BRITAIN HOLDS A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR TERROR VICTIMS
At 11 am in central Manchester crowds paused for a minute of silence to remember the victims of the terror attack on Monday in which 22 people were killed. / COURTESY

Britain will hold a minute’s silence for the victims of the London terror attack on Tuesday, just two days before a general election, as questions mount over an assailant who was known to MI5.

With flags flying at half mast, Britain will fall silent as clocks strike 11:00am (1000 GMT) to remember the seven people killed and dozens injured in the central London attack on Saturday evening.

While Londoners have declared their defiance in the face of terror, bunches of flowers piling up point to a city in mourning less than three months since five were killed outside the British parliament in another attack.

“To the sick and evil extremists who commit these hideous crimes, we will defeat you. You will not win,” Mayor Sadiq Khan said to applause during a vigil on Monday.

As Khan spoke, police named two of the three attackers as Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane.

“Khuram Shazad Butt was known to the police and MI5. However, there was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned,” the Metropolitan Police said.

A total of 12 people arrested as part of the investigation have since been released without charge.

Source: AFP