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Sir Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, said although there is an intense security operation still underway, “London is going to work this morning”.

He told the BBC Today programme:

London has seen this before and is taking this on the chin, and I do want to reassure you that the police and security forces are doing everything possible to make sure that people can go about their daily life as safely as possible.

He said the “working assumption” is the attack is “linked to Islamic terrorism in some form”.

But he described the attacker as a “lone wolf” who used “things from daily life a vehicle, a knife,” which he said made such an attack “much more difficult to forestall”.

So we’re dealing with an enemy, a terrorist enemy that is not making demands or holding people hostage but simply wants to kill as many people as possible. So this is a new element to international terrorism.

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