Following Saturday’s terror attack in London, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced Monday that the United Kingdom’s threat level would remain at “severe,” meaning another attack is “highly likely.”
“JTAC, the independent Joint Terrorism Analysis Center … confirmed that the national threat level remains at severe, that means that a terrorist attack is highly likely,” May told the BBC.
“It is now clear that, sadly, victims came from a number of nationalities,” May said. “This was an attack on London and the United Kingdom, but it was also an attack on the free world.”
Saturday’s terror attack left seven people dead and 48 injured after three men in a rented van mowed over a group of pedestrians on the London Bridge. The perpetrators then got out of the van and went on a stabbing spree, killing victims in a popular bar and restaurant area.
Police ultimately shot and killed the attackers.
According to SITE Intelligence Group, ISIS claimed responsibility for the atrocity, the third attack in Britain that the terror group has owned this year.
London saw a similar attack in March involving a vehicle plowing over pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and, two weeks ago, a suicide-bomb explosion rocked an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
The U.K. raised its threat level to severe following the Manchester attack. At the time, May contended that the terrorists “will not win.”
“At terrible moments like these, it is customary for leaders, politicians and others to condemn the perpetrators and declare that the terrorists will not win,” May said. “But the fact that we have been here before, and the fact that we need to say this again does not make it any less true.”
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