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London Bridge Knife Attack

Posted on in Terrorism · International Relations

On November 29, 2 people were killed and 3 others were injured in a knife attack near the historic London Bridge. The assailant was overcome by pedestrians and stripped of his deadly weapon until police arrived, who shot and killed the attacker.

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Links

“London Bridge: Parties row over attacker’s early release”
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-50615928

“London Bridge: Who was the attacker?”
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-50611788

“London Knife Attacker Identified; Public Lauds Narwhal Tusk Takedown”
https://www.npr.org/2019/11/30/783850385/london-knife-attacker-identified-public-lauds-narwhal-tusk-takedown

“ISIL Claims Responsibility for Deadly London Bridge Attack”
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/11/isil-claims-responsibility-deadly-london-bridge-attack-191130174025409.html

“People convicted of terror offenses must serve full prison terms: UK PM”
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-security-johnson-offences/people-convicted-of-terror-offenses-must-serve-full-prison-terms-uk-pm-idUSKBN1Y40CF

“Attack by Convicted Terrorist Prompts U.K. to Review Sentencing”
https://www.wsj.com/articles/attack-by-convicted-terrorist-prompts-u-k-to-review-sentencing-11575128129

“Tougher sentences won’t stop another London Bridge attack, but probation reform and more police might”
https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/london-bridge-attack-terror-tougher-sentences-police-probation-a9227271.html

Assessment

  • Writing: Review the timeline of terror attacks in England. What has prompted the general increase in activity? What has been the political response to such attacks?
  • Debate: Individuals convicted of terrorism should face harsher sentencing. Strict sentencing laws will be more effective at reducing terror incidents than probation reform and increasing police presence.
  • Poll: Should the government impose life-in-prison for convicted terrorists?
  • Short Answer: What effect, if any, might this attack have on the upcoming parliamentary elections in England?

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