(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.
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.
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.”