London Bridge Attack: Canadian Christine Archibald Is 1st Victim Identified

Frederick Owens
June 5, 2017

The three attackers rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby before they were shot dead by police.

The suspect, who the Mail has chosen not to name at the request of police, is understood to be one of three men who embarked on a stabbing rampage in London on Saturday night. One person has been released without charge.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said Monday that the country needed to rethink police resourcing and strategy.

There was also a heavy police presence just over a mile away on Barking Road in East Ham, but Scotland Yard did not say whether it was linked to the earlier arrests.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on Sunday night, although they provided no evidence for their involvement or details of the attack.

"We do have a very, very powerful counter-terrorist effort, but as I've indicated, the threat seems to be changing, so we need to look at our strategy, we need to look at our resourcing, we need to look at the techniques we're using", she told the BBC's Radio 4.

She also said Britain must do "more, much more" to fight Islamic extremism, which she called "an evil ideology" that perverts Islam and perverts the truth. Police and intelligence services are trying to determine what backup support they might have had.

The country's major political parties temporarily suspended campaigning with only days to go before the general election.

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Officers said late Sunday night that they will release the identities of the attackers "as soon as operationally possible". She has been criticized for staff cuts during her tenure as Home Secretary.

Police raids continued on Monday, as British counterterrorism investigators searched two homes and detained "a number" of people. Volunteer your time and labor or donate to a homeless shelter.

"We were all stuck!" said Marcia Rainford, a 58-year-old who said she was sealed into her building complex with her mother and two children.

She said: "They were waiting for the children of the neighbourhood". Luckily she had a full fridge.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Police Commissioner Dick have toured the site of the attack and praised the quick police work that they said prevented further deaths.

Additional security measures have been put in place, including at several bridges in central London, she said.

Khan has not engaged in Trump's attacks, with a spokesperson saying he "has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump's ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police - including armed officers - on the streets".

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