British Prime Minister Theresa May blamed “evil” Islamist ideology on Sunday for an attack by three men who smashed a van into pedestrians and attacked revellers with knives in the heart of London, killing seven people.
Saturday night’s rampage by assailants wearing fake suicide vests at the popular nightlife hub of London Bridge was the third deadly terror attack in Britain in three months.
National campaigning for Thursday’s general election was suspended for the day in respect to the victims, including 48 people treated in hospital, but May insisted Thursday’s vote would go ahead.
No details have been released about the suspects, who were shot dead within minutes by police, and detectives are still investigating whether they acted alone.
But May said the attack was driven by the same “evil ideology of Islamist extremism” behind last week’s Manchester suicide bombing that left 22 people dead, and the Westminster attack in March, which killed five.