Armed police carried out a raid in the early morning hours of Thursday on six U.K. homes, arresting eight, according to a report from Fox News.
Even though police have said they think the man who mowed down pedestrians with an SUV on London’s Westminster Bridge on Wednesday acted alone, they still raided homes in the city of Birmingham, which is located approximately 130 miles north of London.
Multiple people, including a police officer, have been killed by the man whom police say was “inspired by Islamic terrorism,” according to U.K. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon. Seven of the 29 people who have since been hospitalized after the attack are in critical condition, said London metro police counterterrorism chief, Mark Rowley.
His identity has not been made public, but the terrorist was shot to death by police at the time.
The terror threat level in the U.K. was already at the “severe” point, and British Prime Minister Theresa May called it a “sick and depraved” act. She noted, “The greatest response lies not in the words of politicians but the everyday actions of ordinary people.”
The police officer who was killed by the attacker has been identified as Keith Palmer, 45. He had served as an officer for 15 years, according to Rowley, who declined to name the attacker himself, claiming it’s still “too early.” However, he did say officials have an idea of who the man was and are currently “working to establish who his associates are.”
In a precautionary move, armed and unarmed patrols have been deployed across the country.
H/T: Fox News
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