London’s Criterion restaurant on Piccadilly Circus is more than 140 years old. It is often frequented by celebrities attending the theatres and cinemas in London’s West End district.
Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Manchester and now another attack in Barcelona. European cities have been increasingly targeted by Islamist extremists in recent years.
Police have come under scrutiny for failing to stop a known extremist who appeared on TV and went on to commit a deadly attack in the UK capital. London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged police to "answer the legitimate questions."
Police now say at least seven people have died and dozens of others have been injured in attacks on London Bridge and in Borough Market. Three attackers in a van mowed down pedestrians before starting a stabbing spree.
Police have seized a large amount of forensic material after raids in London and Essex, with 12 people arrested so far. Officers are working to establish whether the attackers were operating as part of a network.
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