Thursday 27 July 2017

British police will name London Bridge attackers when 'operationally possible', as so-called Islam State claims responsibility

Forensics investigators work on London Bridge, after an attack left 7 people dead and dozens injured, in London, Britain June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall
Forensics investigators work on London Bridge, after an attack left 7 people dead and dozens injured, in London, Britain June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall
Forensics investigators work on London Bridge, after an attack left 7 people dead and dozens injured, in London, Britain June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall
Forensics investigators work on London Bridge, after an attack left 7 people dead and dozens injured, in London, Britain June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Alistair Smout and Mostafa Hashem

British police said on Sunday they would release the names of the three men who killed seven people in London "as soon as operationally possible", adding that searches were continuing in four properties.

The men rammed a van into pedestrians and stabbed revellers on Saturday night before being shot by police. Twelve people were arrested in east London on Sunday in connection with the attack.

Police said that one man had been released without charge, but four men and seven women were still being detained under terrorism legislation.

"The public can expect to see additional police – both armed and unarmed officers - across the capital as you would expect in these circumstances," Mark Rowley, Britain's top counter-terrorism policeman, said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, 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 said.

Reuters

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