Fresh raids in wake of London terror attack

Frederick Owens
June 5, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump says he will do whatever is necessary to protect the United States from a "vile enemy" that he says has waged war on innocents for too long, vowing: "This bloodshed must end, this bloodshed will end".

Counterterrorism investigators searched two homes Monday and detained "a number" of people in the investigation into a van and knife attack in the heart of London that left seven people dead.

May said police saved "countless lives" by killing the three London bridge attackers within eight minutes on Saturday night. He previously had commented via a series of Twitter posts.

"The courts have ruled, and the courts said this abused the executive powers".

Britain's opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May to resign after she presided over cuts to police numbers during her six years as interior minister.

"As you know, there are around 130,000 Australians living in the United Kingdom at any given time, and many Australian visitors, and there were many Australians in the vicinity of the attack", he said.

Dozens were injured, 21 of them critically, in the attack.

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The mayor's spokesman said he was too busy to respond to Trump's "ill-informed" tweet.

Mr Trump also repeated calls for his stalled travel ban, took on gun control supporters and pledged that the United States would be there to help London.

Trump has said his proposed ban, a centerpiece of his 2016 presidential campaign, is necessary to protect Americans from terrorist attacks. May said more must be done to combat "bigotry and hatred".

"We got blocked in".

On Sunday Trump leveled an inaccurate criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, saying the mayor was telling people there was "no reason to be alarmed" about the attack. Last week, his administration rolled out new policies for those seeking a US visa, asking for the social media handles they have used over the last five years and biographical information going back 15 years. The mayor had instead been telling London residents not to be concerned by a stepped-up police presence in the city following the attack.

The Trump administration last week formally asked the Supreme Court, the highest court in the US, to allow the ban to take effect, arguing that restricting immigration by refugees and visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen is necessary to protect USA national security.

"We need to go on doing that in the future".

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