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New raids, ‘several’ arrests for terror attack at London Bridge: Police

London police carried out more raids as part of its counter terrorism investigation into Saturday night’s attack.

world Updated: Jun 05, 2017 12:38 IST
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Police guard a cordon on the north side of London Bridge, after attackers rammed a hired van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby killing and injuring people, in London on June 4, 2017. (Reuters Photo)

British police on Monday made several arrests in two dawn raids following the London attack claimed by the Islamic State group which left seven people dead.

“At around 4:15 on Monday... officers from the counter-terrorism command investigating the London Bridge terror attack entered two further addresses: one in Newham and another in Barking. A number of people have been detained and are at present being spoken to,” a statement said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will hold a meeting of the government’s emergency security committee to discuss the response to the third attack in Britain in less than three months.

British police had arrested a dozen people on Sunday in a widening terrorism investigation after attackers using a van and large knives killed seven people in the heart of London.

The country’s major political parties temporarily suspended campaigning with only days to go before the general election. May said the vote would take place as scheduled Thursday because “violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process.”

London police said officers killed the attackers within eight minutes of arriving at the scene. Eight officers fired some 50 rounds, said Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, the force’s head of counterterrorism.

First Published: Jun 05, 2017 12:31 IST