ISIS Claims Responsibility For London Bridge Attack

The deadly car ramming and stabbing was carried out by a "detachment of Islamic state fighters," according to an official ISIS statement

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Jun 05, 2017 at 2:30 AM ET

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the car ramming and stabbing attack at London Bridge that killed eight people and injured scores more on Saturday, saying that it was carried out by a “detachment of Islamic state fighters” in an official statement on the terror group’s Amaq News Agency.

The Saturday night attack was carried out by three unidentified suspects who mowed a white van into a crowd of pedestrians on London Bridge before leaving the vehicle and stabbing dozens of people in the nearby Borough Market. The three assailants were shot dead by police within eight minutes.

Hours before the attack on Saturday, pro-ISIS channels on Telegram published a call for lone-wolf style truck attacks on Westerners during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

According to London police, twelve suspects were arrested on Monday in Barking, east London, following a raid of an apartment belonging to one of the three attackers. Neighbors told the authorities that one of the assailants had lived in that apartment for about three years and was married with two children. He was the son of asylum seekers from Pakistan and had worked at a KFC fast food branch before leaving for a job at the London Underground two years ago, according to reports.

The London Bridge killing is the third terror attack on British soil in as many months. It follows the car ramming and stabbing attack at Westminster Bridge in March, which left five people dead, and the bombing at an Ariana Grande bombing in Manchester Arena in May, in which 22 people were killed.