"We believe we are experiencing a new trend in the threat we face as terrorism breeds terrorism," Prime Minister Theresa May said in a televised statement on Sunday in front of her Downing Street office, where flags flew at half-mast.
"Perpetrators are inspired to attack not only on the basis of carefully constructed plots ... and not even as lone attackers radicalised online, but by copying one another and often using the crudest of means of attack."
She said the series of attacks represented a perversion of Islam and that Britain's counter-terrorism strategy needed to be reviewed, adding: "It is time to say enough is enough."
Theresa May says campaign, suspended on Thursday, will resume tomorrow. The election will go ahead as planned on Thursday.
Seven people were killed in a terror attack on Saturday by three assailants on London Bridge and in the bustling Borough Market nightlife district, the chief of London's police force said on Sunday. "It has now been confirmed sadly that seven members of the public have died," Cressida Dick told reporters, raising the toll from six victims earlier.
My heart goes out to all those caught up in last night's terror incident & my thoughts & prayers to the family & friends of those killed 1/3- David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 4, 2017
Our brave emergency services did - and do - an heroic job; I cannot praise them enough. 2/3- David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 4, 2017
We will not be cowed by terror. We should vote Thurs because our people & democracy are strong. We will show that terror can never win. 3/3- David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 4, 2017
Attacks in London are shocking & anguishing. We condemn them. My thoughts are with families of the deceased & prayers with the injured.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 4, 2017
The three assailants shot dead by the police after stabbing several people in the Borough Market area of London were wearing fake suicide vests, the police said. "The suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later established to be hoaxes," Britain's head of counter-terrorism Mark Rowley said.
Our thoughts & prayers are w/ the victims, courageous first responders & all the people of London. As President Trump said: WE ARE WITH YOU.- Vice President Pence (@VP) June 3, 2017
We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2017
Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U. K., we will be there - WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2017
- Witnesses say the van was reported to have swerved onto the pavement and there have been unconfirmed reports of gunfire.
- Downing Street says the prime minister has been informed of a major incident.