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Police Arrest 12 In Stabbing Spree That Left 7 Dead In Yet Another London Attack

(SL) –  Fox News and the Associated Press report, British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the “evil ideology” behind the London terror attacks that killed seven people and injured dozens more late Saturday night.

May addressed the attacks Sunday after a meeting of the government’s COBRA emergency committee. She called for a tougher stance against extremists and tougher controls on cyberspace to prevent its use by extremists.

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She said the measures were needed because “terrorism breeds terrorism” and attackers copy each other.

Her remarks came as counter terrorism police carried out raids in east London and arrested 12 people in connection with the attacks.

The homes raided included one belonging to one of the three terrorists who carried out the attacks, Sky News reported.

“He’s lived here for about three years,” neighbor Damien Pettit said. “He’s one of our neighbors. I’ve said hello in passing more than 50, 60 occasions. He has two young kids. He was a very nice guy.”

Saturday’s horror began around 10 p.m. local time when a white van veered off the road and barreled into pedestrians on London Bridge. The van’s three occupants then jumped out with large knives and attacked people at bars and restaurants in nearby Borough Market, police said.

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Elizabeth O’Neill said her son was stabbed in the stomach by a man who approached him and yelled “this is for Islam.”

Daniel O’Neill, 23, suffered a 7-inch knife wound, she said, according to Sky News. He was recovering.

“He had just stepped outside the bar for a second and a man ran up to him and said ‘this is for my family, this is for Islam’ and stuck a knife straight in him,” the mother said.

Gerard Vowles, 47, told local media that he saw the three attackers stabbing a woman at the south end of London Bridge. He said he threw chairs, glasses and bottles at the attackers in a bid to stop them.

“They went ‘this is for Allah’ and then they just started stabbing her multiple times,” he told Sky News.

The Guardian quoted Vowles as saying, “They kept coming to try to stab me. They were stabbing everyone. Evil, evil people.”

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NICE Truck Terrorist Unlikely ‘Jihadist’ As Cousins Says He Ate Pork, Drank And Beat His Wife

(SL) – NICE Truck Terrorist unlikely Jihadist as relative says Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, pictured left, beat his wife and never went to the mosque. The father-of-three was branded an ‘unlikely jihadist’ by a cousin of his estranged wife who revealed he also ate pork, drank alcohol and took drugs, all of which are prohibited by Islam. The cousin, insisted that Bouhlel ‘was not a Muslim, he was a s***’.

Detectives had raided the 12th floor apartment he had shared with his estranged wife in the early hours of the morning, and his wife was taken into protective custody. Bouhlel’s brother is pictured inset.

At Least 10 Children Murdered In Bastille Day Truck Massacre

(SL) –  The images shared on social media include friends, brothers, sisters, mothers and numerous young people who have reportedly vanished since the attack carried out by 31-year-old French Tunisian man Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel.

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The married father of three, mounted pavements at high speed and plowed through crowds watching fireworks on Bastille Day.

At least 10 babies and children were killed, some in buggies, and at least 54 children are also being treated in the hospital.

Friends and family members have shared photos of their loved ones online in a desperate bid to locate them after 84 people were killed when a terrorist gunman drove a 25-ton lorry through crowds on a mile-long killing spree on Thursday night.

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Meanwhile, investigators are using the city’s 1,200 surveillance cameras to track the route of the lorry before the attack.

It is understood that Bouhlel had rented the truck on Wednesday from a specialist garage at Saint Laurent du Var by Nice Airport.

Police have discovered CCTV footage of the moment he boarded the lorry in the hills around Nice, according to reports.

It has also been claimed he was parked on the promenade for nearly nine hours before the attack, but was allowed to stay because he told police he was delivering ice cream.

 

 

President Obama on the Tragic Shooting in Orlando

(SL) – President Obama spoke to the nation following the domestic terror attack in Orlando, Fl. 29-year old Omar Mateen, a security guard, opened fire in Pulse Nightclub – a popular LGBT club killing 50 people and critically injuring 53. Mateen had been on the FBI’s radar for a couple of years, but investigations left authorities with nothing to go on. Mateen’s father told MSNBC that Omar was extremely angry after watching two men kiss in Miami. His motives remain unclear but there is word that he was an ISIS sympathizer.

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Today, as Americans, we grieve the brutal murder — a horrific massacre — of dozens of innocent people. We pray for their families, who are grasping for answers with broken hearts. We stand with the people of Orlando, who have endured a terrible attack on their city. Although it’s still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate. And as Americans, we are united in grief, in outrage, and in resolve to defend our people.

I just finished a meeting with FBI Director Comey and my homeland security and national security advisors. The FBI is on the scene and leading the investigation, in partnership with local law enforcement. I’ve directed that the full resources of the federal government be made available for this investigation.

We are still learning all the facts. This is an open investigation. We’ve reached no definitive judgment on the precise motivations of the killer. The FBI is appropriately investigating this as an act of terrorism. And I’ve directed that we must spare no effort to determine what — if any — inspiration or association this killer may have had with terrorist groups. What is clear is that he was a person filled with hatred. Over the coming days, we’ll uncover why and how this happened, and we will go wherever the facts lead us.

This morning I spoke with my good friend, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and I conveyed the condolences of the entire American people. This could have been any one of our communities. So I told Mayor Dyer that whatever help he and the people of Orlando need — they are going to get it. As a country, we will be there for the people of Orlando today, tomorrow and for all the days to come.

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Terror In Orlando After Gunman Opens Fire In LGBT Nightclub Pulse

(SL) – Omar Mir Seddique Mateen has been named as the gunman who killed as many as 50 people, at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Some say that toll could rise considering that some of the 53 injured are critical.

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He was later killed by police after taking hostages at the LGBT club. According to reports, Mateen, 29, is a U.S. citizen of Afghani descent from Port St. Lucie, Florida. Allegedly, he has ties to radical Islamic ideology,  Police have not yet said why Mateen attacked the Pulse club. However, his father told MSNBC that the shooting was not about his son’s religion, but that his son became very angry after seeing two men kissing in Miami months ago. He said “we are apologizing for the whole incident.”

Authorities confirmed Mateen was engaged in a shootout with police outside the night club at about 2 a.m. Mateen then entered the night club and took hostages. “The officer engaged in a gun battle with the suspect. The suspect at some point after going back inside the club fired more shots. Reportedly, Mateen was armed with an “assault-type” rifle, a handgun and a “suspicious device”.

Mateen died at the scene after he was shot by police at about 5 a.m.. He had barricaded himself in the nightclub after opening fire. Witnesses reported that some of their friends were hiding in dressing rooms and bathrooms, trying to stay safe.

Management at Pulse took to Facebook to warn people to stay away. Everyone is being asked to stay out of the area. The attack occurred during Latin Night at Pulse, the one of the largest gay clubs in Orlando. (Mateen Pics -MySpace)