Trump under fire for criticising Sadiq Khan after bridge attacks

Gwen Vasquez
June 5, 2017

Police said on Sunday they were holding 11 people, all arrested in raids on two addresses in Barking in suburban east London.

Network Rail said London Bridge rail and London Underground stations reopened at 5am but the rail station will be exit only.

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"Our team is also working with the Metropolitan police to help them get any footage from drivers who were in the area at the time".

In March, a man ran down people with a vehicle on Westminster Bridge in London, killing four before fatally stabbing a police officer on Parliament's grounds.

Those hurt included people stabbed in the face, neck and stomach, with the attackers reported to have wielded foot-long knives.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed his sympathies to the victims of the London attacks, even as his troops struggled to end a deadly siege of a southern city by Islamic State group-aligned local militants.

On London Mayor Sadiq Khan's Twitter account, which had deferred to police in the early minutes of the attack, the mayor urged "all Londoners to remain calm and vigilant today and in the days ahead" and vowed that terrorists would not cow his city. At least 12 people were arrested Sunday, including five men and seven women ranging in age from 19 to 60.

Police have not released the names of the attackers and British newspapers refrained from identifying the men.

Duterte's spokesman Ernesto Abella says "acts such as these touched not only the people of London, they also touched all peace-loving people in the global community".

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Trump challenged Khan for saying there was "no reason to be alarmed after the attacks".

Trump also spoke with British Prime Minister Theresa May to offer condolences and offered Washington's "full support", the White House said in a statement. She said Britain must do "more, much more" to combat what she called the perverted ideology of radical Islam.

"The public can expect to see additional police - both armed and unarmed officers - across the Capital as you would expect in these circumstances", Assistant Met Police Commissioner Mark Rowley told reporters. "I was just throwing it at them, trying to get them to chase me so I could get them out into the main road where the police could see them and obviously take them down".

Major political parties suspended national campaigning for the June 8 election in the wake of the attack, with the exception of the anti-European United Kingdom Independence Party.

A video posted to YouTube shows Darwin electrician Andrew Morrison, holding a blood-stained bandage to his neck as he talks about his experience directly after the violence took place.

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn criticised May, who was interior minister from 2010 to 2016, for cutting police numbers during her tenure in charge of the interior ministry.

Asked if he would back calls made by others for May to resign, Corbyn told Sky News: "Indeed I would".

"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.

"America is safer when we rally our friends and allies against the bad guys rather than pick fights with the good guys", the newspaper quoted Damon Wilson, President George W. Bush's top Europe adviser, as saying.

Italian Erica Gasparri, who lives in the same complex as the attacker, said he was a "Pakistani man" known locally as "Abs".

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