UK defiant as IS claims responsibility for London attack

first_imgLONDON — Britain’s prime minister defiantly declared Thursday that “we are not afraid” even as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for an attack by a man who plowed an SUV into pedestrians on a London bridge and then stabbed a police officer to death at Britain’s Parliament.In a sweeping speech before the House of Commons, British Prime Minister Theresa May said the man who killed three people Wednesday before being shot to death by police was born in Britain and once came under investigation for links to religious extremism.British officials named the attacker as Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old with criminal convictions who was living in the West Midlands, which includes the central city of Birmingham.Police arrested seven people in Birmingham and one in London — five men and three women — on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts in connection to the Westminster Bridge attack. Among the homes raided in Birmingham was one Masood lived in until just after Christmas, according to a neighbor.Iwona Romek, who said she lived for about five months two doors down from Masood, said he had a wife and a young child and appeared like a “normal family man who liked to take care of his garden.”last_img read more

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