UK Police Release All Detained Over London Terror Act Without Charges
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 14:14
The attack was the third to hit Britain in quick succession after a similar incident on Westminster Bridge in March and a suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester, northern England, less than two weeks ago.
The issue has become a key one in the run-up to Thursday's general election.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn yesterday 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.
British officials do not believe other suspects were directly involved in the attack, but have made a total of 12 arrests as they try to uncover any possible accomplices. A new search was underway in Ilford, just north of Barking.
The announcement comes as police have been pressed to explain their handling of suspected attacker Khuram B., who was known to authorities prior to Saturday's attack and appeared in the 2016 television documentary "The Jihadis Next Door".
The latest developments come with counter-terror agencies already facing intense scrutiny after it was revealed another member of the terror gang, Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, had been known to security services. The attackers were shot by police on the scene.
Dozens of people gathered in driving rain at the end of London Bridge, where a growing mound of flowers sits beside a police cordon. Borough Market, a popular gathering place, remains closed as more evidence is gathered.
Dignitaries attend a vigil to remember the victims of the attack on London Bridge and Borough Market, at Potters Field Park, in central London, Britain, June 5, 2017.
Seven people have died after being struck by a van and attacked by knifemen on London Bridge on Saturday night.
Questions remain over whether investigators had the resources to look into complaints such as those leveled by Butt's neighbors about his attempts to radicalize children and whether crucial opportunities were missed that could have saved lives.
British Prime Minister Theresa May wants tougher security measures after the third major attack in England in three months.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. But as the investigation builds, so does speculation of potential security lapses that could have been prevented, possibly along with Saturday night's attack. This was an attack on London and the United Kingdom, but it was also an attack on the free world'.