British police make multiple arrests in London terror attack investigation

Police have conducted raids linked to Wednesday's attack in London, arresting seven people. Authorities have also revised the death toll down to four while lawmakers returned to parliament with a moment of silence.
Officers searched six addresses and made seven arrests in "Birmingham, London and other parts of the country," Mark Rowley, Britain's top anti-terrorism officer, told reporters on Thursday. The raids were part of an investigation into the assailant who carried out Wednesday's deadly attack in London, he confirmed.
Rowley added that authorities believe the attacker "acted alone" and was "inspired by international terrorism."
Police have said they know the identity of the attacker but have not yet named him as investigations into his "motivation and associates" are ongoing. The senior counter-terrorism officer added that police have "no specific information about further threats to the public."

"It is still our belief that the attacker acted alone during the  yesterday & was inspired by international terrorism”
Rowley also revised the death toll, saying that four people are dead - including the attacker - and that 29 people are currently being treated in hospital for their injuries. Seven of those wounded are in critical condition.

A/Dep Cmsr Rowley - update on horrific : “There are currently 4 dead & 29 being treated in hospital, sadly 7 are critical”

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon told BBC Radio that the police have a "working assumption" that the attack is "linked to Islamic terrorism."
A knife-wielding man plowed a car into a crowd of pedestrianson London's Westminster Bridge and stabbed a policeman outside the British Parliament on Wednesday. The assailant was shot shortly after stabbing the officer.
Police had earlier reported that the death toll was five and that a total of 40 people were wounded.
Parliament reopens
British parliament reopened on Thursday, one day after the deadly attack that took place outside the Palace of Westminster. MPs and police observed a sombre minute of silence to remember the victims.
Prime Minister Theresa May is due to address parliament later on in the morning.
The acting head of the London Police, Craig Mackey, said he would be going to an emergency security commmittee meeting later on in the morning. Mackey is also being treated as a witness since he was on the scene when the attack took place.
Sparse details on victims
Rowley said that there were a mix of nationalities among the dead but gave no identifying information. He said that the victims of the attack include 48-year-old Keith Palmer, the policeman who was stabbed, and two members of the public - a woman in her mid-40s and a man in his mid-50s.
The attacker is the fourth dead.
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Theresa May: 'Terror is doomed to failure'

Three French high-school students between the ages of 15 and 16 were injured during the attack. They were on a school trip to London with fellow students from Brittany. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault was expected to arrive in the English capital to visit them in the hospital, French media reported.
Another five South Korean tourists were also wounded, Seoul's foreign ministry said. The government of Romania said two of its citizens were injured and a Portuguese man was also hurt.
A seriously injured woman was rescued from the River Thames where she fell after the attacker's vehicle plowed through pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.
'We are not afraid'
Parliament is due to convene later Thursday in what Prime Minister Theresa May said was a signal that the attack would not disrupt British democracy or normal daily life. She described the attack as "sick and depraved," adding that Britain's alert level would remain unchanged at "severe," or level four.
"We will all move forward together, never giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart," said May.
Several Londoners appeared to echo the prime minister's sentiment to defiantly carry on with their lives. The Tower Hill Underground station, known for writing a quote of the day for busy travelers to ponder as they rush through the city, posted a picture of today's quote on Twitter: "The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of them all."
They added the hashtags "London is open" and "we are not afraid."
Queen Elizabeth II postponed her visit to open the new headquarters of London's Metropolitan Police on Thursday.
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, said a candlelight vigil for the victims will be held tonight at 6:00 p.m. GMT (UTC) in Trafalgar Square.
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Join us in Trafalgar Square at 6pm to remember the victims of yesterday’s attack and stand against terrorism. 


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