Theresa May Speaks Out On Terror Attack- ‘We Are Sickened’ And Arrests Made
Yesterday, as The Dirty reported, a terrorist attack tragically occurred in London. This morning, Prime Minister Theresa May spoke out about the attacks to the House of Commons.
“An act of terrorism tried to silence our democracy,” May shared in her speech.
“We are not afraid,” she later noted. “And our resolve will never waver in the face of terrorism.”
“We know that democracy – and the values it entails – will always prevail,” she continued. “Those values – free speech, liberty, human rights and the rule of law – are embodied here in this place, but they are shared by free people around the world.”
“What happened on the streets of Westminster yesterday afternoon sickened us all,” May also shared of the attacks.
She then discussed specifics of what happened, detailing the following:
“At approximately 2.40pm yesterday, a single attacker drove his vehicle at speed into innocent pedestrians who were crossing Westminster Bridge, killing two people and injuring around 40 more.
In addition to 12 Britons admitted to hospital, we know that the victims include three French children, two Romanians, four South Koreans, one German, one Pole, one Irish, one Chinese, one Italian, one American and two Greeks.
And we are in close contact with the governments of the countries of all those affected.
The injured also included three police officers who were returning from an event to recognise their bravery. Two of those three remain in a serious condition.
Mr Speaker, the attacker then left the vehicle and approached a police officer at Carriage Gates, attacking that officer with a large knife, before he was shot dead by an armed police officer.
Tragically, as the House will know, 48-year-old Pc Keith Palmer was killed.”
While noting that “The threat level to the UK has been set at ‘severe’ – meaning an attack is highly likely – for some time,” May then went on to discuss where they are in terms of finding out who is responsible for the attacks.
“I can confirm that overnight the police have searched six addresses and made eight arrests in Birmingham and London,” May shared. “It is still believed that this attacker acted alone, and the police have no reason to believe there are imminent further attacks on the public. His identity is known to the police and MI5 and, when operational considerations allow, he will be publicly identified.”
“What I can confirm is that the man was British-born and that – some years ago – he was once investigated in relation to concerns about violent extremism,” she added. “He was a peripheral figure. The case is historic – he was not part of the current intelligence picture.”
May wrapped with some hopeful remarks, noting that, “Yesterday we saw the worst of humanity, but we will remember the best… Our values will prevail.”
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with London- as well as the families and friends of those injured and killed yesterday- at this time.