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Fourth person arrested as Spain reels from twin attacks

BARCELONA — Catalan police said Friday they have arrested a fourth person in connection with the attacks in Barcelona and the resort of Cambrils that killed at least 14 people.

Police made the announcement on Twitter without providing further details. Barcelona’s SER radio reported that the arrest was made in Ripoll, where two others were arrested, including, reportedly, the brother of the key suspect.

Thursday’s van attack in Barcelona killed at least 13 people, and one woman was killed early Friday in Cambrils when a car ploughed into pedestrians there.

Police fatally shot five suspects in Cambrils. Officials say the van driver is still on the run. Unconfirmed media reports named the driver as Moussa Oukabir, 17.

His brother Driss Oukabir, of Moroccan origin, was named by Spanish media as one of the two people detained in Ripoll.

Police said two suspects arrested Thursday, including one from Alcanar, were a Spanish national from Melilla, a Spanish-run Mediterranean seafront enclave in North Africa, and the other a Moroccan.

Spanish public broadcaster RTVE said Driss Oukabir went to police in Ripoll to report that his identity documents had been stolen. Various Spanish media said the IDs with his name were found in the attack van and that he claimed his brother might have stolen them.

SER reported that officials believe the cell could contain as many as 12 people, including some who have traveled to Syria.

Spanish policemen stand guard as tourists pass by with their suitcases on the Rambla boulevard on August 18, 2017 a day after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing 13 persons and injuring over 100 on the Rambla in Barcelona. (AFP PHOTO / Pascal GUYOT)

“There could be more people in Ripoll connected to the group,” Catalonia Interior Minister Joaquim Forn told TV3 television, adding that police were focusing their investigation on identifying the five dead in Cambrils as well as the driver of the Barcelona van.

Authorities said 13 people were killed when a white van drove up on a sidewalk on Barcelona’s popular Las Ramblas Boulevard, mowing down people and spreading carnage Thursday afternoon.

Over 100 people were injured.

Hours later, an Audi sedan ran into pedestrians and police in the resort city of Cambrils, killing one person and injuring at least five others.

Catalan officials announced the death of a woman hit in Cambrils Friday afternoon, raising the total death toll to 14.

Authorities said the back-to-back vehicle attacks — as well as an explosion earlier this week elsewhere in Catalonia — were connected and the work of a large terrorist group.

A person is helped by Spanish policemen and two men after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing at least 13 people and injuring around 100 others on the Rambla in Barcelona on August 17, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / Nicolas CARVALHO OCHOA)

Forn, told local radio RAC1 the Cambrils attack “follows the same trail. There is a connection.”

He told Onda Cero radio that the Cambrils and Barcelona attacks were being investigated together, as well as a Wednesday night explosion in the town of Alcanar in which one person was killed.

“We are not talking about a group of one or two people, but rather a numerous group,” he said. He added that the Alcanar explosion had been caused by butane tanks stored in a house, and that firefighters and police responding to the blast had been injured.

Forn also suggested a possible connection to an incident Thursday in which the driver of a Ford Focus plowed through a police checkpoint leaving Barelona after the attack, injuring two police officers. The driver was killed. Police initially said there was no connection to the Barcelona carnage, but Forn said an investigation was under way.

“There is a possibility (of a connection), but it is not confirmed,” he said.

The Barcelona attack at the peak of Spain’s tourist season left victims sprawled across the street, spattered with blood and writhing in pain from broken limbs. Others were ushered inside shops by officers with their guns drawn or fled in panic, screaming and carrying young children in their arms.

“It was clearly a terror attack, intended to kill as many people as possible,” Josep Lluis Trapero, a senior police official for Spain’s Catalonia region told reporters late Thursday.

The Islamic State group said in a statement on its Aamaq news agency that the attack was carried out by “soldiers of the Islamic State” in response to the extremist group’s calls for followers to target countries participating in the coalition trying to drive it from Syria and Iraq.

Spanish policemen stand guard on the Rambla boulevard in Barcelona on August 18, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO)

Citing police sources, Spain’s RTVE as well as El Pais and TV3 identified the brother, Moussa Oukabir, as the suspected driver of the van. Forn declined to comment on questions about him Friday, citing the ongoing investigation.

Media outlets ran photographs of Driss Oukabir they said police had issued to identify one of the suspects. The regional police told The Associated Press that they had not distributed the photograph. They refused to say if he was one of the two detained.

The driver, however, remained at large.

“We don’t know if the driver is still in Barcelona or not, or what direction he fled in,” Forn, the Catalan interior minister, told SER Radio. “We had local police on the scene, but we were unable to shoot him, as the Ramblas were packed with people.”

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called the killings a “savage terrorist attack” and said Spaniards “are not just united in mourning, but especially in the firm determination to beat those who want to rob us of our values and our way of life.”

After the afternoon attack, Las Ramblas went into lockdown. Swarms of officers brandishing hand guns and automatic weapons launched a manhunt in the downtown district, ordering stores and cafes and public transport to shut down.

By Friday morning, the promenade had reopened to the public, albeit under heavy surveillance and an unusual quiet.

Newsstands were open selling papers and souvenirs near Plaza de Catalunya, but the iconic flower shops that line the promenade remained shuttered. Vendors who typically sell counterfeit sneakers and soccer jerseys displayed on white sheets were nowhere to be found.

“We all feel fine, right?” said Tara Lanza, a New York tourist who arrived in Barcelona even after hearing of the attack.

“It’s sad,” John Lanza said, as the family stood outside the gated La Boqueria market. “You can tell it’s obviously quieter than it usually is, but I think people are trying to get on with their lives.”

At noon Friday, a minute of silence honoring the victims was observed at the Placa Catalunya, near the top of the Ramblas where the van attack started. Rajoy declared three days of national mourning.

Since the Madrid train bombings, the only deadly attacks had been bombings claimed by the Basque separatist group ETA that killed five people over the past decade. It declared a cease-fire in 2011.

“Unfortunately, Spaniards know the absurd and irrational pain that terrorism causes. We have received blows like this in recent years, but we also that terrorists can be beaten,” Rajoy said.

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Philadelphia man arrested for urinating on synagogue

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A man in Philadelphia turned himself in to police after the release of security footage showing him urinating on a local synagogue and making a lewd gesture.

The footage, which was filmed early Sunday morning, shows the man approaching the entrance of Congregation Beth Solomon before flipping off the camera and relieving himself on the wall next to the synagogue’s front doors.

Following the incident, police released segments of the security video and called on the public’s help in tracking down the suspect, leading 23-year-old Sheidali Dzhalilov to turn himself in Tuesday evening, according to ABC news.

Police said he has been arrested and charged with ethnic intimidation, indecent exposure, institutional vandalism, desecration of objects, open lewdness, harassment and disorderly conduct.

Police official Dennis Rosenbaum said the congregation’s rabbi was at the synagogue at the time of the incident and noticed movement on the surveillance feed, leading him to examine the footage and see the suspect urinating on the building.

“Otherwise he might not have even known it happened,” Rosenbaum told ABC.

He added that the camera was installed after previous incidents of stealing and vandalism at the synagogue, including the theft of the large menorah that can be seen in the background of the video.

ISRAELI BILLIONAIRE ARRESTED IN INT’L MONEY LAUNDERING PROBE

 

Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz and acting Bezeq CEO David Granot were among five individuals detained by police Monday morning in an international money laundering investigation centering around Steinmetz, a diamond and real estate magnate.

Tal Zilberstein, an Israeli political consultant to the Austrian government, attorney Doron Levy, and Asher Avidan, a former senior executive of Steinmetz’s in Guinea and president of BSGR corporation mining division, were also detained.

The five men are being questioned by the Israel Police’s Lahav 433 anti-corruption division and Swiss Police about allegations of largescale fraud, breach of trust, bribery, obstruction of justice and false registration of corporate documents.

It is suspected that the four men were working with Steinmetz in a systematic way in order to create and present false contracts and deals, mainly in the real estate sphere in foreign countries, in order to transfer money and launder money.

Police extended Steinmetz’s and Zilberstein’s detention to four days, but released Granot later in the day and permitted him to return to work.

Steinmetz denied every allegation in the court discussion on Monday. “I feel awful that the State of Israel is doing this to me. [These measures] are common in an authoritarian regime,” he said. “I have done nothing wrong; I was politically targeted.”

He also accused billionaire George Soros of targeting him over a personal vendetta involving his business interests in Guinea.

Steinmetz has accused Soros of waging a “political war” and orchestrating false testimony against him.

Steinmetz, 60, has been under investigation for several years, in part for his involvement in potentially illegal real estate dealings conducted by his company in Guinea.

Last December, he was placed under house arrest during a probe into bribery allegations related to the activities of his mining firm BSG Resources in Africa.

Steinmetz was born in Netanya to a prominent diamond dealer with offices in Switzerland and Belgium. He moved to Belgium in 1978 to run his father’s international diamond business, the Steinmetz Diamond Group (SDG).

Following his father’s death, Steinmetz inherited the Geneva- based company, which he then chaired. In 2010, SDG was the largest buyer of rough diamonds for the international De Beers diamond group.

In 2014, Steinmetz sold his shares in SDG to his brother, Daniel, to focus solely on BSGR.

BSGR, which Steinmetz founded in 1998, is headquartered in the known tax shelter of Guernsey Island.

The company is an international resources and power conglomerate, with a heavy presence in Africa and the developing world. The bulk of BSGR’s activities currently focuses on the mining of diamonds, copper, iron ore and gold.

In 2011, Forbes listed Steinmetz as the 162nd richest man in the world, with a personal wealth of more than $6 billion, while Bloomberg estimated his personal wealth at $9b.

According to The New Yorker, the corporate structures of his various enterprises are so convoluted that it is difficult to assess the true extent of his holdings.

For example, on paper Steinmetz does not serve in any executive capacity at BSGR, and is described by the company solely as an “adviser and beneficiary to the incomes of the group’s companies.”

Meanwhile, he has repeatedly fallen into conflict with Israel’s Tax Authority over his status at BSGR, since he pays tax in Israel only for “advisory fees.”

Former attorney-general Meni Mazuz suspected Steinmetz of large-scale tax evasion in 2009 and ordered a probe into the tycoon’s affairs.

“The [suspected] offenses are offenses that were made deliberately and maliciously in order to evade tax and make wrongful gains,” Mazuz wrote in the probe case file.

That probe, however, never developed into a criminal investigation.

Although the Israel Police on Monday requested to extend the remand of Steinmetz for eight days, a judge at Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court agreed to extend the arrest by only three.

During Steinmetz’s arraignment, Avshalom Ahrak, the officer in charge of the case, told the judge that Steinmetz’s release would hinder the investigation.

“With his capacities to interfere, [Steinmetz] has proven to us that if he were to be released, he could take actions that would interfere with the investigation,” he said.

Granot only recently took over the chairmanship of Bezeq’s board of directors after Shaul Elovitch was barred from the telecom giant because of the Israel Securities Authority investigation into dealings between Bezeq and other companies Elovitch controls.

Granot was released on Monday, and will be allowed to continue in his position at Bezeq, as the investigation is not related to the company.

However, Austria’s Social Democratic Party terminated Zilberstein following his arrest.

“Tal Zilberstein advised the election campaign for the Social Democratic Party of Austria, and did social science research in the field of public opinion polling,” the party’s campaign manager Georg Niedermühlbichler told the APAOTS news agency.

“The SPÖ is ceasing cooperation with Zilberstein, effective immediately,” he added.

The investigation is being conducted with the cooperation of overseas law enforcement agencies, and in concert with the Israel Money Laundering and Terror Financing Prohibition Authority, and under the direction of the Economic Department and the Department of International Affairs in the State Attorney’s Office.

Police impersonator arrested trying to enter Long Island synagogue

A 28-year-old New York City man was arrested for pretending to be a police officer in order to enter an Orthodox synagogue in a Long Island suburb.

Police arrested Mikhail Mikhaylov of Far Rockaway, Queens, after he entered Temple Young Israel of Woodmere, in the heavily Orthodox Five Towns area, at the end of services on Saturday morning.

News12 reported that Mikhaylov was wearing an NYPD baseball cap and badge and was armed with handcuffs and pepper spray, but when a security guard asked him to show his police identification, he fled the scene.

An attorney representing Mikhaylov said he came to the synagogue to pray.

One of Mikhaylov’s neighbors in Queens told News12 that he was surprised by the events.

“He actually has prayed at my synagogue at times,” the unidentified neighbor said.

Germany: Chinese Tourists Arrested for Nazi Salutes

German police arrested two Chinese tourists for making illegal “Heil Hitler” salutes in front of the historic Reichstag building that houses the German parliament.

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Berlin police officers say they detained the two men, aged 36 and 49, after they were seen striking the salute and photographing each other with their mobile phones.

They face charges for “using symbols of illegal organizations”, the police said in a statement, and were released after posting bail of 500 euros each.

Germany has strict laws against free speech, free expression especially symbols linked to the National Socialists.

The Reichstag is a powerful symbol in Germany. It was destroyed by fire in 1933 by a communist arsonist.

Brooklyn man arrested for arson of Jewish-decorated bus

A 30-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested for allegedly setting fire to a bus decorated with Jewish symbols in the New York borough.

Jackson Joseph was charged with arson Monday after being identified in a surveillance video, WABC-TV reported. Joseph, from the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, is accused of setting the so-called mitzvah bus alight when it was parked June 26 in the Crown Heights neighborhood.

He has not been charged with a hate crime, even though the bus was covered with Jewish symbols.

Brooklyn artist Lev “Leviticus” Schieber uses his bus as a studio and gallery for his paintings in Crown Heights, as well as at festivals and parades. It was seen in the music video “I’m a Jew and I’m Proud” by singer Benny Friedman.

Last summer, the tires on the bus were slashed.

Schieber said he plans to buy a new minibus, though he has not decided how he will paint it, according to the Vos Iz Neiz website.

412 Michigan Muslims Arrested In Fed’s ‘LARGEST BUST IN U.S. HISTORY’ After Uncovering Deadly Hidden Secret

The state of Michigan is quickly turning into a Sharia swamp, thanks to the reckless immigration policies of Obama over the past 8 years. Not only are portions of Michigan being transformed into a “mini Baghdad,” but the state is also being overrun with rampant illegal activity, where the Muslim populace is constantly being busted in welfare fraud and disgusting mutilation practices on little girls. Now thanks to the hordes of Muslims taking over the state, Michigan can add another “accomplishment” on their list, as the Justice Department is dubbing what just went down in this state the “largest scam in United States history.”

Muslims continually prove that they have little intentions into assimilating into western civilization or adhering to our nation’s laws after arriving to America from their third world countries. Our generosity to these savages is frequently repaid by insolence, as many Muslims are constantly busted at the center of welfare fraud rings, as they seek to scam the very country who has given them so much. In yet another case of blatant disregard for for our nation’s laws, a group of Muslim doctors in Detroit have just been busted as the masterminds behind a $1.3 billion dollar fraudulent scheme, leading to the arrests of 412 people overnight, in the “largest scam” that the United States Department of Justice has ever seen.

The scam involves a scheme where Muslim doctors will write massive quantities of prescriptions for opioids. These drugs never land in the hands of patients however, as the Muslims will them make fraudulent claims to Medicaid and pocket the money. Additionally, the drugs often wind of on the streets as part of a huge back-alley drug operation. The U.S. Justice Department is calling this prescription drug and health care fraud scheme the largest operation of its kind in American history, naming several Michigan Muslim doctors responsible for orchestrating this huge criminal enterprise to rip off Medicare. ClickonDetroit.com has more:

“Officials have made 412 arrests nationwide, including 56 doctors and targeting 200 clinics. The Justice Department said those arrested are responsible for $1.3 billion in fraudulent transactions.

Federal officials said a group of Michigan doctors was responsible for a major chunk of the scheme.

One of the clinics hit in the sting operations is in Farmington. Federal officials said the opioid epidemic is part of it, but the medical office and a number of others were set up specifically as a criminal enterprise to rip off Medicare.

Federal officers raided the Fisher Building Wednesday, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said their work accounted for 10 percent of the scam’s value.

‘Six doctors in Michigan prescribed patients with unnecessary opioids, some of which ended up for sale on the streets,’ Sessions said.

A physician group called Global Quality used to operate out of a Woodward Avenue office building.”

The ring leader of the massive Medicare scam is Muslim Mashiyat Rashid, who profited with an astounding $164 million from the fraud. He had had no qualms about rubbing the American taxpayers’ noses in what he stole from them, frequently bragging about his large piles of cash on social media. Here’s an image he posted on Facebook where he poses beside his Bentely sedan and corporate jet…all bought and paid for with the Medicare money he scammed from the American taxpayer.

Mashiyat Rashid stands beside his Bentley sedan and a corporate jet.

Other nauseating pictures show Rashid standing at the NBA finals with his court-side tickets, enjoying a life of opulence he enjoyed while screwing over the American people. Rashid’s name is included in court documents as Feds prepare their case for trial, where Muslim doctors Joseph Betro, Spilios Pappas, Abdul Haq, Tariz Omar and Mohammad Zahoor were busted working directly with Rashid in recent years to make their millions.

Muslim Mashiyat Rashid at the NBA finals living off the money he’s stolen from the American people

More than 400 others across the country were charged late last week for taking part in the health care scam in connection with a raid last week at the Fisher Building in Detroit. Other Muslim defendants include:

  • Mashiyat Rashid, of Oakland County – controlled, owned or operated Global Quality, Aqua Therapy, Tri-County Physicians, Tri-State Physicians, New Center Medical, National Laboratories, and Tri-County Wellness;
  • Yasser Mozeb, of Oakland County – allegedly received payments from Global Quality and Tri-County Wellness;
  • Abdul Haq, of Washtenaw County, physician enrolled as a participating provider with Medicare for Aqua Therapy, Tri-County Physicians and Tri-State Physicians;
  • Joseph Betro, of Oakland County, physician enrolled as a participating provider with Medicare for Tri-County Physicians and New Center Medical;
  • Tariz Omar, of Oakland County, physician enrolled as a participating provider with Medicare for Tri-County Physicians.
  • Mohammed Zahoor, of Oakland County, physician enrolled as a participating provider with Medicare for Tri-County Physicians.

Trump’s Justice Department isn’t messing around, as the defendants are being brought up on a plethora of federal charges, including five counts of health care fraud and health care fraud conspiracy. Rashid has additionally been charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and money laundering, receipt of kickbacks in connection with a federal health care program, and payment of kickbacks in connection with federal health care program. In all, investigators say that Rashid’s companies’ fraudulently billed Medicare $126 million, with a total of $1.3 billion in similar scams across the country.

We must continue to sound the alarm about what’s going right underneath our noses. This isn’t the first time that Muslims have ripped off Americans with fraud, and with the hordes of migrants that liberals keep fighting to bring into our country, stories like this will sadly become the new norm if the American people do not wake the hell up soon!

Turkish director arrested for film of Erdogan ‘execution’

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ISTANBUL, Turkey — Turkish police on Thursday detained a prominent film director who has made a controversial movie showing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan under gunpoint in a bloody coup d’etat, state media reported on Thursday.

The state-run Anadolu news agency said Ali Avci was detained on suspicion of links to the group blamed by Ankara for the — real life — failed coup that sought to oust Erdogan last year.

Avci’s new film “Uyanis” (Awakening) is not in theaters yet but its trailer has already stirred up controversy on the first anniversary of the July 15 attempted putsch Ankara says was masterminded by US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen.

Gulen denies the charges.

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Bu Ne perhiz Bu Ne Lahana Turşusu: 15 Temmuz gecesini anlatan ‘Uyanış’ filminin yapımcısı olan Ali Avcı, FETÖ üyeliğinden gözaltına alındı.

Police also detained another man, identified as Fetullah Karabiber, who was found in Avci’s house and was already wanted by authorities, it said.

Uyanis’s trailer features the killing of Erdogan’s family — including his wife Emine and his son Bilal — in their house in the Kisikli district of Istanbul while Erdogan is shown under gunpoint.

Avci was also a producer of the film “Reis” (the Chief), a biopic about Erdogan’s early political life, which hit screens ahead of a key April referendum to boost Erdogan’s powers.

It was the first ever feature film about Erdogan and received immense media attention at home and abroad ahead of its release.

However, it garnered dreadful reviews and made only paltry box office takings. Turkish media reported that Erdogan did not watch that film.

Amnesty says Turkey director, activists arrested in Istanbul

ISTANBUL — Human rights organization Amnesty International on Thursday said Turkish police had detained its Turkey director and other activists and called for their immediate release.

Idil Eser, director of Amnesty International Turkey, was detained on Wednesday along with activists and trainers during a “digital security and information management workshop” on Buyukada, an island south of Istanbul, Amnesty said in a statement.

There was no immediate comment from the police or indication of what the rights activists have been accused of.

Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International’s Turkey researcher, said they were accused of membership in a terror group.

“(The authorities) are authorized to detain them for 7 days,” he told AFP.

“All the people who were taking part in this workshop face the accusation of being members of an armed terrorist organization. Which terrorist organization? No one knows.”

He said 10 people had been detained in total: eight human rights defenders and two foreign trainers — a German and a Swedish national and that they were subsequently taken to various police stations.

Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania on July 18, 2016. (AFP/Thomas Urbain)

The detentions come less than a month after Amnesty International’s Turkey chair, Taner Kilic, was remanded in custody on what the group described as “baseless charges” of links to the alleged mastermind of the July 15 failed coup Fethullah Gulen.

“We are profoundly disturbed and outraged that some of Turkey’s leading human rights defenders, including the Director of Amnesty International Turkey, should have been detained so blatantly without cause,” said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.

He said they must be “immediately and unconditionally released.”

Human Rights Watch said the action “is a repressive new low for the Turkish state,” urging Turkish authorities to provide a public explanation of why it is investigating them as members of a terror group.

In Ankara, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn said he raised the issue with government officials but “I didn’t get for the moment a sufficient answer.”

He said the detentions “created some irritations” and assured: “We will certainly follow up.”

Turkey remains under a state of emergency imposed in the wake of the July 15, 2016 failed coup aimed at ousting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Gulen denies any involvement.

Critics say that the emergency has been used to round up not just the alleged plotters but anyone who dares to oppose the president.

Turkish officials insist that all actions are carried out within the framework of the law.

Gardner said the detainees were “in good spirits.”

“They have enough food and enough to drink,” he said.

“The whole basis of this detention is fraudulent. They were taking part in a routine workshop,” he added.

“It’s just an attempt to harass and detain and look up human rights defenders.”

Islamic State claims deadly London attack as dozen arrested

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for London attacks which left seven people dead, an online news agency affiliated with the jihadists said Monday.

“A security detachment from Islamic state carried out London attacks yesterday” the Aamaq news agency said, referring to Saturday’s assault which saw three men in a van plow into pedestrians on London Bridge before going on a stabbing spree.

The SITE Intelligence Group said in a statement Sunday that the Aamaq news service cited “a security source” in the Arabic-language posting claiming the attack.

Islamic State has often made such claims not just when it has sent attackers, but when extremists carrying out deadly plots were inspired by the group’s ideology.

However, SITE director Rita Katz said the claim indicated the attack had been coordinated by the terror group and not simply inspired by it.

1) Breaking: claims attacks in carried out by fighters, according to its sources pic.twitter.com/M7xOxzWQq7

2) Amaq claim on : It was carried out by “a detachment of fighters”,ie. likely coordinated with , not ISIS inspired

The London attack was the third this year that Islamic State has claimed in Britain, after a bombing in Manchester late last month and a similar attack in the heart of London in March.

The three attackers in Saturday’s attack have not been identified.

British police arrested a dozen people Sunday in a widening terrorism investigation after the attackers, using a van and large knives, turned a balmy evening of nightlife into a bloodbath and killed seven people in the heart of London.

A person, on ground, being detained by police at Elizabeth Fry apartments in Barking, East London, which officers raided Sunday June 4, 2017, following Saturday's terror attack at London Bridge and Borough Market. (Furqan Nabi/PA via AP)

Although the attackers were also dead, authorities raced to determine whether others assisted them, and Prime Minister Theresa May warned that the country faced a new threat from copycat attacks.

The county’s major political parties temporarily suspended campaigning with only days to go before the general election. May said the vote would take place as scheduled Thursday because “violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process.”

The assault unfolded over a few terrifying minutes late Saturday, starting when a rented van veered off the road and barreled into pedestrians on busy London Bridge. Three men then got out of the vehicle with large knives and attacked people at bars and restaurants in nearby Borough Market until they were shot dead by police.

“They went ‘This is for Allah,’ and they had a woman on the floor. They were stabbing her,” witness Gerard Vowls said.

Florin Morariu, a Romanian chef who works in the Bread Ahead bakery, said he saw people running and some fainting. Then two people approached another person and “began to stick the knife in … and then I froze and I didn’t know what to do.”

Debris and abandoned cars remain on London Bridge at the scene of a terror attack in central London on June 3, 2017. (AFP Photo/Chris J. Ratcliffe)

He said he managed to get near one attacker and “hit him around the head” with a bread basket.

“There was a car with a loudspeaker saying ‘go, go’ and they (police) threw a grenade. … and then I ran,” he said.

London police said officers killed the attackers within eight minutes of arriving at the scene. Eight officers fired some 50 rounds, said Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, the force’s head of counterterrorism.

The three attackers were wearing what appeared to be suicide belts, but the belts turned out to be fake. Investigators were working to determine whether others assisted them, Rowley said.

A bystander was also wounded by the gunfire, but the civilian’s injuries were not believed to be critical.

Forty-eight people, including two police officers, were treated at hospitals. Twenty-one remained in critical condition Sunday. Among the wounded were German, French and Spanish citizens, officials said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said a Canadian was among the dead. A French national was also confirmed dead.

Counterterrorism officers raided several addresses in Barking, an east London suburb, and arrested 12 people there Sunday, police said.

Armed police on Borough High Street, close to Borough Market (background) in London on June 4, 2017, one of the scenes of the June 3 terror attack. (AFP/Odd ANDERSEN)

Neighbors at the site of one raid in Barking said a man who lived there resembled one of the attackers shown in news photographs.

“He’s lived here for about three years,” Damien Pettit said. “He’s one of our neighbors. I’ve said hello in passing more than 50, 60 occasions. He has two young kids. He was a very nice guy.”

Armed officers also conducted a raid in the East Ham area of the city. Video showed police shouting at someone: “Get on the balcony. Stand up and show us your hands!”

The rampage was the third major attack in Britain in the past three months, including a similar vehicle and knife attack on Westminster Bridge in March that left five people dead.

On May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured dozens at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, in northwest England. Grande and other stars performed Sunday night at a benefit concert for victims under tight security in Manchester.

“I don’t feel or smell or hear or see any fear in this building. All we feel here tonight is love, resilience, positivity,” said Pharrel Williams, who performed alongside Miley Cyrus.

Music fans gather at the One Love Manchester benefit concert for the families of the victims of the May 22, Manchester terror attack, at Emirates Old Trafford in Greater Manchester on June 4, 2017. (AFP/Pool/Danny Lawson for One Love Manchester)

May said the attacks were not directly connected, “but we believe we are experiencing a new trend in the threat we face” as “terrorism breeds terrorism” and attackers copy one another. She said five credible plots have been disrupted since March.

“It is time to say, enough is enough,” she said.

Britain’s official terrorism threat level was raised from “severe” to “critical” after the Manchester attack, meaning an attack may be imminent. Several days later it was lowered again to “severe,” meaning an attack is highly likely.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Sunday that the level would remain at severe because police believe there are no perpetrators still on the loose.

London Bridge and a large area on the south bank of the River Thames remained cordoned off Sunday, and police told people to avoid the area.

Police and members of the emergency services attend to victims of a terror attack on London Bridge in central London, June 3, 2017. (AFP/DANIEL SORABJI)

Hours earlier, the area packed with bars and restaurants around the foodie magnet of Borough Market had been a scene of panic, as people barricaded themselves in pubs and restaurants or fled through the streets.

Medics treated the wounded near the market as shocked people cried and shouted around them. Police officers yelled at people to run from the area, and blasts were heard as officers performed a series of controlled explosions.

Renan Marquese, a sous-chef at a tapas restaurant, said he was working when he heard chaotic sounds outside.

“When I open the door I see three dead people on the floor,” he said. “People running everywhere, police shouting to run away.”

He said that he helped a man and his partner, even taking the woman into his arms because she was too upset to walk properly. He said it took him 20 minutes to carry her across the bridge, stumbling all the way.

“It was really scary,” he said.

Police officers and members of the emergency services attend to a person injured in a terror attack on London Bridge in central London, June 3, 2017. (AFP/Daniel Sorabji)

Amid the violence and fear were stories of compassion and heroism. The British Transport Police said one of their officers, among the first to arrive, took the attackers on armed only with his baton and was seriously wounded. He was later described as being in stable condition with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Witnesses described how passers-by threw chairs and beer glasses at the attackers in an attempt to stop them.

Richard Angell, who was in a restaurant, said he looked out and saw “a guy who is throwing a table at somebody, and it’s very unclear about what is happening. And it turns out to be a heroic guy who saw what was happening and just bombarded these terrible cowardly people with stuff.”

Vowls also saw people striking back at the attackers and said he joined in.

“I went ‘Oi, terrorists, cowards, Oi!’” he told The Associated Press. Then he picked up a chair.

“I chucked it, but I think I missed one of them, and then I picked up a stool, and I threw it at him. And he looked at me. He started running towards me, and then he decided not to.

“Then I was screaming at them, picking up bottles from a beer barrel. I was just throwing it at them, trying to get them to chase me so I could get them out into the main road where the police could see them and obviously take them down.”

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