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It’s been less that two weeks since a suicide bomber orchestrated  an attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Early Sunday morning, there was another terrorist attack in Britain, this time in London. Seven were killed and thirty-six injured when three men ran a van through pedestrians on the London Bridge and then began indiscriminately stabbing people in the nearby Borough Market.

The police arrived on scene and shot and killed all three attackers within eight minutes of the first emergency call. The terror attack was claimed by ISIS shortly after it occurred.


So what’s happening now?

The first victim to be identified was Canadian Chrissy Archibald of B.C. who had moved to England with her fiance. The other seven are still in the process of being identified.


The three attackers have been identified as 27-year-old Khuram Shazad Butt, 30-year-old Rachid Redouane and 22-year-old Youssed Zaghba. An additional 12 people were arrested in connection to the attack on Monday.

Officials’ Reaction

In a speech after the attack, U.K. Prime Minister, Theresa May called the event ‘an attack on the free world’ and vowed, ‘enough is enough.’ She said that the world has been far to tolerant of extremism and that she plans to introduce new anti-terror laws, including an international agreement to regulate the internet.

The U.K. is set to vote for Prime Minister this Thursday and May’s opponent, Jeremy Corbyn accused the P.M. of trying to ‘protect the public on the cheap’ when she made huge police cuts during her time in office.

Though both politicians paused their campaigns for the day on Sunday, the election will go as scheduled on Thursday.

Global Reaction

Across the pond, Donald Trump had his fair share to say (obviously), bashing an out-of-context comment by London’s Mayor, showing support for the U.K. and using the incident to bolster his travel ban (which, yes, he finally called a ‘travel ban’).

He was critical of a sound bite by London mayor, Sadiq Khan for saying there was ‘no reason to be alarmed.’ The full quote was, ‘We will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. No reason to be alarmed.’ A spokesperson said the mayor was too busy to respond to the ‘ill-informed tweet.’

Trump then used the situation to push his political agenda and rhetoric. He said his travel ban is a necessary measure to protect the American people from terrorists (specifically, the first ban, which was deemed unconstitutional).


He then went after gun control, apparently implying that people can kill each other with anything so why regulate guns? Either that or he’s suggesting we regulate knives and trucks. Unclear.


The resilient British

After the New York Times published an article saying the British were ‘still reeling’ from the Manchester attack, Brits took to Twitter to just show how strong the British really are. The nation of Queen Elizabeth, piping hot tea, 24/7 rain and ‘keep calm and carry on’ will not be moved. Unless it’s to ‘Ring Around the Rosie,’ apparently.


A very British response, we’d say. Once again, a community coming together and showing that terrorism will not break them. It is possible to mourn a tragedy like this, but still remain strong and positive through the adversity. Well done, U.K. We’re with you.

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