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London Terror Attacks: 3 Need to Know Facts

VO: Matthew Wende
Written by Matt Wende The terror attacks that shook up London on March 22, 2017 are the focus of the world's as authorities try to figure out just what happened. WatchMojo presents 3 things you need to know about the terror attacks of London. How has the country responded? Who is responsible? How did the event take place? Watch to find out! To suggest what topic we cover next, check out the suggest page here: WatchMojo.commy/suggest.php

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A terrorist attack has left London shaken. But what exactly happened, and what comes next for the country? Welcome to WatchMojo News, the series where we look at news stories that should be on your radar. In this installment, we’re looking at 3 need-to-know facts about the terrorist attack in London.

#3: What Happened?

At around 2:40 pm local time on March 22nd, 2017, a man driving on the Westminster Bridge jumped the curb and plowed through a crowd of pedestrians, killing two and injuring many. The man then crashed his car outside the Palace of Westminster, where the British government meets, and ran towards Parliament where he encountered Police Constable Keith Palmer. Palmer was stabbed by the assailant and later died of his injuries. The attacker was then shot dead by armed police. In total, three civilians have died, including Constable Palmer, 43-year-old teacher Aysha Frade and Kurt Cochran, an American tourist in his mid-50s. An additional 40 people were injured, many of whom were visitors from outside the United Kingdom. For the UK, this is the deadliest terror attack since the July 7th, 2005 London bombings.

#2: What Motivated the Attack?

Although the identity of the perpetrator has not yet been released, he is confirmed to have been born in Britain. He was previously investigated several years ago by MI5, the UK’s domestic counter-intelligence and security agency, in connection with potential violent extremism, but, as Prime Minister Theresa May said, “He was not part of the current intelligence picture.” On March 23rd, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that the attacker was “a soldier of the Islamic State.” Speaking to CNN, a UK official said that it was, in fact, an ISIS “inspired or copycat” attack.

#1: What’s Next?

The night after the attack, overnight raids conducted by British authorities resulted in several arrests. On the Morning of March 23rd, Prime Minister May addressed Parliament. In her address, she mourned the victims and praised the courage of Constable Palmer. She went on to state that democracy would prevail, and that the Government of the United Kingdom would stay strong.


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