Police escort four women from building in east London - Reuters photographer

Elias Hubbard
June 5, 2017

London cops have arrested 12 people in connection with Saturday's terror attacks that killed seven, the city's the Metropolitan Police Service announced Sunday morning.

Emergency officials said 48 people, including a transport police officer and an off-duty officer, were treated at hospitals across London.

Counterterrorism officers raided several addresses in Barking, an east London suburb, and arrested 12 people there Sunday, police said.

But in a statement outside Downing Street, Prime Minister Theresa May said full campaigning would resume on Monday.

May said the attacks were not directly connected, but that "terrorism breeds terrorism" and attackers copy one another.

'Perpetrators are inspired to attack not only on the basis of carefully constructed plots and not even as lone attackers radicalised online, but by copying one another and often using the crudest of means of attack'.

"Shortly before 10:10 yesterday evening, the Metropolitan Police received reports that a white van had struck pedestrians on London Bridge".

Witnesses described how passers-by threw chairs and beer glasses at the attackers in an attempt to stop them.

"They kept coming to try to stab me. they were stabbing everyone".

"A man suddenly appeared in the restaurant with a massive knife - some people in the restaurant believe there may have been another man - but it was so chaotic it was hard to tell", the witness said.

The assault unfolded over a few terrifying minutes Saturday, starting when a van veered off the road and barreled into pedestrians on busy London Bridge. He opened the door only to see three bodies on the ground. That's because they used knives and a truck! "It was a rampage really", he said, adding that he heard a shout of: "This is for Allah". Among the wounded were German, French and Spanish citizens, officials said.

Last month, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

The national threat level was raised to maximum after the Manchester attack and troops were deployed at key public sites, but reduced to its second highest level last weekend.

The prime minister said the election would be held as scheduled.

"MCS reaffirms its commitment to combating extremism and terrorism".

May also warned there was "far too much tolerance of extremism in our country", promising to review counter-terrorism efforts, including possibly increasing the jail terms handed out in terror cases.

"Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U.K, we will be there - WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!" Trump wrote on Saturday.

Several people said they were ordered by police to stay inside pubs and restaurants as the terror raged outside.

She said that when it comes to tackling terrorism things have to change.

The men are seen striding past the Market Porter pub as dozens of terrified drinkers take refuge inside.

"They kept coming to try to stab me". Police shot the suspects within eight minutes of the first call, authorities said.

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