Ever since the attack began on London Bridge late Saturday night, police have been working non-stop. As of Sunday evening, the Metropolitan Police had reported 12 arrests in connection with the attack, though one person had been released. The remaining 11 were being held under Britain’s Terrorism Act. Police are also actively searching two locations, and have questioned many people.
The Times of London is now reporting that at least one of the attackers had been reported to police before – for trying to recruit children to join ISIS.
— The Times of London (@thetimes) June 5, 2017
And while the police have not yet announced the identity of any of the attackers yet, relatives are beginning to speak out.
One of the London Bridge terrorists tried to recruit children to join Islamic State and was twice reported to police over his extremist views, it was claimed yesterday.
The Pakistani-born radical, who grew up in Britain, was named by relatives as one of three men who carried out a car and knife rampage in the heart of London on Saturday night — the third Islamist attack on British soil in two and a half months.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that it was in response to the “One Love Manchester” concert – which was being put on by Ariana Grande and others in tribute to those who were killed two weeks ago by a suicide bomber who was also claimed by ISIS.
Are we going to have yet another case of attackers who were known to the authorities? We shall see.
Police have also released the timeline of the attack – and it lasted just under 10 minutes.
The death toll from Saturday stands at 7, and the first identified victim was Chrissy Archibald, age 27, a Canadian citizen from British Columbia, who was living with her fiancee overseas and visiting London.