Police identify third suspect in London Bridge attack

Cheryl Sanders
June 7, 2017

British police had earlier said the 22-year-old had not been on their radar prior to Saturday's attack.

A Scotland Yard statement said: "Detectives would like to hear from anyone who has any information about these (three) men that may assist them with the investigation".

Zaghba visited her at her home near Bologna several times and in March 2016, after being stopped at Bologna airport, he was investigated for possible worldwide terrorist activity but released, according to the newspaper.

Immediately after he was arrested at Bologna airport in March 2016, Italian authorities put the name of the third London terror attacker, Youssef Zaghba, on the global intelligence circuit, sources said Tuesday.

Much of the area around London Bridge remained cordoned off as police continued to investigate Saturday's attack that killed seven people.

Butt had been investigated in 2015, was known by neighbors to be an extremist and was featured a year ago in a documentary on Britain's Channel 4 called "The Jihadis Next Door".

She warned that while police had managed to foil five attacks in recent months, it was possible they were witnessing the start of a wave of copycat assaults by freshly emboldened home-grown radicals.

"MI5 and the police have already said they would be reviewing how they dealt with Manchester and I would expect them to do exactly the same in relation to London Bridge", she said.

Another key figure in the film is Abu Haleema, who has been subject to intensive monitoring by the security services after they discovered his close contacts with a teenager - later to become the youngest child in Britain to be convicted of a terrorism offence.

The so-called Islamic State (IS) group has said its "fighters" carried out the attack. Twelve other people detained in connection to the attacks have been released without charge, police say. According to Assistant Police Commissioner Mark Rowley, he had seen "nothing to show that a poor decision has been made" in 2015 and that police had no evidence Butt was planning anything.

Neighbors described Butt as an avid weightlifter. Redouane had not aroused any suspicions.

During his time in Britain, Butt once worked for Transport of London as a customer service clerk but failed his probation after a few months on the job after attendance issues. The organization is seeking to cut up to £400 million ($515 million) from its budget, potentially wiping as many as 12,800 police officers from the force - a reduction in its strength of up to 40 percent. According to a poll published Tuesday by the group Survation, May's lead over Labour has shrivelled to just over a single point - 41.6 percent to 40.4 percent. The number of police officers in England and Wales fell by nearly 20,000 between 2010 and 2016 - years when May, as home secretary, was in charge of policing.

Dozens of people gathered in driving rain at the end of London Bridge, where a growing mound of flowers sits beside a police cordon.

Manager of the Boro Bistro, Vincent Le Berre told the Brittany news outlet Le Telegramme how his colleague was attacked in a bar near Borough Market.

A minute's silence was held nationwide at 11 a.m. (1000 GMT) to honour all the victims.

The country's official terror threat level remains at "severe", one notch below the highest.

It was lowered once intelligence agencies were comfortable this wasn't the case.

In what it said was an unprecedented move, the Muslim Council of Britain said more than 130 imams and other religious leaders had refused to perform the traditional Islamic funeral prayer for the attackers. Paolo Santalucia contributed from Rome.

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