Theresa May has warned in the aftermath of the London atrocity of how “terrorism breeds terrorism” with violent extremists carrying out copycat attacks “often using the crudest means” to maim and murder.
The rise of such attacks, with Islamists emulating previous acts of terror, is a matter of deep concern, say security sources, with difficulties in uncovering plots by small groups who may not have links with established jihadi networks, and thus may have escaped scrutiny.
The weapons used in the London attack, killing seven people and injuring 48 others – 21 critically – were knives and a hired van, echoing the Westminster attacker Khalid Masood who killed five people using knives and a hired car; Anas Amri who killed 12 people in Berlin using a hired truck; and Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel who killed 86 in Nice using a hired truck.
Meanwhile, on a day of dramatic developments:
- Isis claimed responsibility for the attacks
- First two of seven fatalities identified as one Canadian citizen, Christine Archibald, and one French citizen
- Theresa May calls for crackdown on “safe spaces for extremists” online
- Jeremy Corbyn tells Theresa May 'you cannot protect public on the cheap'
- Police say member of the public shot in crossfire as officers fired 50 bullets
The three London attackers wore fake suicide vests. It remains unclear why this was done; one theory is that they may have believed that police, wary of the devices being detonated, would keep their distance. In the event eight armed officers shot them dead using 50 rounds....
The Senate Intelligence Committee said ousted FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify in an open session.
The committee said in a late Friday statement that it plans to schedule the hearing for after Memorial Day.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election and any possible links between Moscow and the Trump campaign.
Sen. Richard Burr, chairman of the committee, said he hopes that Comey's testimony "will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media."
Sen. Mark Warner, vice chairman of the committee, said he expects the former FBI director to "shed light on issues critical" to the committee's investigation. The Virginia Democrat also said he hopes that Comey will answer some of the questions following his sudden dismissal.