America reels from deadly London terror attacks

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- All eyes are on the United Kingdom as the country reels from two different terror attacks that together killed 29 people.

UT Global Security Fellow and terrorism expert Brandon Prins said attacks so close together could be in response to other countries fighting back.

"These are actions that signal a weakness in ISIS, in the sense that it wants to demonstrate that it is still a player," said Prins.

Police said ISIS took responsibility for the latest attacks in the UK that began when a van mowed down pedestrians on the London Bridge and ended with a stabbing in a nearby tourist area.

According to Prins, authorities are looking for clues that could tie the radicalized attackers in London to the suicide bombing in Manchester.

"We have to wait and see a little bit on whether or not there has been some failure in counter terrorism policies in Great Britain or whether this was an effort that was designed to build on the Manchester attack," said Prins.

According to Prins, the attack in London could be sending a message to America that ISIS rejects the nation's renewed efforts to stop them. While so many possible theories cloud his mind, Prins said he has faith in America's ability to foil terror attempts.

"Some recent evidence suggests that about 70-75 percent of terror plots are actually uncovered and stopped before the attack occurs," said Prins.

While Prins is confident in federal protection, he's not so sure that President Trump's immigration policy will make a difference.

"The terror attacks we've witnessed in the United States have been done by radicalized either Americans or individuals that have green cards, that are in this country legally," said Prins.

In the meantime, Prins encourages Tennesseans to put the terror attacks overseas into perspective.

"We have 13 thousand homicides a year, so we have very few individuals that are killed via terrorist attacks," said Prins.