British Prime Minister Theresa May, Condemning the brutal attacks at the London Bridge and nearby areas that killed seven people and injured dozens others, has said that there is “far too much tolerance of extremism in our country”. It is believed that her statement was a reply to London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who said that the threat level in the country is although still “severe” but there is “no reason to be alarmed!”.
Asserting that the country is experiencing a new trend of brutal terror, May proposed to review counter-terrorism laws, and suggested longer sentences for some of the offences. “We will come together and, united, we will take on our enemies, she says. And that’s it. We’ll post a full summary shortly,” The Guardian quoted May as saying. She said that when it comes to tackling terrorism things have to change.
Highlighting that this was the third terror attack Britain has experienced in three months, after the Westminster and the Manchester Arena attacks, May praised the efforts with which police responded to these terror attacks. She said five credible attacks since the Westminster attack have been disrupted by the police. She also outlined four important areas that need to be changed in wake of the new terror attack. The four important ways which May said needs to be changed were:
- Defeating the extreme Islamist ideology by maintenance of a counter-terrorism operation and by persuading people that ‘pluralistic British values’ are superior.
- By not giving the terrorists safe space online for the plotting of terror attacks.
- There must be action at home.
- To review the counter-terrorism strategy, to ensure the police have the powers they need.
She also said the people need to be more vigilant in identifying and stamping out extremism across society. May had earlier chaired a meeting of Cobra, the government’s emergency committee. Armed men who launched an attack that left seven people dead and the country stunned less than a week before the General Election. At least seven persons were killed during attacks in two closely connected areas of London on Saturday night.
Three suspected attackers were shot dead by the police. The incidents took place on London Bridge and in nearby Borough Market. It was the third terror attack to strike the country this year, after a man drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in March and a bomb attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester two weeks ago.
(Based on inputs from ANI)