IS claims London attacker was one of its 'soldiers'

  • World
  • Thursday, 23 Mar 2017

LOS ANGELES: The so-called Islamic State group has claimed that the London attacker was a "soldier of the Islamic State," according to its Aaamaq news agency. 

The British-born terrorist killed three people close to the British Parliament on Wednesday before being shot dead by police. Forty more were injured in the attack.

The attacker was known to the intelligence agency MI5, Prime Minister Theresa May told lawmakers in Parliament on Thursday. She said he "acted alone" and that imminent further attacks were not expected.

"His identity is known to the police and MI5 and when operational considerations allow, he will be publicly identified," she said.

"What I can confirm is that the man was British-born and that some years ago he was once investigated by MI5 in relation to concerns about violent extremism.

"He was a peripheral figure. The case is historic. He was not part of the current intelligence picture. There was no prior intelligence of his intent or of the plot." Police have arrested eight people connected to the attacker, following raids in London and Birmingham.

Mark Rowley, Metropolitan Police's acting deputy commissioner, said on Thursday: "It is still our belief -- which continues to be borne out by our investigation -- that this attacker acted alone and was inspired by international terrorism.

"To be explicit, at this stage we have no specific information about further threats to the public." - Reuters