Net widens in search for accomplices in London Bridge attack

Metropolitan Police officials confirmed "a number" of arrests were made in the Dagenham and Newham areas in the early hours of Monday.

Counterterrorism officers raided several addresses in Barking, an east London suburb, and arrested 12 people there Sunday, police said.

Barking resident Erica Gasperri said she went to the police after she saw a man, believed to be the attacker, teaching the local children about Islam.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said a "huge amount" of forensic material and evidence had been seized from the van and police raids.

Three knife-wielding assailants rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby.

They would have known full well that attacking people in the street would draw armed police in their direction and the fake bomb belts they were wearing would, in their own warped minds, hasten their demise.

President Trump attacked London Mayor Sadiq Khan and railed against political correctness in a series of tweets Sunday, appearing to misrepresent a quote from the mayor meant to reassure his city in order to scorn Khan's response to terror attacks in the English capital.

The police commissioner told the BBC that the investigation was moving very quickly and the priority now was to establish if anybody else was involved in the plot.

Officers searched two addresses in east London on Monday morning.

In a statement, Chrissy's immediate family said she had worked in a homeless shelter until she had moved to Europe to be with her husband-to-be.

No other victims have as yet been named, however French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told journalists Sunday that one French national, has also died.

The president was referencing a statement by Khan in which he said that citizens shouldn't be concerned about an increased police presence in the wake of the attacks that killed seven people and sent at least 48 hospitals across London.

The bridge and surrounding roads have also reopened.

This was the third terror attack in the United Kingdom in three months, following the vehicle and knife attack on Westminster Bridge in March, in which five people were killed, and the Manchester bombing less on May 22 in which 22 people were killed.

"They were stabbing her", one witness Gerard Vowls said.

Four police officers were among those injured, two of them seriously. Twenty-one remained in critical condition on Sunday.

"He said to me, 'Where can I get a van like that?' Asking me all the details like how much was it, where he could get a van - basically because, he said to me, 'I might be moving shortly with my family as well'".

Prime minister Turnbull said up to 130,000 Australians live in the UK.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Trump cited the London attacks to push his March 6 executive order that would temporarily ban entry into the US of people from six predominantly Muslim countries.

May called the snap election in a bid to strengthen her hand in negotiations on Britain's exit from the European Union, to win more time to deal with the impact of the divorce and to strengthen her grip on the Conservative Party.

It was not immediately clear how the attack would impact the election, though the issue of security has been thrust to the forefront of the campaign after the London Bridge and Manchester attacks. "That's because they used knives and a truck!"

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