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In shadow of attacks, British election campaign resumes

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After militants killed seven people and injured 48 in London, British Prime Minister Theresa May resumes campaigning on Monday just three days before a national election which polls show is much tighter than previously predicted.

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May said Britain must be tougher in stamping out Islamist extremism after three knife-wielding assailants rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby.

Following the third militant attack in Britain in less than three months, May said Thursday's election would go ahead and that Britain had been far too tolerant of extremism.

"Violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process," May, who served as interior minister from 2010 to 2016, said outside her Downing Street office on Sunday.

Britain's government and local authorities are working closely with the police to guarantee security around the national election, and robust plans have been in place for weeks, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokeswoman said on Monday.

Britain will vote in a national election on Thursday, just days after militants killed seven people and injured nearly 50 in an attack on London Bridge on Saturday night, the third assault in Britain in less than three months.

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