Family pays tribute to Canadian victim of London attack

Pauline Gross
June 6, 2017

The Amaq news agency, which is affiliated with the IS group, said the attacks were carried out by "a detachment of fighters from Islamic State".

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said that he was "shocked and appalled" by the attack and that Canada would always stand with the people of London.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has strongly condemned the recent terror attacks in London and Manchester, saying tougher measures are needed as "terrorism breeds terrorism" and attackers copy each other. Of these, 36 are still being treated, 21 of whom are in a critical condition.

A Canadian and a Frenchman were among the fatalities and citizens of several nations were among the 48 injured, including Australia, Bulgaria, France, Greece and New Zealand.

Armed police were quickly on the scene and three assailants were shot and killed within eight minutes of the first call to emergency services.

British police say they have carried out fresh raids and detained an undisclosed number of people in the investigation into an attack in the heart of London that left seven people dead.

Meanwhile twelve arrests including seven women and five men have been made. One has since been released without being charged.

She said providing more firearms for London police wouldn't be a sensible solution to the increased tempo of attacks, saying the strategy of having special mobile units of heavily armed officers is effective.

Her family in Castlegar, British Columbia, says Archibald "would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death".

The assailants ran people over on London Bridge before lunging seemingly at random at the crowds gathered around Borough Market, which is full of restaurants and bars.

In a Sunday tweet, Trump mischaracterized Khan's remarks by suggesting the mayor had said there was "no reason to be alarmed" about the attack itself. "He was standing over there, I could see them from my window", Gasperri said. "Evil, evil people", he told The Guardian newspaper.

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Khan and Dick were briefly heckled by a man who called for more police to be put on the streets. "It was a rampage really", he said, adding that he heard a shout of, "This is for Allah".

May has said the three attacks - including one on Parliament in March - weren't connected in any operational sense but were linked by what she called the "perverted ideology" of extremist Islam.

An off-duty police officer fought off three knifemen with his bare hands as they rampaged through Borough Market.

- Where did it take place?

Britain was already on high alert following the recent attack on a concert by U.S. pop star Ariana Grande in Manchester, northwest England, in which seven children were among the dead.

The minister tweeted that he was traveling to London on Monday.

"A lot of people suffered and I had some second thoughts coming, especially with what happened last night in London", ticket holder Abdullah Mala, 34, told AFP.

"We got blocked in".

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.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn Monday said he supported those calling for May to resign because of her role reducing police staffing during her tenure as home secretary, though he said the best remedy was to vote her out.

One alleged attacker had a connection to Ireland, a source briefed by an Irish counter-terrorism official said.

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