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World London holds vigil after attack thrusts security to election fore

15:50  02 december  2019
15:50  02 december  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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A vigil will be held at Guildhall Yard in the City of London on Monday for the victims of the terror attack on London Bridge last Friday. The ceremony will also pay tribute to the emergency services and the people who stepped in to tackle the attacker . A book of condolence will be opened at Guildhall Art

The vigil is held in Guildhall Yard, in the heart of the City of London , to honour the dead, those injured, the emergency services and the members of the public who tackled Khan. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Kahn are in attendance.

London held a vigil on Monday for two people killed near London Bridge by a convicted terrorist who had been released early from prison, an incident that thrust criminal justice to the center of a campaign 10 days before a national election.

Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn are posing for a picture: Vigil for victims of a fatal attack on London Bridge in London© Reuters/TOBY MELVILLE Vigil for victims of a fatal attack on London Bridge in London

Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, both former students active in a program on prisoner rehabilitation, were killed on Friday when Usman Khan went on the rampage with kitchen knives at a conference about the program beside London Bridge.

At the vigil, London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, said the British capital had gathered "in a spirit of defiance to say that London will never be cowed or intimidated by terrorism."

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The Mayor of London is among those expected to attend a vigil for the victims of the London Bridge attack in the capital later. Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, will be honoured in a remembrance service at Guildhall Yard in the City. It will pay tribute to those who were injured, the emergency

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"The best way to defeat this hatred is not by turning on one another but is by focusing on the values that bind us to take hope from the heroism of ordinary Londoners and emergency services who ran towards danger."

Friday's attack has become a political issue ahead of the Dec. 12 election. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised a tougher stance on the release of prisoners if his Conservatives win a majority, criticizing the Centre-left opposition Labour Party's leader Jeremy Corbyn as soft on terrorism.

Labour says cuts to policing and social services under a decade of Conservative leadership have made it harder to fight militancy, to track former prisoners and to reintegrate them.

Confronted by bystanders, including a Polish man brandishing a narwhal tusk and others with fire extinguishers, the attacker wearing a fake suicide vest was wrestled to the ground. He was then shot dead by British police.

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After threatening to blow up the building, he stabbed five people then moved to London Bridge where he was confronted by members of the public. Police forensic officers at a property in Stafford being searched in connection with the London Bridge attack . Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters.

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Johnson and Corbyn both attended the vigil in Guildhall Yard, in the heart of the City of London, held to honor the dead, those injured, the emergency services and the members of the public who intervened.

The attacker had been sentenced to a minimum of eight years in 2012 for offenses including plotting to blow up the London Stock Exchange and British parliament. He was released a year ago without an assessment from the parole board of whether he was a threat to the public, despite a warning from the sentencing judge that such an assessment should be made.

"I absolutely deplore the fact that this man was out on the street, I think it was absolutely repulsive and we are going to take action," Johnson, whose party has been in power since 2010, said on Sunday.

BLAME GAME

Corbyn said Conservative cuts to community policing, probation, mental health, youth and social services could "lead to missed chances to intervene in the lives of people who go on to commit inexcusable acts."

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LONDON - London Bridge reopened to cars and pedestrians Monday, three days after a man previously convicted of terrorism offenses stabbed two people to death and injured three others before being shot dead by police. Political leaders including Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour Party

BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner said attackers wear fake suicide vests for a couple of Both the Conservatives and Labour say they have suspended election campaigning for the night London Bridge was the scene of another attack , on 3 June 2017, in which eight people were killed

A veteran peace campaigner, Corbyn has also said convicted terrorists should not necessarily serve their full prison terms, and has long said that British foreign policy in the Middle East has played a role in motivating militants.

Amid the political and media rhetoric, the father of one of the dead called on the media and politicians not to use his son to justify division or hatred.

"Don’t use my son’s death, and his and his colleague’s photos - to promote your vile propaganda," David Merritt said in a tweet above images of the front pages of right-wing tabloids, the Daily Mail and Daily Express, both of which described a government plan for a "blitz on freed jihadis."

"Jack stood against everything you stand for - hatred, division, ignorance," he said.

Both the dead were involved in the University of Cambridge's Learning Together program to help educate and rehabilitate prisoners, which was holding the event where the attacker began his rampage.

Islamic State said the attack was carried out by one of its fighters, the group's Amaq news agency reported on Saturday. The group did not provide any evidence.

(Writing by Guy Faulconbridge and William James Editing by Peter Graff)

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