Islamic State claims responsibility for London attack

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LONDON: Islamic State claimed on Sunday responsibility for Saturday night’s attack in London which killed seven people and wounded dozens, the militant group’s agency Amaq said on Sunday.
“A detachment of Islamic State fighters executed yesterday’s London attack,” a statement posted on Amaq’s media page, monitored in Cairo, said.

Three attackers rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby on Saturday night before police shot them dead.

7 dead, dozens injured in London Bridge attack

Police ended the violence by shooting and killing the assailants just eight minutes after they received the first reports of the bridge incident.

Police haven’t released the identities of the three men. At least one of the men was born in Pakistan, a Western security official said. It wasn’t clear when the man came to Britain or whether he had acquired British citizenship.

Twelve people were arrested Sunday in Barking, East London, in connection with the attacks, and authorities were carrying out raids in a nearby neighborhood.

On Monday morning, the Metropolitan Police Service said officers entered two new addresses in Newham and Barking in East London and said a number of people were detained.

The attack brought to 34 the number of people killed in three terrorist incidents in the U.K. since March 22, when a car driver killed four people on Westminster Bridge and then stabbed a policeman to death. In May, 22 people were killed and more than 100 injured by a lone suicide bomber at a pop concert in Manchester.

Later Sunday, police descended on East Ham, another east London neighborhood. One witness, who works at a chicken shop, said she saw a half-dozen people being arrested, including some who were customers at the shop.

Islamic State, losing territory in Syria and Iraq to an offensive backed by a U.S.-led coalition, had sent out a call on messaging service Telegram early on Saturday urging its followers to carry out attacks with trucks, knives and guns against “Crusaders” during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Islamist militants, or people claiming allegiance to the group, have carried out scores of deadly attacks in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the United States over the past two years.

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