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LONDON ATTACK: Islamic State group claims London attack

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The Islamic State group on Thursday claimed the deadly assault at the British parliament, as Prime Minister Theresa May identified the attacker as a British-born man known to intelligence services. "An act of terrorism tried to silence our democracy," May told a packed House of Commons, which stood for a minute's silence in remembrance of the victims of Wednesday's strike on the symbol of Britain's democracy.

"We are not afraid and our resolve will never waver in the face of terrorism," May said.
Armed police have arrested eight people in raids linked to the rampage that left three people dead and sowed panic in the heart of London.
The IS group said it was responsible, according to the Amaq propaganda agency linked to the jihadist organisation.
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"The perpetrator of yesterday's attack in front of the British parliament was a soldier of the Islamic State and the operation was carried out in response to calls to target coalition countries," Amaq said citing a "security source."
Defiant British lawmakers returned to "business as usual" in the surreal silence of an area of central London normally thronged with tourists.
Twenty-nine people were treated in hospital, including seven in critical condition, some with "catastrophic" injuries. Among them were French school children and foreign tourists.
The attacker mowed down pedestrians with a car on Westminster bridge, killing two, and then jumped out and stabbed to death a police officer guarding parliament before being shot dead.
The carnage was unleashed on the same day Brussels was marking the anniversary of Islamic State group bombings that killed 32 people.
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Hundreds of extra police were on patrol in London as officers worked around the clock to piece together what happened in the deadliest attack in Britain since four suicide bombers killed 52 people on the capital's transport system in July 2005.
Europe has been on high alert after a wave of deadly jihadist assaults over the past two years.
May said the attacker's identity was known to the police and the MI5 domestic intelligence service.
He was British-born and some years ago had been a "peripheral figure" investigated over concerns about violent extremism.

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