London attackers named by police as profiles emerge

Cheryl Sanders
June 6, 2017

MailOnline reported that Butt was thrown out of the Jabir Bin Zayd mosque in Barking after interrupting a sermon to say that voting in the general election was "un-Islamic".

The Amaq news agency, which is affiliated with the IS group, said the attacks were carried out by "a detachment of fighters from Islamic State". He said the vehicle was seen going the wrong way down a one-way street and was later seen speeding off, followed closely by a small red auto.

The police statement noted that "Butt, 27....was a British citizen who was born in Pakistan".

They said he also went by the identity Rachid Elkhdar. One of the dead attackers has been pictured wearing an Arsenal shirt.

All three were ultimately shot and killed by police.

Trump's tweet renews his mischaracterization of Khan's statement to London residents following a vehicle and knife attack that left seven people dead and dozens injured.

British Prime Minister Theresa May was among those who came to Khan's defence, though she declined to criticise Trump over the row.

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

May said she thought London Mayor Sadiq Khan was doing "a great job".

"What they miss, in cutting numbers of police on the beat, as it were, is that community intelligence", Clarke told the BBC.

May said she has protected police budgets and increased the number of armed officers and matched Corbyn's finger-pointing with some of her own, saying her opponent wasn't fit to safeguard Britain at a time of heightened threat.

"We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are", she said, adding there was "far too much tolerance of extremism in our country". He has said cuts in the number of police officers have had an impact on the ability to prevent attacks.

Police in Ireland are investigating, and have been trying to establish whether he travelled to Syria. The police suspect his wife is now in custody in Britain, it said.

"There are 500 current terrorism investigations, involving 3000 current subjects of interest", Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said on Monday (local time).

Some 20,000 other suspects, however, are on the periphery, according to the sources.

Security had already become a key election issue following the Manchester bombing last month, in which 22 people were killed as they left an Ariana Grande concert.

May has said the three attacks - including one outside Parliament in March - weren't connected in any operational sense but were linked by what she called the "perverted ideology" of extremist Islam.

Most of the London Underground stations reopened Monday in the neighborhood where the attack took place, allowing normal life and commerce to resume after more than 24 hours of lockdown.

Dick said Monday the attack was "ghastly", but that Londoners are pulling together and refusing to be cowed by extremists.

Chartered accountant Usman Saifi, 36, of Putney, south west London, was among a group of Muslims who mingled with the crowd wear bold blue t-shirts which read I Am A Muslim Ask Me Anything. During the USA presidential election campaign, Khan was among many people who spoke out against Trump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States, an idea he said would play into the hands of extremists.

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