Eight Arrested Following Attacks in London 0

{By Laura Smith-Spark and Carol Jordan,

Police investigating the deadliest London terror attack in 12 years have arrested eight people in raids around Britain, as an ISIS-affiliated news agency claimed that the extremist group was behind the outrage.

Prime Minister Theresa May revealed the perpetrator was British born and once linked to violent extremism, as she addressed Parliament a day after it was locked down when the assailant breached its perimeter.

May said the attacker had been investigated by security services but was regarded as a “peripheral figure.” Authorities did not know he was about to mount an assault, she said.

Britain’s most senior counterterror police officer said inquiries were continuing in London, Birmingham and elsewhere after the lone attacker plowed a car into crowds of people before stabbing a police officer dead in the grounds of the UK Parliament.

A tweet from ISIS-affiliated news agency Amaq said the attacker was “a soldier” of ISIS inspired by its message. However, ISIS has provided no evidence for any direct links to the assailant, whom it did not name.

The first civilian victim was identified as a teacher, Aysha Frade, originally from Spain.

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