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8 ar­rested in raids linked to at­tack on the sym­bol of Bri­tain’s democ­racy

New Straits Times - - World -

LON­DON

FRI­DAY, MARCH 24, 2017

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THERESA MAY, Bri­tish prime min­is­ter each from China, Ger­many, Ire­land, Italy, Poland and the United States, May said.

Three police of­fi­cers were among those hurt, two of them se­ri­ously, and a se­ri­ously in­jured woman was res­cued from the River Thames af­ter com­ing off the bridge.

The at­tacker mowed down pedes­tri­ans with a car on Westminster Bridge, killing two, and then jumped out and stabbed to death a police of­fi­cer, Keith Palmer, 48, guard­ing Par­lia­ment be­fore be­ing shot dead.

The other dead were Bri­ton Aysha Frade and Amer­i­can Kurt Cochran.

The car­nage was un­leashed on the same day Brus­sels was mark­ing the an­niver­sary of IS bomb­ings that killed 32 peo­ple.

It was the dead­li­est at­tack in Bri­tain since four sui­cide bombers killed 52 peo­ple on the cap­i­tal’s trans­port sys­tem in July 2005.

Bri­tain’s top anti-ter­ror of­fi­cer Mark Row­ley said police had ar­rested eight peo­ple in raids on six houses in Birm­ing­ham, here and else­where.

“It is our be­lief that this at­tacker acted alone and was in­spired by international ter­ror­ism.”

The Bri­tish flag over Par­lia­ment flew at half-mast in a sign of mourn­ing while foren­sic of­fi­cers car­ried out in­ves­ti­ga­tions at the court­yard out­side where Palmer was stabbed to death.

Police of­fi­cers lined up out­side their new head­quar­ters nearby for a minute’s si­lence.

Queen El­iz­a­beth II said yes­ter­day her thoughts were with the vic­tims and ex­pressed her “en­dur­ing ad­mi­ra­tion” for the police.

“My thoughts, prayers and deep­est sym­pa­thy are with all those who have been af­fected by the aw­ful vi­o­lence.”

Among those in Par­lia­ment was For­eign Of­fice Min­is­ter To­bias Ell­wood, whose face was left smeared with blood af­ter giv­ing first aid to Palmer.

United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande both spoke to May, and Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel said Ger­many stood with Bri­tons “against all forms of ter­ror­ism”.

Bri­tain’s last ter­ror at­tack was the 2016 as­sas­si­na­tion of MP Jo Cox by a pro-Nazi sym­pa­thiser in her con­stituency in north­ern Eng­land shortly be­fore the vote to leave the Euro­pean Union.

May’s spokesman said there was no in­ten­tion to de­lay the Ar­ti­cle 50 two-year de­par­ture process for leav­ing the EU be­cause of Wednesday’s at­tack. AFP

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Police out­side Par­lia­ment dur­ing an in­ci­dent on Westminster Bridge in Lon­don on Wednesday.

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