Police in Britain have made 12 arrests in the aftermath of Saturday night’s attack on London bridge that killed 7 and wounded nearly 50 more, with the Metropolitan Police Service revealing that all of the arrests took place in Barking, east London.
“Officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command have this morning, Sunday 4 June, arrest 12 people in Barking, east London, in connection with last night’s incidents in London BRdige and the Borough Market area,” the statement read. “Searches of a number of address in Barking are continuing.”
Assistant Met Police Commissioner Mark Rowley also revealed on Sunday that of the nearly 50 people who were injured in the attacks, 21 are in critical condition and a total of 36 remain hospitalized. As some of the injuries are considered “life-threatening,” the death toll could yet rise.
Among the seven victims who lost their lives were a Canadian and French national, while citizens of Australia, Spain, and New Zealand comprised a handful of those who were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment in the wake of the attack.
British Prime Minister Theresa May was unequivocal in her demand that the people of Britain stop allowing radical Islamic extremism to fester.
“While we have made significant progress in recent years, there is, to be frank, far too much tolerance of extremism in our country,” she said during an address, adding “enough is enough.”
May also suggested that internet companies do their part to get rid of “safe spaces” in the virtual world as police officers do the same in the real world, although she acknowledged that doing so would not be easy.
“That will require some difficult, and often embarrassing, conversations,” she said.
No group or individual has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, although British authorities were swift to label it as a terrorist incident. The identities of the culprits, who were fatally shot by police officers, have yet to be publicized.