Thursday 23 November 2017

'London terror attack is a classic Al-Qaeda or Isis-style attack' - security expert

'It's a classic Al-Qaeda and/or Isis-style attack'

Police cordon off the area around at the scene in London Bridge and Borough Market in London following last night's terrorists incidents. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Police entering a bar in London, Britain, June 3, 2017, telling people to get down in this screen grab from video. Twitter/Yatesy17
Police entering a bar in London, Britain, June 3, 2017, telling people to get down in this screen grab from video. Twitter/Yatesy17
People leave the area after an incident near London Bridge in London, Britain June 4, 2017 REUTERS/Neil Hall
People wait by a cordon before being escorted through by police, as many residents are not allowed back to their residences inside the cordon after an attack, in London Sunday, June 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Police officers guard the approach to Southwark Bridge after an incident near London Bridge in London, Britain June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall
A man carries a dog with a woman wearing a dressing gown after an attack in London, Sunday, June 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
People talk to police officers at a cordon as they tried to find their way back to where they were staying after an attack in London, Sunday, June 4, 2017. . (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Police vehicles in a street near London Bridge during the ongoing terrorist incidents at London Bridge and Borough Market. Dominic Harris/PA Wire
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

An attack in London which killed seven people and left 48 injured, a number of whom are critical, looks like a "classic Al-Qaeda and/or IS-style attack", according to an anti-terrorism consultant.

The attack, carried out by three people in the London Bridge and Borough Market area of London on Saturday night, is the second terror incident to hit the UK in just two weeks.

According to witnesses, three people in a white van drove erratically across London Bridge striking people, before parking up and proceeding to run through Borough Market area, stabbing numerous people.

The perpetrators were apprehended within eight minutes of emergency services receiving the first phone-call.

Anti-terrorism consultant Chris Hunter told Sky News it's "early days" regarding suspects, but he believes the attack has all the characteristics of an extremist attack.

"It's a classic Al-Qaeda and/or Isis-style attack," Mr Hunter said.

"Obviously it's early days to determine the attackers and what they were representing... it was a very cowardly attack.

"Police were at the scene within minutes.

"There were very good skills carried out by everybody.

"I don't like the term lone wolf," he continued.

"It suggests there's something special about them. The reality is they're evil.

"They look for vulnerabilities, they look to identify maximum publicity.

"They look to identify weaknesses in current security incidents.

"They bring them all together."

Meanwhile, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Britain's national parliamentary election on Thursday should not be postponed following the attack.

Khan said Londoners would see an increased police presence in the city after the deadly incident but there was no reason to panic. He urged people to remain calm and vigilant.

Khan also said the official threat level remained at severe, meaning an attack is highly likely.

"One of the things that we can do is show that we aren't going to be cowed, is by voting on Thursday and making sure that we understand the importance of our democracy, our civil liberties and our human rights," Khan said.

"I'm not an advocate of postponing the election. I'm a passionate believer in democracy and making sure that we vote and we recognise actually that one of the things these terrorists hate is voting, they hate democracy," he said.

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