Isis Admits Involvement in London Stabbings

Nic Rendon, Contributor

Recently, a possible terrorist attack took place on the London Bridge, resulting in 3 injuries and the death of attacker Sudesh Amman. Amman stabbed two people on a busy day in London, and another was injured by broken glass from the police gunfire. He also had a fake bomb strapped to his chest, further increasing suspicion that this was a terrorist attack. This is not the first felony Amman committed. He was released from prison on January 22 for reasons in a similar field. He was detained for terrorist related acts. This attack left officers questioning if Sudesh Amman was involved with the infamous terrorist group ISIS.

On Monday, ISIS claimed responsibility for this attack. They claimed that, “The perpetrator of the attack in Streatham district in south London yesterday is a fighter of Islamic State, and carried out the attack in response to calls to attack the citizens of coalition countries.” On the day of the attack, Sudesh Amman was being trailed by officers who had him on watch. They kept close eye on him just in case he had plans to attack. They suspected something because his last arrest was for posting graphic terrorist videos online, as well as bomb-making instructions and knife attack strategies.

This attack is sparking change in laws for the U.K. This is not the first terrorist attack they have received. On November 29, 2019, there was a confrontation on the London bridge that left two people dead. This most recent attack had no casualties, but it still has an impact on the  U.K. Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said ,”Yesterday’s appalling incident makes the case plainly for immediate action. We will therefore introduce emergency legislation to put an end to terrorist offenders getting released automatically having served half of their sentence with no check or review.” They are going to now have terrorists serve their full sentence. Previously, terrorists could get out of prison only having served a small portion of their full time. About 70 people were released after only serving about half of their sentence. There are somewhere around 200 possible terrorists serving time in British prisons that the new laws will apply to. One question still remains: what will they do about the 70 people currently free that could cause issues? The government is currently working on a way to figure this out.

The recent ISIS related attacks should not only cause worry for the U.K., but also the rest of the world. Many terrorist groups are unpredictable with their plans. Nobody really knows there motives or intentions for the recent altercations. Other countries should start taking security measures to avoid more issues with ISIS. Most of the time, these things can be prevented or stopped pretty quickly.  This may be the last attack on the U.K., but in the near future they will likely go somewhere else. It is unsure where they will target next, so it is best if as many nations as possible can protect themselves. If everybody can work to prevent terrorist attacks, the world is one step closer to peace.

Sources:

https://www.foxnews.com/world/isis-claims-responsibility-for-london-stabbings

(New York Times)

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/02/uk/london-police-shot-man-terror-intl-gbr/index.html