It’s not yet a full day after the attack, but already some answers are beginning to materialize.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the London Bridge attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, an organization that tracks terrorists. ISIS has often taken responsibility for similar attacks, even if there is little evidence to support their claim, and even if the attacker may have only been inspired by the group. Two days ago ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack on a casino in the Philippines that killed 37 people. A single gunmen opened fire, then torched gambling tables, and many of the victims died of smoke inhalation. Police later said there was “no truth” in ISIS’s claim.
If it is true, however, this would be the third attack this year in the U.K. that ISIS takes credit for.
Police said they identified the three suspects, all of whom were shot and killed within eight minutes of the first call to police at 10:08 local time. Investigators were not releasing the names of the suspects, but earlier Sunday morning officer made 12 arrests in connection to the attack. Police raided two addresses in the Barking neighborhood in east London. No one was identified by name, but police said those arrested included seven women and five men, ranging from 19 to 60 years old. One man, who was 55, was released in the afternoon without charge.