Britain’s most senior counterterror police officer, Mark Rowley, has said seven persons have been arrested in connection with the Westminster terror attack that brought bloodshed to the heart of London.
He disclosed this while briefing the media on the latest developments about the deadliest terror attack in central London in 12 years.
Rowley said six addresses were raided in London, Birmingham and elsewhere overnight following the attack linked to “Islamic terrorism in some form.”
At the scene of one of the police raids – a flat in Hagley Road, Birmingham – one witness said: “The man from London lived here.”
However, the anti-terror officer said he believes the attacker, who has not been identified, acted alone.
According to him, “hundreds of detectives worked through the night with their investigation focused on the attacker’s motivation, preparation and associates.
“It is still our belief — which continues to be borne out by our investigation — that this attacker acted alone yesterday and was inspired by international terrorism
“To be explicit, at this stage, we have no specific information about further threats to the public.”
Rowley revised the death toll from Wednesday’s atrocity down from five to four – the terrorist himself; Pc Keith Palmer, who he stabbed; a woman in her 40s and a man in his 50s – both of whom were mown down as the terrorist sped across Westminster Bridge in his car.
A total of 29 people were treated in hospital following the carnage, with seven people remaining in a critical condition on Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, members of parliament have returned to Westminster in a show of defiance.
Also, the office of London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has said in a statement that a candlelit vigil will be held Thursday evening in Trafalgar Square, not far from Westminster, to show solidarity and remember the victims.