Following the alarming attack in London yesterday, many are questioning who was responsible.
A statement released by the Amaq News Agency, a group largely known for facilitating news for the terrorist group ISIS, claimed ISIS was responsible for the attack.
Per Fox News:
“The perpetrator of the attacks yesterday in front of the British Parliament in London is an Islamic State soldier and he carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of the coalition,” the Amaq statement said.
Others are confirming the attack to have been religiously motivated:
The attacker’s identity has not been revealed, but British Prime Minister Theresa May said he was born in Britain and known to authorities who had once investigated him for links to religious extremism.
“Our working assumption is that the attacker was inspired by Islamist ideology,” she told members of Parliament. “We know the threat from Islamist terrorism is very real. But while the public should remain utterly vigilant, they should not and will not be cowed by this threat.”
Fox News reports May confirms a connection to the the attacker’s violence and Islam:
“It is Islamist terrorism,” she said. “It is a perversion of a great faith.”
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The Prime Minister does offer hope to her nation:
May called the attack “sick and depraved,” and stood defiant against it.
“An act of terrorism tried to silence our democracy, but today we meet as normal … we are not afraid and our resolve will never waver in the face of terrorism,” she said. “Democracy and the values it entails will always prevail.”