British police identify third London attacker

Henrietta Brewer
June 8, 2017

All 12 people arrested on Sunday after the London attack have now been released without charge.

People queue to lay flowers after a vigil for victims of Saturday's attack in London Bridge, at Potter's Field Park in London, Monday, June 5, 2017.

Police in Ireland are investigating, with detectives trying to establish whether he travelled to Syria.

Seven people were killed and 48 injured in the attack which began at 21:58 BST on Saturday night. Thousands of people attended a vigil for the victims in London on Monday evening.

Police said a 30-year-old man was arrested early Wednesday at an address in east London.

All three attackers were shot dead by police after ramming a van into pedestrians on the bridge and stabbing people in the market.

Police have previously said eight officers who rushed to scene fired about 50 rounds, killing the three attackers.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said it was fair to ask how the attackers "slipped through our net".

Frenchman Xavier Thomas, 45, appeared to be the man pulled from the Thames River on Tuesday.

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Khuram Shazad Butt, 27 and born in Pakistan, was known to the police and MI5, the domestic intelligence service. His cousin, 18-year-old Bilal Dar, told The Associated Press that Butt's uncle was taken in for questioning.

"Our family is hurt by what he did", Dar said in the town about two hours east of Pakistan's capital.

He is alleged to have been an associate of jailed hate preacher Anjem Choudary and appeared in the 2016 Channel 4 Islamic extremist documentary The Jihadis Next Door.

May, under fire because of three major attacks in Britain in the last three months, said Corbyn wasn't fit to safeguard Britain's security at a time of heightened threat. The men were followers of Anjem Choudary, a preacher who was jailed for his support of the Islamic State and who once praised the September 11 attackers.

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Neighbors described Butt as an avid weightlifter and Transport for London confirmed he worked for London Underground in customer service before leaving last October. He also worked at Kentucky Fried Chicken and used a gym in east London.

However, unconfirmed reports suggest he was placed on the Schengen Information System (SIS II), a vast database of alerts about individuals and objects of interest to European Union law enforcement agencies.

Redouane had previously been refused asylum in the United Kingdom in 2009.

"The problem occurs when we know someone is moving in extremist circles but we don't have evidence to indicate that they are plotting an attack", said the British government official who spoke on condition of anonymity. He claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan. The couple is thought to have split. One man is still being held. British officials could not immediately confirm the reports.


British police on Tuesday named the third London Bridge attacker as an Italian national of Moroccan descent, even as UK's largest Muslim body issued a statement refusing to perform funeral prayers for the "vile murderers".

Zaghba first came to the attention of the Italian authorities in March 2016 when he was detained at Bologna Airport. Amato told Italy's Radio 24 that Zaghba was flagged to British authorities as a "possible suspect".

"We are ready to have those hard conversations, as equal citizens with an equal stake in this fight", he said in a statement Monday. "But there weren't elements of proof that he was a terrorist".

Forty-eight people, including two police officers, were treated at hospitals. Zaghba's Italian citizenship prevented such an expulsion, Italian daily Repubblica reported.

"While our pain will never diminish, it is important for us all to carry on with our lives in direct opposition to those who wish to destroy us and remember that hatred is the refuge of small-minded individuals and will only breed more", she said.

Youssef Zaghba called his mother last Thursday to say goodbye.

Between 2009 and 2016, the number of police officers fell by nearly 20,000, or around 14 percent, according to the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies think-tank.

During that time, police numbers have dropped by roughly 20,000 officers, and the number of armed officers has fallen as well.

Controversy over the UK's counter-terror efforts spread to border security after claims emerged that one of the perpetrators was let into the country despite being on a security watch list.


Danica Kirka, Jill Lawless, Raphael Satter and Gregory Katz contributed from London.

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