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  1. RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Saturday presided over a high-level security meeting in the backdrop of recent spate of terrorist activities in the country, according to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). The COAS was briefed in detail about the recent incidents and their manifest linkages with terrorist sanctuaries in Afghanistan operating under the patronage of NDS and Indian covert agency, RAW. The meeting was held a day after three deadly attacks in Karachi, Quetta and Parachinar, killed 85 people, including 11 policemen, and wounded more than hundred others. Seven policemen among 14 killed in suicide car bombing in Quetta Nine policemen said to be among 21 injured; investigations under way Death toll from twin blasts in Parachinar rises to 67 The two back-to-back explosions occurred as people were busy shopping for Iftar and Eid in Turi Bazaar area General Bajwa said that since 9/11, Pakistan is one of the few countries which have borne the brunt of terrorism and made monumental sacrifices to effectively neutralize this menace in its state territories, the ISPR said in a statement. "Unfortunately our sacrifices against terrorism are not well acknowledged and we are often subjected to demand of 'Do More'," the statement quoted the army chief as saying. The meeting concluded that "while counter-terrorism efforts by Pakistan continue, it is time now for the other stake holders particularly Afghanistan to 'Do More'." Recent terrorist attacks linked to sanctuaries in Afghanistan: ISPR Four policemen martyred in Karachi gun attack Policemen had stopped at a local eatery for Iftar when the attack occurred The COAS reiterated that they will continue their efforts to positively contribute towards regional peace & stability, and won't allow use of the Pakistani territory against any other country, the statement said. He appreciated efforts of security forces, intelligence and law enforcement agencies in foiling countless terrorist bids under ongoing operation 'Raddul Fasaad'. General Bajwa further expressed his resolve to eliminate the menace of terrorism to ensure safety & security of Pakistan, and its resilient people, whom he said were the real strength of their valiant forces.
  2. ISLAMABAD: The United States on Saturday condemned the multiple terror attacks that shook the country on June 23 and assured Pakistan of cooperation to combat the threat of terrorism, said a statement released by the US State Department. ?We will continue to work with the Government of Pakistan and our partners across the region to combat the threat of terrorism,? said the statement. The statement also added that the US stands with the people of Pakistan in their fight against terrorism. Condolences were also offered to the victims and their families. At least 55 people were killed on June 23 when multiple terror attacks rocked Pakistan after a period of relative calm. Triple bombings in Quetta and Parachinar and a gun attack on policemen in Karachi shook the nation days before the end of Ramazan.
  3. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/f0811ef8978fdc9d260e1970a12d21ac.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni8yMi8yMDE3IDg6MDk6MTMgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1XWWpPd3ZWQ3E0eTAwN21OYzBOTDRBPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will not tolerate any drone attacks on its territory, said Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria on Thursday that while referring to an Iranian drone shot down in the country's airspace on Wednesday. The UAV was shot down in Balochistan's Panjgur District along the Pak-Iran border. "The drone was hit by Pakistan Air Force jets as it was unidentified and flying around three to four kilometres inside Pakistani territory," a statement issued by the ministry had stated. Drone attacks are against Pakistan's integrity, remarked Zakaria. During the weekly media briefing, Zakaria also said that Pakistan gives importance to its relation with the United States. Pakistan wants to work with the new US administration, he reiterated. "Pakistan will not let its land be used against other countries.? Operations against terrorists seek to serve our national interest, he explained. On relations with Afghanistan, he said that ?we will welcome any delegation from Afghanistan visiting Pakistan.? Two-way visits will help strengthening Pakistan-Afghanistan ties, he added. He stressed that Pakistan and China are working to restore peace in Afghanistan. "Border management with Afghanistan is essential," he said, adding that border management will help control the movement of terrorists.
  4. Photo: File LAHORE: A woman on Thursday accused her husband for attacking her with knives and chopping off her hair in Lahore?s Subzazar vicinity. The victim?s family lodged a complaint against her husband Babar, following which the police arrested the accused. Tayibba, 28, was shifted to Jinnah Hospital for treatment. Multan: Woman burnt by husband dies MULTAN: A woman, who was burnt by husband and his sister-in-law at MDA Chowk, died at the burns unit of Nishtar Hospital here on Tuesday.SHO Chehlyak police station Malik Tahir told APP that... Domestic violence against women is not an uncommon occurrence in Pakistan. In a similar incident last month, a woman from Multan was set on fire by her in-laws over a domestic issue. The victim eventually succumbed to the burn wounds.
  5. Production at other plants operated by the automaker had not been affected, and regular operations had resumed at the Sayama plant on Tuesday. Photo: AFP/file TOKYO: Honda said Wednesday it had temporarily halted production at a plant in Japan after it suffered a cyberattack from the same ransomware that struck hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide last month. The Japanese automaker said it had shut its plant in Sayama, near Tokyo, on Monday after discovering its computer system was infected with the so-called WannaCry virus. The virus encrypts computer files, making them inaccessible until users pay a ransom. "The malware affected the production of about 1,000 cars," a Honda spokeswoman told AFP, adding that production restarted on Tuesday. "There is a possibility that our overseas facilities were also infected... We´re now investigating that," she added. Honda´s plant produces a number of models including the Accord sedan and Odyssey Minivan. The unprecedented global cyberattacks, which started in mid May, struck banks, hospitals and government agencies in more than 150 countries, exploiting known vulnerabilities in old Microsoft computer operating systems. In May, French auto giant Renault was hit, forcing it to halt production at sites in France, Slovenia and Romania as part of measures to stop the spread of the virus. Nissan´s British unit in Sunderland was also hit in the attack. In Japan, 2,000 computers at 600 companies and organisations had been affected by the May virus, according to media reports. Japanese conglomerate Hitachi was also affected, saying its computer networks were "unstable", crippling its email systems. Authorities across the world have issued public alerts warning computer users to beware of suspicious emails and beef up their computer security measures.
  6. TEHRAN: Iran has targeted militants in Syria with missiles in retaliation for deadly attacks in Tehran. Late Sunday, the elite Revolutionary Guards launched six missiles from western Iran into Syria´s mostly Daesh held Deir Ezzor province, hitting their command base, the Guards said. The strike was "revenge" for twin attacks in Tehran on June 7 that killed 17 people in the first Daesh claimed attacks inside Iran, a Guards spokesman added. As well as punishing "terrorists", it was intended to show that Iran is capable of projecting military power across the region, officials and experts said. Sunday´s strike was the first known missile attack launched from Iran into foreign territory since the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88. "The missile attacks were only a small part of Iran´s punitive power against terrorists and enemies," Guards spokesman General Ramezan Sharif said Monday. "International and regional supporters of the terrorists must realise the warning message of the missile operation." Iran has long accused the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia of backing "terrorists". US President Donald Trump meanwhile accuses Iran of backing terrorism, a charge it denies and has threatened to tear up a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.
  7. The North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 9, 2017. Photo: Reuters The US government on Tuesday issued a rare alert squarely blaming the North Korean government for a raft of cyber attacks stretching back to 2009 and warning that more were likely. The joint warning from the US Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said that "cyber actors of the North Korean government," referred to in the report as "Hidden Cobra," had targeted the media, aerospace and financial sectors, as well as critical infrastructure, in the United States and globally. The new level of detail about the US government's analysis of suspected North Korean hacking activity coincides with increasing tensions between Washington and Pyongyang because of North Korea's missile tests. The alert warned that North Korea would continue to rely on cyber operations to advance its military and strategic objectives. North Korea has routinely denied involvement in cyber attacks against other countries. The North Korean mission to the United Nations was not immediately available for comment. Tuesday's alert said Hidden Cobra has been previously referred to by private sector experts as Lazarus Group and Guardians of the Peace, which have been linked to attacks such as the 2014 intrusion into Sony Corp's (6758.T) Sony Pictures Entertainment. Symantec Corp (SYMC.O) and Kaspersky Lab both said last month it was "highly likely" that Lazarus was behind the WannaCry ransomware attack that infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide, disrupting operations at hospitals, banks and schools. The alert did not identify specific Hidden Cobra victims. It said the group had compromised a range of victims and that some intrusions had resulted in thefts of data while others were disruptive. The group's capabilities include denial of service attacks, which send reams of junk traffic to a server to knock it offline, keystroke logging, remote access tools and several variants of malware, the alert said. John Hultquist, a cyber intelligence analyst with FireEye Inc (FEYE.O), said that his firm was concerned about increasingly aggressive cyber attacks from North Korea. The hacks include cyber espionage at South Korean finance, energy and transportation firms that appears to be reconnaissance ahead of other attacks that would be disruptive or destructive, he said. "It suggests they are preparing for something fairly significant," he added. Hidden Cobra commonly targets systems that run older versions of Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) operating systems that are no longer patched, the alert said, and also used vulnerabilities in Adobe Systems Inc's (ADBE.O) Flash software to gain access into targeted computers. The report urged organisations to upgrade to current versions of Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight or, when possible, uninstall those applications altogether. Microsoft said it an emailed statement that it had "addressed" the Silverlight issue in a January 2016 software update. Adobe said via email that it patched the vulnerabilities in June 2016. North Korean hacking activity has grown increasingly hostile in recent years, according to Western officials and cyber security experts. The alert arrived on the same day that North Korea released an American university student who had been held captive by Pyongyang for 17 months. Otto Warmbier, 22, was on his way back to the United States on Tuesday but in a coma and in urgent need of medical care, according to Bill Richardson, a veteran former diplomat and politician who has played a role in past negotiations with North Korea. "The US government seeks to arm network defenders with the tools they need to identify, detect and disrupt North Korean government malicious cyber activity that is targeting our country's and our allies? networks," a DHS official said about the alert. The official was not authorised to speak publicly.
  8. TEHRAN: Iran has tracked down and killed several suspected militants including the alleged mastermind of twin attacks in Tehran last week, a security official and a minister have said. Dozens of suspects have been arrested since the attacks on Wednesday killed 17 people in the first assault in Iran to be claimed by the Daesh militant group. Police late Sunday killed four Daesh suspects in the southern province of Hormozgan, the ISNA news agency on Monday reported police chief Azizollah Maleki as saying. "Two of the killed criminals were foreign nationals... while the identity of other members is being investigated," Maleki said, adding that weapons and a Daesh flag were seized during the raid. Iran has said five Iranians, who had joined Daesh and travelled to its Iraq and Syria bastions, carried out Wednesday´s attacks on the parliament and the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Late Saturday, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said the alleged mastermind behind the attacks had been tracked down and killed outside the country. "The mastermind who controlled the team... who had fled outside the country... paid the price for his crimes, with the cooperation of intelligence services of allied countries," Alavi told state television, without providing further details. At least 41 Daesh suspects have been arrested since the attacks, according to Alavi, who said Iran has dismantled suspected militant cells with increasing frequency in recent months. In the entire year to March 2017 "we dismantled 45 cells, while in the past two-and-a-half months alone we have dismantled more than 25 terrorist cells," he said. Officials have reported the arrests of suspected Daesh members in and around Tehran, as well as in the country´s centre, southern governorates, and western provinces near the Iraqi border.
  9. Smoke is seen during an attack on the Iranian parliament in central Tehran, Iran. Tasnim News Agency/Handout via REUTERS Iran said its security forces on Saturday killed the mastermind of a twin attack on Tehran that left 17 people dead this week, as security was tightened around the country to prevent other possible plots. Daesh has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings and gun attacks on parliament and the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic's founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, on Wednesday. "The mastermind and main commander of terrorist attacks on the parliament and Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini was killed today by the security forces," intelligence minister Mahmoud Alavi was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency. Alavi said that in the last month the intelligence ministry had identified and crushed "a terrorist team" almost every day but had not publicised it to avoiding spreading fear among the public. Iranian authorities have also arrested seven people it suspects of helping militants involved in attacks, a judiciary official said on Saturday. Ahmad Fazelian, a provincial judiciary official, said the seven, suspected of "providing support for the terrorist team", were detained in Fardis, about 50 kilometres west of Tehran, the judiciary's online news agency Mizan reported. On Friday, authorities announced the arrests of 41 suspects in connection with the twin Tehran attacks. Separately, the head of the judiciary in Fars province said seven people were detained in the southern Larestan area for possible ties to Daesh, Iran's ISNA news agency reported on Saturday. Tehran police said the car the attackers used on Wednesday was discovered on Saturday in the city centre. "The terrorists first went by car to the mausoleum and after dropping two of them off, went to the city centre to attack parliament," the police said in a statement published on state media.
  10. Flanked by party leaders, Imran Khan speaks to newsmen in Bani Gala. ? Geo News screengrab ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Friday voiced apprehensions that the Nawaz-league may go "beyond verbal attacks on the Supreme Court" and called his party activists to prepare for taking to the streets. Speaking to newsmen in Bani Gala, Khan said he has given a call to his party to be prepared for it is feared that the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) would do something against the apex court. "If they did something, our workers would take to the streets," he asserted. He alleged that the PML-N has policemen in its ranks, not workers; it is only the PTI which has loyal activists and we would prove our support in public. Mentioning that his party is only awaiting findings of the Panama case joint investigation team (JIT), the PTI chief warned that he was going to be "dangerous for the PML-N and Nawaz Sharif". "Nawaz Sharif had demanded Yousuf Raza Gilani to step down as the PM as long as investigations had been ongoing against him," he said. "We too demand the same from him." "We request the Supreme Court to order Nawaz's removal as prime minister," Khan said, adding that as long as Sharif was heading institutions, he would not let them investigate. He went on to lament that no action was taken on Nehal Hashmi's threats, while Rana Sanaullah was also issuing similar statements. The PTI chief said the (apex court) should take notice of the rhetoric against the JIT.
  11. Iran's foreign minister on Thursday rejected Donald Trump's condolences for the deadly attacks in Tehran. Photo: Reuters/file Iran's foreign minister on Thursday rejected Donald Trump's condolences for deadly attacks in Tehran, calling the US president's words repugnant. Trump had said he prayed for the victims of Wednesday's attacks that were claimed by Daesh, but added that "states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote." Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his Twitter account: "Repugnant White House statement .... Iranian people reject such US claims of friendship." Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini's mausoleum in Tehran, killing at least 13 people in an unprecedented assault that Iran's Revolutionary Guards blamed on regional rival Saudi Arabia. However, Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack.
  12. LONDON: Britain braces for the final day of general election campaigning on Wednesday, after a turbulent few weeks which have shifted the political ground and been marred by terror attacks. Prime Minister Theresa May was riding high when she called a snap election on April 18, having kicked off Brexit proceedings and boasting a double-digit lead over the rival Labour party. After London attack, May faces election heat over police cuts But in recent weeks, the Conservative leader has seen her popularity wane as the political debate shifted from EU membership to domestic policy and her own record on security. "Give me your backing to lead Britain, give me the authority to speak for Britain, strengthen my hand as I fight for Britain," May urged voters on Tuesday in Stoke-on-Trent, the city that registered the highest vote for leaving the European Union. With formal Brexit talks due to start on June 19, May is hoping to sweep up supporters from the UK Independence Party as well as taking seats from Labour. The Conservatives have run a presidential-style campaign, promoting May as the "strong and stable" leader to fight Britain´s corner in Brussels and warning that Labour´s Jeremy Corbyn is not up to the task. Despite being seen as an unlikely leader -- one who has faced off a rebellion by his own MPs -- Corbyn has gained momentum during the election campaign and regularly attracts big crowds to his rallies. Labour gained a boost following the May 18 release of the Conservatives´ manifesto, outlining elderly care costs which the tabloids dubbed the "dementia tax". The pledge hit the party´s core supporters and May was forced to backtrack on capping the costs, prompting further criticism that she was unreliable. A "Liar, Liar GE2017" election protest song which targeted May and the Conservatives has made waves, reaching number four in the weekly charts on Friday. Terror attacks But even though the prime minister has faced a tougher campaign than expected, the Conservatives are still ahead in the polls. According to a poll published Tuesday by the group Survation, May´s one-time 20-point lead over Labour has shrivelled to just over a single point -- 41.6 percent to 40.4 percent. Bookmakers, meanwhile, forecast May will win an increased majority. Ladbrokes predict the Conservatives´ present majority will rise from 17 to 70 seats, while William Hill suggests a more modest increase to between 40 and 50. Since failing to predict the outcome of the last general election and the Brexit referendum, pollsters have adjusted their methodologies and broadly show the Conservatives ahead despite their lead narrowing. The final day of campaigning comes under the shadow of security concerns, following three terrorist attacks since March all involving assailants who were known to the authorities. In the most recent attack, seven people were killed on Saturday when three men drove into pedestrians and went on a stabbing spree in central London before being shot by police. Attacker Khuram Shazad Butt was known to British intelligence services, while an Italian prosecutor said Britain was notified that one of his accomplices, Youssef Zaghba, was a "possible suspect" back in March 2016. Their rampage followed a similar attack next to British parliament in March, in which assailant Khalid Masood was shot after killing five people. In the most deadly attack, Salman Abedi killed 22 people at a Manchester concert venue on May 22 when he detonated a suicide bomb. The electorate usually favours the Conservatives on security issues, but May has come under fire for her record during the six years she served as interior minister. The devastating terror attacks have also heightened public admiration for the emergency services, which have faced government cuts in recent years.
  13. [Image: (L-R) Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba] The Met's Counter Terrorism Command has released the name and photograph of the third attacker shot dead by police following the terrorist attacks on London Bridge and at Borough Market on Saturday. The Met police's website says that while formal identification is yet to take place, detectives believe he is 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba, from east London. The deceased's family have been informed. He is believed to be an Italian national of Moroccan dissent. He was not a police or MI5 subject of interest, the police add. All three men involved in the attack were confronted and shot dead by armed officers within eight minutes of the first call. British Police name two London attackers as Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane Butt was 27 and a British citizen born in Pakistan, while Redouane was 30 and claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan The other two were named on June 5 as Pakistani-born British citizen Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, and Rachid Redouane, 30, from Barking, had claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan. He also used the name Rachid Elkhdar, with a different date of birth of 31.7.91. The police added that they have also arrested a man at an address in Barking this morning. [M], a 27-year-old man, was arrested under the Terrorism Act earlier today. AFP adds: Italy´s main newspapers said Zaghba´s mother was from Bologna and his father was Moroccan.
  14. A man holds a Union flag as he kneels near flowers layed at Potters Fields Park in London on June 5 Rome: The third suspsect arrested over a deadly attack in central London was Youssef Zaghba, 22, a dual Italian-Moroccan citizen, Italian media reported Tuesday. British Police name two London attackers as Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane Butt was 27 and a British citizen born in Pakistan, while Redouane was 30 and claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan British police have confirmed the identity of two of the three attackers but had been retaining the name of the third while investigations into possible accomplices and contacts continued. Italy´s main newspapers said Zaghba´s mother was from Bologna and his father was Moroccan.
  15. After a militant attack on a nightlife district of London this weekend, British Prime Minister Theresa May will resume campaigning on Monday just three days before a national election which polls show is much tighter than previously predicted. May said Britain must be tougher in stamping out Islamist extremism after three knife-wielding assailants rammed a hired van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby, killing seven people and injuring 48. After the third militant attack in Britain in less than three months, May said Thursday's election would go ahead. But she said Britain had been far too tolerant of extremism. "Violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process," May said outside her Downing Street office, where British flags flew at half-staff. Daesh on Sunday night claimed responsibility for the attack via the militant group's agency Amaq. "A detachment of Daesh fighters executed yesterday's London attack," a statement posted on Amaq's media page, monitored in Cairo, said. London police arrested 12 people in the Barking district of east London in connection with the attack and raids were continuing there, the force said. Police have not released the names of the attackers. It was not immediately clear how the attack would impact the election. The campaign was suspended for several days last month when a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by Ariana Grande in Manchester. Grande gave an emotional performance on Sunday at a benefit gig in the city for the victims of the attack, singing with a choir of local schoolchildren, including some who had been at her show. Before the London Bridge attack, May's gamble on a June 8 snap election had been thrust into doubt after polls showed her Conservative Party's lead had collapsed in recent weeks. Shadow of attacks While British pollsters all predict May will win the most seats in Thursday's election, they have given an array of different numbers for how big her win will be, ranging from a landslide victory to a much more slender win without a majority. Some polls indicate the election could be close, possibly throwing Britain into political deadlock just days before formal Brexit talks with the European Union are due to begin on June 19. In a sign of how much her campaign has soured just five days before voting begins, May's personal rating turned negative for the first time in one of ComRes's polls since she won the top job in the turmoil following the June 23 Brexit referendum. May called the snap election in a bid to strengthen her hand in negotiations on Britain's exit from the European Union, to win more time to deal with the impact of the divorce and to strengthen her grip on the Conservative Party. If she fails to beat handsomely the 12-seat majority her predecessor David Cameron won in 2015, her electoral gamble will have failed and her authority will be undermined both inside the Conservative Party and at talks with 27 other EU leaders. May said the series of attacks were not connected in terms of planning and execution but were inspired by what she called a "single, evil ideology of Islamist extremism" that represented a perversion of Islam and of the truth. Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn criticised May, who was an interior minister from 2010 to 2016, for cutting police numbers during her tenure in charge of the interior ministry. "The mass murderers who brought terror to our streets in London and Manchester want our election to be halted. They want democracy halted," Corbyn said in Carlisle, northern England. "They want their violence to overwhelm our right to vote in a fair and peaceful election and to go about our lives freely." "That is why it would be completely wrong to postpone next Thursday's vote or to suspend our campaigning any longer." When May stunned political opponents and financial markets by calling the snap election, her poll ratings indicated she could be on course to win a landslide majority on a par with the 1983 majority of 144 won by Margaret Thatcher. But since then, May's lead has been eroded, meaning she might no longer score the thumping victory over socialist Corbyn she had hoped for ahead of Brexit negotiations.
  16. PARIS: British and world leaders condemned the London attack Sunday, reacting with both outrage and solidarity, while Pope Francis urged believers in St Peter's Square to pray for the victims. Britain London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the attack was "a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners and visitors to our city enjoying their Saturday night," adding, "There is no justification whatsoever for such barbaric acts". Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed that the "terrible incident in London" was being treated as "a potential act of terrorism" and said she would hold emergency ministerial talks later in the day. Andy Burnham, newly-elected mayor of Manchester ? where a suicide bomber killed 22 people on May 22 at a concert by US singer Ariana Grande ? said, "Terrorism will not break us." Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, "Brutal and shocking incidents reported in London. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. Thank you to the emergency services." Scottish Nationalist Party leader Nicola Sturgeon, "Dreadful news from London. My thoughts are with all those affected." Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, "Today we are united across borders in horror and mourning, but also in determination," she said in a statement. "For Germany, I reiterate that in the fight against all forms of terrorism, we are resolutely at Britain's side". US President Donald Trump, "Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the UK, we will be there - WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!" State Department called the assaults "cowardly attacks targeting innocent civilians" and added, "The United States stands ready to provide any assistance authorities in the United Kingdom may request." Ariana Grande, who was to be joined by stars including Justin Bieber and Katy Perry at a benefit show in Manchester Sunday night less than 24 hours after the London attack, tweeted simply, "Praying for London." Russia President Vladimir Putin "expresses his profound condolences for the British people and condemns the terrorist attack carried out hours ago in London," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian news agencies. Turkey Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, "This treacherous attack once again highlighted that cooperation in the fight against all types of terror must be carried out decisively." Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, "Baghdad, Kabul, and now London. We condemn terror wherever it happens. We shall defeat terror by a joint fight." European Union European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, in a letter to British Prime Minister Theresa May, "I know that the people of London will carry on defiantly, just like the people of Manchester showed us such a short time ago. The European Union, its Member States and its allies around the world will stand with them in solidarity." France President Emmanuel Macron, "In the face of this new tragedy, France is more than ever at Britain's side. My thoughts go out to the victims and their loved ones." Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, during a reception with the parliamentary press, said, "Canadians stand united in sending our love and support to our friends in London." In his statement on social media, he said, ?These hateful acts do not deter us; they only strengthen our resolve. Canadians stand united with the British people. We will continue to work together with the United Kingdom and all our allies to fight terrorism and bring perpetrators to justice." Multiple terrorist attacks in London: what transpired? British police say they are dealing with the incident at London Bridge Arab League Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit called for "immediate and strong action from the international community" in order "to break the forces of terrorism and extremism" which "represent one of the biggest challenges the contemporary world faces". The Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, "London is in mourning, once again, after a cowardly attack. And we are in mourning with her. Our thoughts and our heart are with the victims and their families". The Vatican Pope Francis, "May the Holy Spirit bring peace to the whole world, cure it of the plagues of war and terrorism, which even last night in London has struck innocent civilians." "Let us pray for the victims and those close to them," he added. Italy Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, "In memory of the victims and the injured, we stand together in a shared commitment to combatting terrorism. "You are not alone," Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said. Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, "Prayers and resolute solidarity are today as always with the people of Britain in the face of the shocking terrorist attacks in London." New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English, "New Zealand's thoughts are with the victims of today's attack, along with their families and friends. Our hearts go out to you. Too many lives are being taken by terrorists set on inflicting pain and suffering on innocent people."
  17. Background image: A woman attaches a sign near London Bridge after attackers rammed a hired van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby killing and injuring people in London, Britain. June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls The United Arab Emirates on Sunday warned its citizens against travelling to Britain after the London Bridge attack, the third in the country linked to militants in three months. The warning was based on the ministry's assessment of risks and threats following the attack, state news agency WAM reported citing Ahmed Al Ham Al Dhaheri, the Assistant Under-Secretary for Consular Affairs at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC). The ministry urged its citizens in Britain to "take extreme caution while moving from one place to another and to avoid public places during this period". UAE citizens in the UK "would be informed about any development related to their security while abroad", it added. Earlier, the UAE Embassy in the UK had informed that there was no UAE citizen among the victims of the London terror attacks.
  18. US President Donald Trump holds a rally at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, US. March 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump came under fire on Sunday for criticising London's mayor in the aftermath of attacks in the city that killed seven people and injured at least 48 others. In a tweet, Trump seized on comments by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who said Britons should not be alarmed to see more police on the streets after three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing others nearby. "At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'" Trump tweeted. "We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don't get smart it will only get worse," Trump said. In response, a spokesperson for the London mayor said Khan "is busy working with the police, emergency services and the government to coordinate the response to this horrific and cowardly terrorist attack." "He has more important things to do than [to] respond to Donald Trump's ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police ? including armed officers ? on the streets," the spokesperson said. Former Vice President Al Gore, speaking on CNN's State of the Union program, said he thought Trump's tweet misrepresented what the mayor had said. "I don't think that a major terrorist attack like this is the time to be divisive and to criticise a mayor who's trying to organise his city's response to this attack," Gore, a Democrat, said. Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat and the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN that it "troubles" him to see the kinds of tweets Trump has put out in the aftermath of the London attacks. 'Full support' Earlier, Trump offered US help to Britain and promoted his controversial travel ban as an extra level of security for Americans. "Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U.K., we will be there - WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!" Trump wrote on Saturday. Trump also spoke with British Prime Minister Theresa May to offer condolences and offered Washington's "full support" in investigating and bringing the perpetrators to justice, the White House said in a statement. In addition, the American president cited the London attacks to push his controversial March 6 executive order that would temporarily ban entry into the United States of people from six predominantly Muslim countries. The ban has been blocked in the courts and Trump's legal team has asked the Supreme Court to reinstate it. Trump has said the travel ban is needed to protect Americans from terrorist attacks. Critics say his reasoning is flawed and assail the ban as discriminatory. Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press program, former Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday, "A travel ban will be cannon fodder to the recruiters. It's the worst thing we could do." Republican Senator Susan Collins told the CBS program Face the Nation that she thought Trump's travel ban was "not the right way to go" because it is too broad. The US State Department said it was monitoring the security situation and advised Americans in Britain to heed the advice of local authorities and maintain their security awareness. The US Department of Homeland Security issued a statement late Saturday saying "At this time, we have no information to indicate a specific, credible terror threat in the United States." Law enforcement officials in major US cities said they were not aware of any threats but were on alert.
  19. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/f087d987e63615e8f7e40f2054c2f4dc.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni80LzIwMTcgMjozMzozOSBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPTEvcE0rdkxiQ1lvSUJpTVh6QjhqZVE9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] LONDON: British police arrested 12 people Sunday in connection with the attacks in London that left seven people dead, after raiding several addresses in Barking, a suburb to the east of the capital. "The investigation into last night´s horrific attack in London is progressing rapidly as the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) continue to piece together exactly what occurred," the force said in a statement. It added that "a number of addresses" in Barking were still being searched. Four women wearing Islamic veils over their faces were seen being led away by police by an AFP photographer, although it was not clear whether they were among those arrested. There were several police vehicles outside a block of flats that had been cordoned off. Sky News had previously reported the arrest of four men following a raid by armed police at 7:00 am (0600 GMT), as well as one woman who was then released. Three men rammed a van through crowds of pedestrians on London Bridge on Saturday, before attacking revellers with knives, leaving seven people dead and 48 in hospital. The assailants were shot dead at the scene, although police are still seeking to establish whether they had accomplices. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick earlier told reporters: "We believe the threat that they posed was neutralised. "Of course it´s a very complex and confused scene, and a confused series of events. "So it´s important that we first of all make sure there is no one else outstanding. We don´t believe there is, but we must make absolutely certain of that. "We have a very large investigation ongoing, and we will be seeking to establish whether anyone else was working with or assisting in any way or helping in the planning of this attack." At least 48 people were injured in the attack, the third to hit Britain in less than three months and occurring days ahead of a snap parliamentary election on Thursday. Police shot dead the three male assailants in the Borough Market area near the bridge within eight minutes of receiving the first emergency call shortly after 10 p.m. local time geo_embedgallery The attack came just five days ahead of a general election and just minutes after the end of the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus in an area teeming with bars where many fans were watching the football on television. Britain is on high alert only 12 days after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert in Manchester, north-west England and ahead of Thursday´s general election, in which security is a major theme. It is the latest in a string of attacks to hit Europe, including in Paris, Berlin and Saint Petersburg. Witnesses described the van speeding into several pedestrians on London Bridge and then one or more knife-wielding men sprinting towards bars packed with revellers enjoying a Saturday night out. One witness described seeing five assailants and several people said they were locked inside pubs and restaurants by police and had to come out with their hands on their heads. Italian photographer Gabriele Sciotto, who was watching the Champions League final at the Wheatsheaf pub in Borough Market, said he saw three men shot just outside the pub. In his picture, a man wearing combat trousers, with a shaved head and what looked like a belt with canisters attached to it could be seen on the ground with two more bodies behind him. Police responded rapidly with dozens of emergency vehicles and authorities led shell-shocked members of the public away from the scene. The three suspects were shot by armed police within eight minutes of the first call to the emergency services. The attack had harrowing echoes of an attack on London´s Westminster Bridge when 52-year-old British Khalid Masood rammed his car into pedestrians before crashing into the barriers surrounding parliament and then stabbing a police officer to death. US President Donald Trump offered his help, tweeting "WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!" French President Emmanuel Macron said France was "more than ever at Britain´s side." US pop star Ariana Grande, whose concert in Manchester was the scene of last week´s fatal terror attack, tweeted: "Praying for London". ´Her throat had been cut´ Witnesses on London Bridge reported seeing a van mounting the pavement and hitting pedestrians. "There was a van that crashed into the fences on London Bridge. And then there was a man with a knife, he was running. He came down the stairs and went to the bar," Dee, 26, who was visibly in shock and declined to give her last name, told AFP. BBC reporter Holly Jones, who was on London Bridge at the time of the incident, said she saw a van driven by a man travelling "at about 50 miles (80 kilometres) an hour". Alex Shellum at the Mudlark pub near the scene of the attack said a woman had come into the bar "bleeding heavily from the neck". "It appeared that her throat had been cut," he told the BBC. ´Large blade´ Another witness, who gave his name as Alessandro, also told BBC radio that he saw a van strike several people on London Bridge. "I saw this van going left and right, left and right, trying to catch as many people as he could. And people just tried to get out of the way of the van. "Then I tried to help people, wounded people." Husband and wife Ben and Natalie told BBC radio they were outside Borough Market when they witnessed a stabbing. Ben said: "We saw people running away and then I saw a man in red with a large blade, at a guess 10 inches (25 centimetres) long, stabbing a man, about three times. "It looked like the man had been trying to intervene, but there wasn´t much he could do. He was being stabbed quite coldly and he slumped to the ground." Ben said the man then walked towards another pub. He said they saw a metal chair being thrown towards the man. "Then we heard three gunshots, definitely gunshots, and we ran." Germany ´resolutely at Britain´s side´ after attack: Merkel Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that Germany was "resolutely at Britain´s side" after the attack in London that left six people dead and almost 50 injured. "Today we are united across borders in horror and mourning, but also in determination," Merkel said in a statement. "For Germany, I reiterate that in the fight against all forms of terrorism, we are resolutely at Britain´s side." French people among London attack casualties: French presidency French people are among the casualties from the London attack which left six dead and nearly 50 wounded, the Elysee Palace said on Sunday without giving further details. "France is doing everything it can to help," the presidency said in a statement, adding that security would be tightened for expatriates voting in London Sunday in the upcoming French parliamentary election. UK Conservatives suspend election campaign after London attack Britain´s ruling Conservatives said Sunday they were suspending their campaign for Thursday´s general election after six people died in a suspected terror attack in London. "The Conservative party will not be campaigning nationally today. We will review as the day goes on and as more details of the attack emerge," a spokesman told AFP. More parties are likely to follow suit. We stand in solidarity with the people and government of UK: PM Nawaz Sharif Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the terrorist attack in London resulting in loss of precious lives and injuries to many. In a statement denouncing the terrorist attack on Sunday, the Prime Minister said we [the people of Pakistan] stand in solidarity with the people and government of United Kingdom. He expressed condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of the injured. In a statement on Sunday, the Foreign Office spokesperson said the people and government of Pakistan stand in solidarity with the United Kingdom and its people in this hour of grief. He reiterated Pakistan?s stance that terrorism is a global menace and as a common challenge it needs to be tackled with collective effort and cooperation. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan took to Twitter to condemn the terrorist attack. Additional input from Web Desk
  20. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/f087d987e63615e8f7e40f2054c2f4dc.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni80LzIwMTcgMjozMzozOSBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPTEvcE0rdkxiQ1lvSUJpTVh6QjhqZVE9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] Update [08:58 AM PST]: More than 80 medical professionals responded to the London incident. Update [08:00 AM PST]: Police says at least six people were killed near London Bridge. "Armed response officers then responded very quickly and bravely and confronted the three male suspects who were shot and killed on Borough Market," Mark Rowley, Britain's top anti-terrorism officer, said. "Sadly, six people have died in addition to the three attackers shot by police," he said. "The suspects had been confronted and shot by police within eight minutes of the first call. The suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later established to be hoaxes," he said. Update [07:59 AM PST]: London Ambulance updates that 30 patients from the terror attacks have been admitted to various hospitals in the city. Update [07:56 AM PST]: US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert mentioned that Trump spoke to May to offer condolence and support. Update [07:30 AM PST]: Metropolitan Police urges people to let their friends and family know if they are safe. Update [07:20 AM PST]: Additional witnesses came forward with details of the Borough Market incident, saying people ran into a bar to seek shelter. "People started running and screaming, and the van crashes into the railing behind. We went towards Borough Market and everyone went inside (the bar). Everyone in the bar started pushing people from the exits," one witness, who gave his name as Brian, said. Another witness, who declined to be named, his white top covered in blood, described a scene of panic in the bar. "They hit the emergency alarm. There was a line of people going down to the emergency exit. And then people started screaming coming back up," the 31-year-old said. "Around the corner, there was a guy with a stab wound on his neck? There was a doctor in the pub and she helped him. They put pressure on the stab wound." Update [07:00 AM PST]: London police are currently unsure if all the militants involved in the deadly attacks late Saturday night have been accounted for, Sky News reported on Sunday. "They have not been able to confirm to us that at this stage all of the terrorists have been accounted for. So we have to go on the original advice that they put out some time ago to the public, which was 'run, hide, tell'," a Sky reporter said. A police spokesman declined to comment to Reuters about the report. Update [06:50 AM PST]: Law enforcement officials in major US cities said they were not aware of any threats but were on alert following the attacks in London. "There is no credible threat or nexus to LA," the Los Angeles Police Department tweeted. The New York Police Department's Counterterrorism Bureau said on Twitter that its critical response teams had been deployed to heavily travelled pedestrian areas. "Go about your Sat. night, NYPD cops are protecting you. Our prayers are with all in London," the police department's official news account tweeted, along with a picture of three heavily armed officers and a police dog in Times Square. Update [06:45 AM PST]: London's ambulance service said it had taken at least 20 people to the hospitals and treated others on the scene after an attack in the London Bridge area late on Saturday. "We have taken at least 20 patients to six hospitals across London following the incident at London Bridge," Peter Rhodes ? London Ambulance Service Assistant Director of Operations ? said in a statement on Sunday. "We have also treated a number of people at the scene for less serious injuries," he added. Update [06:30 AM PST]: Newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron said France stands "more than ever at Britain's side", following the attacks in Central London. "My thoughts go out to the victims and their loved ones." Macron added in his tweet. Update [06:20 AM PST]: In its latest statement, the US Department of State condemned "the cowardly attacks targeting innocent civilians in London". US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert also issued a comment via her Twitter account. British Transport Police noted that London Bridge would "remain closed during the night". Update [06:00 AM PST]: Three major London hospitals said they were on lockdown after the London attacks in which up to seven people are feared dead. "[?] Guy's, St Thomas' & @EvelinaLondon are on lockdown to keep patients, relatives and staff safe", the authority that runs the hospitals said on Twitter. Guy's Hospital is next to London Bridge rail station, while St Thomas' Hospital and the Evelina children's hospital are located a mile away. Update [05:55 AM PST]: One of the men suspected of being behind the deadly attack was shown lying on the ground with canisters strapped to his body, in a photograph disclosed by BBC, after he was shot by the police. He was on the ground outside the Wheatsheaf pub in Borough Market. Another man was seen lying on the ground a short distance away in the photograph. Update [05:45 AM PST]: London mayor Sadiq Khan said an attack in central London late on Saturday was a "deliberate and cowardly attack", and that he would take part in a security meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May later on Sunday. "We don't yet know the full details, but this was a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners and visitors," Khan said. "I condemn it in the strongest possible terms. There is no justification whatsoever for such barbaric acts," he added. Update [05:35 AM PST]: A Reuters reporter heard three loud bangs in the Borough Market vicinity, where armed police were gathered. Update [05:12 AM PST]: Up to seven people were feared dead after a white van ploughed into people on London Bridge on Saturday, and two attackers were shot by armed police in what appeared to be a connected incident in nearby Borough Market, a local newspaper said. The newspaper said five people were in the van that drove into pedestrians. It said those attackers, wielding knives, then targeted people in pubs and restaurants in Borough Market. At least six people were seen on the ground after a white van ploughed into people on London Bridge, a witness told Reuters. "I could see six people on the floor not moving. And there were groups of people helping those people on the ground," Mark Roberts, a 53-year-old management consultant, said. "After that, I heard what sounded like gunfire from Borough Market." Roberts was doing a night photography class on London Bridge. "It looked like he was aiming for groups of people. I froze because I didn't know what to do," he said, calling it a "horrendous" incident. "I was thinking: Which way do I run to get away?" he mentioned, adding that the van then veered onto the other side of the bridge before hitting a girl. "I immediately thought this was the Westminster attack all over again." London Ambulance provided an update as well. Update [05:00 AM PST]: In a statement issued via social media, Rhodes said, ?We have sent a number of ambulance crews, advanced paramedics and specialist response teams to the scene, with the first of our medics arriving in six minutes." The emergency services official added that "an advanced trauma team from London?s Air Ambulance" has been sent to the site in a car, adding that the primary focus remains on gauging "the level and nature of injuries, and ensure that those people in most need are treated first and taken to hospital". Update [04:52 AM PST]: The British police has declared both attacks ?at London Bridge and at Borough Market ? as "terrorist incidents". However, the Vauxhall stabbing incident is not linked to the other two attacks, which are being touted as "terrorist incidents", Metropolitan Police clarified on Twitter. Update [04:50 AM PST]: Another witness has disclosed their account of events, as he took some pictures on the bridge when he heard a noise. "We heard a noise. A bit of a pop, a bit of a bang," the second witness said. The van "came close to us. It missed me and my friends", the witness added, noting he saw one woman who was hit by the van. The American embassy in London shared an "emergency message" on Twitter for US citizens in the UK. Metropolitan Police stressed once again to avoid the affected areas. Update [04:40 AM PST]: In an updated statement, British Prime Minister Theresa May explained the incident, at present, is being treated as a potential terrorist attack. "Following updates from police and security officials, I can confirm that the terrible incident in London is being treated as a potential act of terrorism," she said, just over four days before voting is due to begin in a June 8 national election. "This is a fast-moving investigation," May added. "I want to express my huge gratitude to the police and emergency services who are on the scene. Our thoughts are with those who are caught up in these dreadful events." Update [04:35 AM PST]: US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to talk about the incidents in London, using the current events as a reason to further promote his travel ban. He also sent well wishes to British people, saying, "We are with you. God Bless!" British politician and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn called the incidents "brutal and shocking". "We were walking on the bridge and the van went up onto where people were walking," said a witness who saw the London Bridge incident but refused to reveal his name. "We saw a few being knocked over. The witness said some were hit from behind. They didn't even see it climbing on the pavement," said the witness, adding that security officers were quick to respond. Update [04:28 AM PST]: British Prime Minister Theresa May has scheduled a meeting, which she will chair, on Sunday morning with the country's top security committee following the attacks in central London on Saturday, media reports said. Update [04:25 AM PST]: There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. "A van came from London Bridge itself, went between the traffic light system and rammed it towards the steps," a taxi driver told the BBC. The driver then added, "It knocked loads of people down. Then three men got out with long blades, 12 inches long, and went randomly along Borough High Street stabbing people at random." London Ambulance through its Twitter account said "multiple resources responding to the incidents in London". Update [04:15 AM PST]: London's Vauxhall Station has been reopened, the local transport authority said. The incidents are being closely monitored, the US State Department said, advising US citizens in the UK to heed local authorities' instructions and maintain security awareness. Update [04:10 AM PST]: BBC showed dozens of people, evidently having been caught up in the attack, being escorted through a police cordon with their hands on their heads. BBC radio said witnesses saw people throwing tables and chairs at the perpetrators of the attack to protect themselves. Streets around London Bridge and Borough Market, fashionable districts packed with bars and restaurants, would have been busy with people on a Saturday night out. Update [04:05 AM PST]: British police said more than one person had been killed at London Bridge in the first of multiple incidents in central London on Saturday, the BBC said, citing police at the scene. "We have been told by police there has been more than one fatality in the incident at London Bridge," the broadcaster added. Update [04:02 AM PST]: The witness of the restaurant stabbing incident told CNN a waitress was stabbed in the throat and a man was stabbed in the back. The railway system also highlighted routes that were blocked. Update [03:55 AM PST]: There has been more than one fatality in the London incidents, according to BBC, which cited British police. Two men reportedly stabbed two people in a restaurant near London Bridge, CNN reported citing an eyewitness. Police also said they fired shots after reports of stabbings in the Borough Market area, which is located close to London Bridge. Update [03:50 AM PST]: British police officers respond to yet another incident in London's Vauxhall area. A British government spokesperson mentioned that May is being consistently updated on the incidents around London. On the other hand, the Metropolitan Police through its Twitter account has issued a 'Run, Hide, Tell' instruction to Londoners. Update [03:45 AM PST]: British police officers respond to reports of a vehicle that collided with pedestrians on the London Bridge. Update [03:42 AM PST]: For now, it is too soon to comment on whether the incidents around London Bridge are militant attacks, a European Security official said. Update [03:40 AM PST]: The UK police are now searching for three suspects, who may or may not be armed, after the London Bridge incident, BBC said. Update [03:35 AM PST]: Several more witnesses have reported hearing gunshots. "We were in an Uber going towards London Bridge and suddenly we saw people running. The Uber stopped, we asked people what was going on ? people said there was shooting," said 40-year-old Yoann Belmere, a French banker living in London, said. "Now the area is completely closed with police cars going one way and ambulances going the other," he told Reuters. Update [03:34 AM PST]: May is said to be in contact with the officials after the incident in London, BBC reported quoting Downing Street. Update [03:33 AM PST]: US President Donald Trump's national security team has briefed him on the situation at London Bridge, White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said on Twitter. Spicer added the team "will continue to provide updates". Update [03:30 AM PST]: British transport police stated there were casualties after the incident that possibly involved a van and knife injuries, BBC reported. Update [03:22 AM PST]: Another incident was reported at the Borough Market, to which the British armed police said they were responding alongside the one earlier at London Bridge. Update [03:18 AM PST]: Three people were allegedly injured and seen lying on the floor, a BBC employee citing multiple witnesses told BBC. Update [03:15 AM PST]: A witness told the BBC she saw a speeding white van veering into pedestrians. geo_embedgallery Update [03:10 AM PST]: A local resident says gunshots were heard near the London Bridge, Sky News reported. Update [03:08 AM PST]: The London ambulance service also mentioned it is responding to the incident. The statement provided by a witness earlier has not been immediately verified. Update [03:04 AM PST]: Multiple resources are now attending the incident at London Bridge, British police mentioned, urging people to avoid the area. A witness told Reuters she saw people at least three people with what appeared to be throats cut on London Bridge, adding they may be knife wounds. "Police are dealing with a major incident and all routes are being diverted," the transport agency said on Twitter, as the London Ambulance Service informed that "multiple resources" were being sent to the scene. At the same time, the Counterterrorism Department of the New York Police said it is "monitoring the event in London". Initial reporting [02:58 AM, Pakistan time]: LONDON: At the request of British police, the London Bridge rail station has been closed on late Saturday night after they reported an incident, local transport authorities said. The British police have reportedly stated they are dealing with the incident at London Bridge but did not provide any further details. Reports surfaced that a car mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge, according to Sun Newspaper. On the other hand, BBC reported citing a witness that a white van veered off the road and hit at least five to six people. On the other hand, 10 police cars were seen speeding towards the London Bridge, a Reuters reporter present at the site stated. Daesh, Reuters reported, on Saturday sent out a call urging its followers to launch attacks with trucks, knives and guns during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Similar attacks in Berlin, Nice, Brussels, and Paris have been carried out by militants over the past couple of years. The incident bore similarities to a March attack on Westminster Bridge, west of London Bridge, in which a man killed five people after driving into a crowd of pedestrians before stabbing a police officer in the grounds of parliament. A suicide bomber on May 22 killed 22 people at a pop concert by US singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England. The Manchester bombing was the deadliest attack in Britain since July 2005, when four British Muslim suicide bombers killed 52 people in coordinated attacks on London's transport network. ?This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is received. ?Editing by Haseem uz Zaman
  21. Police attend to an incident on London Bridge in London, Britain, June 3, 2017. Reuters/Hannah McKay Update [06:20 AM PST]: In its latest statement, the US Department of State condemned "the cowardly attacks targeting innocent civilians in London". US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert also issued a comment via her Twitter account. Update [06:00 AM PST]: Three major London hospitals said they were on lockdown after the London attacks in which up to seven people are feared dead. "[?] Guy's, St Thomas' & @EvelinaLondon are on lockdown to keep patients, relatives and staff safe", the authority that runs the hospitals said on Twitter. Guy's Hospital is next to London Bridge rail station, while St Thomas' Hospital and the Evelina children's hospital are located a mile away. Update [05:55 AM PST]: One of the men suspected of being behind the deadly attack was shown lying on the ground with canisters strapped to his body, in a photograph disclosed by BBC, after he was shot by the police. He was on the ground outside the Wheatsheaf pub in Borough Market. Another man was seen lying on the ground a short distance away in the photograph. Update [05:45 AM PST]: London mayor Sadiq Khan said an attack in central London late on Saturday was a "deliberate and cowardly attack", and that he would take part in a security meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May later on Sunday. "We don't yet know the full details, but this was a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners and visitors," Khan said. "I condemn it in the strongest possible terms. There is no justification whatsoever for such barbaric acts," he added. Update [05:35 AM PST]: A Reuters reporter heard three loud bangs in the Borough Market vicinity, where armed police were gathered. Update [05:12 AM PST]: Up to seven people were feared dead after a white van ploughed into people on London Bridge on Saturday, and two attackers were shot by armed police in what appeared to be a connected incident in nearby Borough Market, a local newspaper said. The newspaper said five people were in the van that drove into pedestrians. It said those attackers, wielding knives, then targeted people in pubs and restaurants in Borough Market. At least six people were seen on the ground after a white van ploughed into people on London Bridge, a witness told Reuters. "I could see six people on the floor not moving. And there were groups of people helping those people on the ground," Mark Roberts, a 53-year-old management consultant, said. "After that, I heard what sounded like gunfire from Borough Market." Roberts was doing a night photography class on London Bridge. "It looked like he was aiming for groups of people. I froze beacause I didn't know what to do," he said, calling it a "horrendous" incident. "I was thinking: Which way do I run to get away?" he mentioned, adding that the van then veered onto the other side of the bridge before hitting a girl. "I immediately thought this was the Westminster attack all over again." Update [05:00 AM PST]: In a statement issued via social media, Peter Rhodes ? London Ambulance Service Assistant Director of Operations ?said, ?We have sent a number of ambulance crews, advanced paramedics and specialist response teams to the scene, with the first of our medics arriving in six minutes." The emergency services official added that "an advanced trauma team from London?s Air Ambulance" has been sent to the site in a car, adding that the primary focus remains on gauging "the level and nature of injuries, and ensure that those people in most need are treated first and taken to hospital". Update [04:52 AM PST]: The British police has declared both attacks ?at London Bridge and at Borough Market ? as "terrorist incidents". However, the Vauxhall stabbing incident is not linked to the other two attacks, which are being touted as "terrorist incidents", Metropolitan Police clarified on Twitter. Update [04:50 AM PST]: Another witness has disclosed their account of events, as he took some pictures on the bridge when he heard a noise. "We heard a noise. A bit of a pop, a bit of a bang," the second witness said. The van "came close to us. It missed me and my friends", the witness added, noting he saw one woman who was hit by the van. The American embassy in London shared an "emergency message" on Twitter for US citizens in the UK. Update [04:40 AM PST]: In an updated statement, British Prime Minister Theresa May explained the incident, at present, is being treated as a potential terrorist attack. "Following updates from police and security officials, I can confirm that the terrible incident in London is being treated as a potential act of terrorism," she said, just over four days before voting is due to begin in a June 8 national election. "This is a fast-moving investigation," May added. "I want to express my huge gratitude to the police and emergency services who are on the scene. Our thoughts are with those who are caught up in these dreadful events." Update [04:35 AM PST]: US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to talk about the incidents in London, using the current events as a reason to further promote his travel ban. He also sent well wishes to British people, saying, "We are with you. God Bless!" BRITISH OPPOSITION LEADER CORBYN SAYS "BRUTAL AND SHOCKING" INCIDENTS REPORTED IN LONDON, THOUGHTS WITH VICTIMS AND FAMILIES "We were walking on the bridge and the van went up onto where people were walking," said a witness who saw the London Bridge incident but refused to reveal his name. "We saw a few being knocked over. The witness said some were hit from behind. They didn't even see it climbing on the pavement," said the witness, adding that security officers were quick to respond. Update [04:28 AM PST]: British Prime Minister Theresa May has scheduled a meeting, which she will chair, on Sunday morning with the country's top security committee following the attacks in central London on Saturday, media reports said. Update [04:25 AM PST]: There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. "A van came from London Bridge itself, went between the traffic light system and rammed it towards the steps," a taxi driver told the BBC. The driver then added, "It knocked loads of people down. Then three men got out with long blades, 12 inches long, and went randomly along Borough High Street stabbing people at random." Update [04:15 AM PST]: London's Vauxhall Station has been reopened, the local transport authority said. The incidents are being closely monitored, the US State Department said, advising US citizens in the UK to heed local authorities' instructions and maintain security awareness. Update [04:10 AM PST]: BBC showed dozens of people, evidently having been caught up in the attack, being escorted through a police cordon with their hands on their heads. BBC radio said witnesses saw people throwing tables and chairs at the perpetrators of the attack to protect themselves. Streets around London Bridge and Borough Market, fashionable districts packed with bars and restaurants, would have been busy with people on a Saturday night out. Update [04:05 AM PST]: British police said more than one person had been killed at London Bridge in the first of multiple incidents in central London on Saturday, the BBC said, citing police at the scene. "We have been told by police there has been more than one fatality in the incident at London Bridge," the broadcaster added. Update [04:02 AM PST]: The witness of the restaurant stabbing incident told CNN a waitress was stabbed in the throat and a man was stabbed in the back. Update [03:55 AM PST]: There has been more than one fatality in the London incidents, according to BBC, which cited British police. Two men reportedly stabbed two people in a restaurant near London Bridge, CNN reported citing an eyewitness. Police also said they fired shots after reports of stabbings in the Borough Market area, which is located close to London Bridge. Update [03:50 AM PST]: British police officers respond to yet another incident in London's Vauxhall area. A British government spokesperson mentioned that May is being consistently updated on the incidents around London. On the other hand, the Metropolitan Police through its Twitter account has issued a 'Run, Hide, Tell' instruction to Londoners. Update [03:45 AM PST]: British police officers respond to reports of a vehicle that collided with pedestrians on the London Bridge. Update [03:42 AM PST]: For now, it is too soon to comment on whether the incidents around London Bridge are militant attacks, a European Security official said. Update [03:40 AM PST]: The UK police are now searching for three suspects, who may or may not be armed, after the London Bridge incident, BBC said. Update [03:35 AM PST]: Several more witnesses have reported hearing gunshots. "We were in an Uber going towards London Bridge and suddenly we saw people running. The Uber stopped, we asked people what was going on ? people said there was shooting," said 40-year-old Yoann Belmere, a French banker living in London, said. "Now the area is completely closed with police cars going one way and ambulances going the other," he told Reuters. Update [03:34 AM PST]: May is said to be in contact with the officials after the incident in London, BBC reported quoting Downing Street. Update [03:33 AM PST]: US President Donald Trump's national security team has briefed him on the situation at London Bridge, White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said on Twitter. Spicer added the team "will continue to provide updates". Update [03:30 AM PST]: British transport police stated there were casualties after the incident that possibly involved a van and knife injuries, BBC reported. Update [03:22 AM PST]: Another incident was reported at the Borough Market, to which the British armed police said they were responding alongside the one earlier at London Bridge. Update [03:18 AM PST]: Three people were allegedly injured and seen lying on the floor, a BBC employee citing multiple witnesses told BBC. Update [03:15 AM PST]: A witness told the BBC she saw a speeding white van veering into pedestrians. geo_embedgallery Update [03:10 AM PST]: A local resident says gunshots were heard near the London Bridge, Sky News reported. Update [03:08 AM PST]: The London ambulance service also mentioned it is responding to the incident. The statement provided by a witness earlier has not been immediately verified. Update [03:04 AM PST]: Multiple resources are now attending the incident at London Bridge, British police mentioned, urging people to avoid the area. A witness told Reuters she saw people at least three people with what appeared to be throats cut on London Bridge, adding they may be knife wounds. "Police are dealing with a major incident and all routes are being diverted," the transport agency said on Twitter, as the London Ambulance Service informed that "multiple resources" were being sent to the scene. Initial reporting [02:58 AM, Pakistan time]: LONDON: At the request of British police, the London Bridge rail station has been closed on late Saturday night after they reported an incident, local transport authorities said. The British police have reportedly stated they are dealing with the incident at London Bridge but did not provide any further details. Reports surfaced that a car mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge, according to Sun Newspaper. On the other hand, BBC reported citing a witness that a white van veered off the road and hit at least five to six people. On the other hand, 10 police cars were seen speeding towards the London Bridge, a Reuters reporter present at the site stated. Daesh, Reuters reported, on Saturday sent out a call urging its followers to launch attacks with trucks, knives and guns during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Similar attacks in Berlin, Nice, Brussels, and Paris have been carried out by militants over the past couple of years. The incident bore similarities to a March attack on Westminster Bridge, west of London Bridge, in which a man killed five people after driving into a crowd of pedestrians before stabbing a police officer in the grounds of parliament. A suicide bomber on May 22 killed 22 people at a pop concert by US singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England. The Manchester bombing was the deadliest attack in Britain since July 2005, when four British Muslim suicide bombers killed 52 people in coordinated attacks on London's transport network. ?This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is received. ?Editing by Haseem uz Zaman
  22. Police attend to an incident on London Bridge in London, Britain, June 3, 2017. Reuters/Hannah McKay Update [05:00 AM PST]: In a statement issued via social media, Peter Rhodes ? London Ambulance Service Assistant Director of Operations ?said, ?We have sent a number of ambulance crews, advanced paramedics and specialist response teams to the scene, with the first of our medics arriving in six minutes." The emergency services official added that "an advanced trauma team from London?s Air Ambulance" has been sent to the site in a car, adding that the primary focus remains on gauging "the level and nature of injuries, and ensure that those people in most need are treated first and taken to hospital". Update [04:52 AM PST]: The British police has declared both attacks ?at London Bridge and at Borough Market ? as terrorist incidents. Update [04:50 AM PST]: Another witness has disclosed their account of events, as he took some pictures on the bridge when he heard a noise. "We heard a noise. A bit of a pop, a bit of a bang," the second witness said. The van "came close to us. It missed me and my friends", the witness added, noting he saw one woman who was hit by the van. Update [04:40 AM PST]: In an updated statement, British Prime Minister Theresa May explained the incident, at present, is being treated as a potential terrorist attack. "Following updates from police and security officials, I can confirm that the terrible incident in London is being treated as a potential act of terrorism," she said, just over four days before voting is due to begin in a June 8 national election. "This is a fast moving investigation," May added. "I want to express my huge gratitude to the police and emergency services who are on the scene. Our thoughts are with those who are caught up in these dreadful events." Update [04:35 AM PST]: US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to talk about the incidents in London, using the current events as a reason to further promote his travel ban. He also sent well wishes to British people, saying, "We are with you. God Bless!" BRITISH OPPOSITION LEADER CORBYN SAYS "BRUTAL AND SHOCKING" INCIDENTS REPORTED IN LONDON, THOUGHTS WITH VICTIMS AND FAMILIES "We were walking on the bridge and the van went up onto where people were walking," said a witness who saw the London Bridge incident but refused to reveal his name. "We saw a few being knocked over. The witness said some were hit from behind. They didn't even see it climbing on the pavement," said the witness, adding that security officers were quick to respond. Update [04:28 AM PST]: British Prime Minister Theresa May has scheduled a meeting, which she will chair, on Sunday morning with the country's top security committee following the attacks in central London on Saturday, media reports said. Update [04:25 AM PST]: There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. "A van came from London Bridge itself, went between the traffic light system and rammed it towards the steps," a taxi driver told the BBC. The driver then added, "It knocked loads of people down. Then three men got out with long blades, 12 inches long, and went randomly along Borough High Street stabbing people at random." Update [04:15 AM PST]: London's Vauxhall Station has been reopened, the local transport authority said. The incidents are being closely monitored, the US State Department said, advising US citizens in the UK to heed local authorities' instructions and maintain security awareness. Update [04:10 AM PST]: BBC showed dozens of people, evidently having been caught up in the attack, being escorted through a police cordon with their hands on their heads. Streets in the area would have been busy with people on a Saturday night out. Update [04:05 AM PST]: British police said more than one person had been killed at London Bridge in the first of multiple incidents in central London on Saturday, the BBC said, citing police at the scene. "We have been told by police there has been more than one fatality in the incident at London Bridge," the broadcaster added. Update [04:02 AM PST]: The witness of the restaurant stabbing incident told CNN a waitress was stabbed in the throat and a man was stabbed in the back. Update [03:55 AM PST]: There has been more than one fatality in the London incidents, according to BBC, which cited British police. Two men reportedly stabbed two people in a restaurant near London Bridge, CNN reported citing an eyewitness. Police also said they fired shots after reports of stabbings in the Borough Market area, which is located close to London Bridge. Update [03:50 AM PST]: British police officers respond to yet another incident in London's Vauxhall area. A British government spokesperson mentioned that May is being consistently updated on the incidents around London. On the other hand, the Metropolitan Police through its Twitter account has issued a 'Run, Hide, Tell' instruction to Londoners. Update [03:45 AM PST]: British police officers respond to reports of a vehicle that collided with pedestrians on the London Bridge. Update [03:42 AM PST]: For now, it is too soon to comment on whether the incidents around London Bridge are militant attacks, a European Security official said. Update [03:40 AM PST]: The UK police are now searching for three suspects, who may or may not be armed, after the London Bridge incident, BBC said. Update [03:35 AM PST]: Several more witnesses have reported hearing gunshots. "We were in an Uber going towards London Bridge and suddenly we saw people running. The Uber stopped, we asked people what was going on ? people said there was shooting," said 40-year-old Yoann Belmere, a French banker living in London, said. "Now the area is completely closed with police cars going one way and ambulances going the other," he told Reuters. Update [03:34 AM PST]: May is said to be in contact with the officials after the incident in London, BBC reported quoting Downing Street. Update [03:33 AM PST]: US President Donald Trump's national security team has briefed him on the situation at London Bridge, White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said on Twitter. Spicer added the team "will continue to provide updates". Update [03:30 AM PST]: British transport police stated there were casualties after the incident that possibly involved a van and knife injuries, BBC reported. Update [03:22 AM PST]: Another incident was reported at the Borough Market, to which the British armed police said they were responding alongside the one earlier at London Bridge. Update [03:18 AM PST]: Three people were allegedly injured and seen lying on the floor, a BBC employee citing multiple witnesses told BBC. Update [03:15 AM PST]: A witness told the BBC she saw a speeding white van veering into pedestrians. geo_embedgallery Update [03:10 AM PST]: A local resident says gunshots were heard near the London Bridge, Sky News reported. Update [03:08 AM PST]: The London ambulance service also mentioned it is responding to the incident. The statement provided by a witness earlier has not been immediately verified. Update [03:04 AM PST]: Multiple resources are now attending the incident at London Bridge, British police mentioned, urging people to avoid the area. A witness told Reuters she saw people at least three people with what appeared to be throats cut on London Bridge, adding they may be knife wounds. "Police are dealing with a major incident and all routes are being diverted," the transport agency said on Twitter, as the London Ambulance Service informed that "multiple resources" were being sent to the scene. Initial reporting [02:58 AM, Pakistan time]: LONDON: At the request of British police, the London Bridge rail station has been closed on late Saturday night after they reported an incident, local transport authorities said. The British police have reportedly stated they are dealing with the incident at London Bridge but did not provide any further details. Reports surfaced that a car mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge, according to Sun Newspaper. On the other hand, BBC reported citing a witness that a white van veered off the road and hit at least five to six people. On the other hand, 10 police cars were seen speeding towards the London Bridge, a Reuters reporter present at the site stated. The incident bore similarities to a March attack on Westminster Bridge, west of London Bridge, in which a man killed five people after driving into a crowd of pedestrians before stabbing a police officer in the grounds of parliament. A suicide bomber on May 22 killed 22 people at a pop concert by US singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England. The Manchester bombing was the deadliest attack in Britain since July 2005, when four British Muslim suicide bombers killed 52 people in coordinated attacks on London's transport network. ?This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is received. ?Editing by Haseem uz Zaman
  23. US President Donald Trump attacked the news media and dismissed leaks from the White House as "fake news" on Sunday, following reports his son-in-law tried to set up a secret channel of communications with Moscow before Trump took office. Shortly after Trump's remarks on Twitter, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly made the rounds of Sunday television news shows to praise any so-called back channel communications, especially with Russia, as "a good thing." The Republican president returned to the White House after a nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe that ended on Saturday to face more questions about alleged communications between Jared Kushner and Russia's ambassador to Washington. "It is my opinion that many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media," Trump wrote in a series of Twitter posts on Sunday. The White House faces mounting questions about potential ties between Russia and Trump's presidential campaign, which are also the subject of criminal and congressional investigations. Trump officials were preparing to establish a "war room" to address an issue that has begun to dominate his young presidency. Aides said Trump was expected to meet with lawyers as early as Sunday, the New York Times reported. Two Republican US senators played down the Kushner reports on Sunday, while the former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, took a darker view of such contacts with representatives of Russian President Vladimir Putin. "My dashboard warning light was clearly on and I think that was the case with all of us in the intelligence community - very concerned about the nature of these approaches to the Russians," Clapper told NBC's "Meet The Press." Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, had contacts with Moscow in December about opening a secret back channel of communications, according to news reports published while Trump was away on his trip. The 36-year-old Kushner, a real estate developer with no previous government experience, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former US officials told Reuters. "Whenever you see the words 'sources say' in the fake news media, and they don't mention names," Trump wrote, "it is very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers. #FakeNews is the enemy!" Contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials during the campaign coincided with what US intelligence agencies concluded was a Kremlin effort through computer hacking, fake news and propaganda to boost Trump's chances of winning the White House. 'A good thing' White House officials defended the concept of secret communications channels without commenting specifically on the Kushner case. National security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters on Saturday that so-called back-channeling was not unusual. Kelly, the homeland security secretary, carried the same message on Sunday. "It's both normal, in my opinion, and acceptable," he said on ABC's "This Week" program. "Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organisations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us, is a good thing." Kelly told "Fox News Sunday" there was nothing wrong with the Trump transition team trying to build relationships with the Russians as they prepared to take over the White House. US Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said such secret channels may be used in situations including peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan or for the release of American hostages. "But for people associated with the campaign after that campaign has ended and where the Russians during that campaign were helping you, to try to establish a back channel and hide it from your own government, that's a serious allegation," he said. Schiff was particularly concerned about a Washington Post report that the back channel would have been conducted at a Russian diplomatic facility to avoid monitoring in US communications systems. "You have to ask, well, who are they hiding the conversation from?" he said on ABC. Schiff said he expected Kushner, who serves as an unpaid adviser to Trump, to appear before his committee and suggested his security clearance be reviewed. Kushner initially had come to the attention of FBI investigators last year as they began scrutinising former national security adviser Michael Flynn?s connections with Russian officials, the two sources told Reuters. Republican US Senator Lindsey Graham told CNN he doubted the Kushner reports were accurate. Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, noted that Kushner has been willing to answer questions. "They reached out to us yesterday to make sure that we knew that was the case and I?m sure he?s willing to do so,? Corker said on NBC's "Meet the Press." Though he had not seen evidence of collusion when he stepped down on Jan. 20, Clapper said all the signs made an FBI investigation not only appropriate but necessary. "Russia, at least for my money, is our primary adversary," he told NBC. "They are not our friends. They are in to do us in."
  24. ISLAMABAD: Renowned scholars from all schools of thought have issued a unanimous decree declaring suicide attacks, armed insurgency against the state and the use of force in the name of enforcing Shariah as 'Haram' or forbidden in Islam. The decree, signed by 31 well-known religious scholars, was issued at a national seminar titled 'Reconstruction of Pakistani society in the light of 'Mithaq-e-Madina' (Charter of Madina) and announcement of 'Paigham-e-Pakistan' (Message of Pakistan), held at the International Islamic University, Islamabad. Addressing the concluding session of the seminar organised by the Islamic Research Institute of International Islamic University, President Mamnoon Hussain said the association of humanity with the Madina Charter for resolution of the issues was because it guaranteed the fundamental rights of economy, justice and education. The seminar also featured the announcement of a unanimous declaration named as 'Paigham-e-Pakistan', signed by the religious scholars from all schools of thought, calling for action against the forces fanning extremism, true implementation of the law dealing with blasphemy and discouraging mob justice in this regard. Terming the declaration as historic step taken by scholars, the president said he had also been trying to persuade Ulema to give the people a narrative against terrorism and extremism but the IRI took lead in this regard. The seminar was attended by Rector IIU Professor Masoom Yasinzai, President IIU Ahmed Yousuf Darweish, Chairman Higher Education Commission Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, prominent religious scholars, including Mufti Rafi Usmani, Mufti Muneebur Rehman, Maulana Hanif Jalandhari, Mufti Naeem Ahmed and others. Professor Masoom Yasinzai presented the unanimous declaration, while Mufti Rafi Usmani read out the religious edict signed by all religious scholars, which condemned terrorism and extremism, declared suicide attackers and their supporters as traitors, declared Jihad a jurisdiction of Islamic state and disallowed use of force in name of enforcement of Islamic laws. He said the consideration of developing the society in accordance with the Charter of Madina, despite the experiences and incidents of the previous century was satisfactory. "Being Muslims, we aspire for peace in the whole world and desired progress, prosperity and welfare for the entire humanity." President Mamnoon also emphasised that a counter-narrative needs to be built to negate the narratives of extremism, hate and terrorism, and to promote peace, harmony and respect of others. It is necessary to impress upon contemporary world that the ideas they harbour about Pakistan and Muslim Ummah in this regard have nothing to do with reality, he added. The religious scholars, in the decree, fully backed operations Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasaad against the enemies of Pakistan. The declaration was signed by Mufti Muneebur Rehman, Mufti Rafi Usmani, Maulana Hanif Jalandhari, Mufti Muhammad Naeem, Maulana Abdul Razzak Sikandar, Allama Riaz Hussain Najafi, Maulana Muhammad Yasin Zafar, Maulana Ghulam Muhammad Sialvi, Maulana Zahid Mahmood QasmiMufti Mahmoodul Hassan Mahmood, Maulana Hamidul Haq Haqqani and others.
  25. Police patrol the secure area outside the Manchester Arena in central Manchester. Photo: REUTERS Soldiers have been deployed to key sites in Britain on Wednesday to prevent attacks after the terror threat level was raised to its highest level following a suicide bombing in Manchester that killed 22 people, including children. Prime Minister Theresa May announced late on Tuesday that the threat level was now considered "critical", meaning an attack may be imminent. Police had earlier named British-born Salman Abedi, 22, as the perpetrator of the bombing at the Manchester Arena indoor venue at the end of a concert by US pop singer Ariana Grande on Monday, attended by thousands of children and teenagers. The identities of the victims were becoming known little by little. They included an eight-year-old girl, two teenage girls and a 28-year-old man. A Polish couple who had come to collect their daughters after the concert also died, Poland's foreign minister said. The daughters were safe. Flowers and messages of condolence are left for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack in central Manchester. Photo: REUTERS The bombing also left 59 people wounded, some with life-threatening injuries. "Whilst some of what we are doing will be obvious to the public there is a huge amount of work happening day and night that the public will never know about," Commander Jane Connors, leading the London policing operation, said. The Manchester attack was the deadliest in Britain since July 2005, when four suicide bombers killed 52 people in coordinated attacks on London's transport network. Flowers as a tribute for victims of Monday's suicide bombing at Manchester Arena in the English city of Manchester. Photo: REUTERS US security sources, citing British intelligence officials, said Abedi was born in Manchester in 1994 to parents of Libyan origin. British investigators were looking into whether Abedi had traveled to Libya and whether he had been in touch with Daesh there or in Syria. The Times newspaper said Abedi was believed to have returned to Britain from Libya recently. "ATTACK MAY BE IMMINENT" May said it was possible a wider group was linked to the bombing, prompting the deployment of troops a little more than two weeks before a June 8 national election. People take part in a vigil in central Manchester. Photo: REUTERS An independent body which sets the threat level recommended it be raised to "critical" from "severe" for the first time since June 2007. "This means that their assessment is not only that an attack remains highly likely but that a further attack may be imminent," May said in a televised statement from her Downing Street Office after a meeting of the government's crisis response committee. "Armed police officers responsible for duties such as guarding key sites will be replaced by members of the armed forces ... You might also see military personnel deployed at certain events, such as concerts and sports matches." Women pay their respects following a vigil in central Manchester. Photo: REUTERS Britain's top anti-terrorism officer Mark Rowley said events would only go ahead when it was safe to do so and the decision to raise the threat level had been made on a "precautionary basis" due to gaps in police knowledge while the investigation continues. He told reporters he hoped that, as has previously been the case, the level would not stay at critical for a long period. Attacks in cities including Paris, Nice, Brussels, St Petersburg, Berlin and London have shocked Europeans already anxious over security challenges from mass immigration and pockets of domestic Islamic radicalism.