June 4, 2017 The Islamic State (ISIS) on Sunday claimed responsibility for the London attacks that killed seven and injured dozens more. NHS England said of the 36 victims hospitalized, 21 trmain in critical condition.
According to the SITE Intelligence Group, the Islamic State’s official Amaq News Agency posted a message on Sunday claiming last night’s vehicle and knife attack was carried out by member’s of the terrorist organization. Witnesses say a white van plowed into a crowd on the London Bridge and then three men with knives jumped out of the van in nearby Borough Market and began stabbing people.
London authorities believe the suspects were planning the attack for several months. A message calling for followers to strike using vehicles, guns and knives to “kill the civilians of the crusaders” during the holy month of Ramadan may have triggered the attack.
The London Metropolitan Police announced on Sunday that twelve suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack. One person has since been released without charge.
Saturday night’s attacks were the
third in Britain in as many months. Less than two weeks ago, a suicide bomber detonated outside the Manchester Arena, killing 22 people, including some children. On March 22, an police officer was attacked at Britain’s Parliament before Metropolitan Police shot and killed the suspect. At approximately the same time, a vehicle ran over pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge. One woman was killed, and several others injured.
Much of Europe has been on high alert after several recent terrorist attacks in France, Germany, Belgium and London. In September, 2016, both the U.K. and United States Department of Homeland Security issued bulletins warning that terrorists or terrorist-inspired individuals may target sporting and concert venues.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."