Arrest over London terror attack

Cheryl Sanders
June 11, 2017

British police on Tuesday named the third London Bridge attacker as an Italian national of Moroccan descent, and Italian officials said they had passed on their concerns about him to British intelligence officials previous year.

The third London Bridge terrorist to be identified, Youssef Zaghba, is thought to have lived in Ilford.

A 27-year-old was detained on terrorism charges while the second, 33, was arrested on drugs charges.

Eight people were killed and dozens injured when three men launched a van and knife rampage on Saturday night. They were shot and killed eight minutes after the police were first summoned - a rapid response for which the authorities have been praised.

The police have come under scrutiny following the identification of the attackers because one of them was known to the authorities.

Khuram Butt appeared in "The Jihadis Next Door", a film exploring extremism in Britain. He was also taken into custody on "suspicion of the preparation of terrorist acts", police said.

Scotland Yard has confirmed that Butt was known to police and MI5 but said there was "no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned" and the probe "had been prioritised accordingly".

The accused however are not connected to the 1 June attack in the United Kingdom capital that left eight people dead, the police said on Thursday.

Head of the Manchester-based Ramadan Foundation Mohammed Shafiq, who has spoken out about terrorism since 2001, said he was called a "murtad" - traitor in Arabic - by the London Bridge attacker, who accused him of being a "government stooge".

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Detectives investigating the London Bridge terror attack have carried out a search warrant at an address in east London in the early hours of Wednesday June 7". He was carrying an electronic device with Islamic State propaganda, they said.

As part of the bombing investigation 21 people have been arrested, of whom 12 are now free.

Bin Salem said there were no apparent links between Abedi and the London Bridge attackers. Rachid Redouane, 30 had claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan. When he was stopped and questioned, he reportedly told police officers: "I'm going to be a terrorist".

Security footage from London's Borough Market has surfaced online, showing the three suspects in Saturday's terrorist attack stabbing a civilian before police shoot them dead.

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