operational considerations allow, he will be publicly identified. Our working assumption is that the attacker was inspired by Islamist ideology,” May said.
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Eight people have been arrested during raids across London and Birmingham.
A single attacker drove his vehicle at speed into innocent pedestrians who were crossing Westminster Bridge, killing two people and injuring around 40 more.
There was no prior intelligence of attacker’s intent–or of the plot. Intensive investigations continue.
Medical attention being provided to an injured on the south side of Westminster Bridge, close to the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday. PTI
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