London Bridge terrorist Khuram Butt was fervent supporter of IS, relative says

Cheryl Sanders
June 10, 2017

His name had also been flagged in 2015 by F.B.I. informant Jesse Morton who told authorities he had met Butt in an extremist internet chat room used by Anjem Choudary, one of Europe's most prolific hate preachers who was jailed previous year for his support of Daesh, also known as ISIS or ISIL, according to a British government official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the ongoing attack investigation.

Both Butt and Zaghba were known to British law enforcement, raising questions about whether anything could have been done to prevent the assault.

Police also released photos of the van the attackers used to mow down people on the bridge. There were three Frenchmen, two Australian women, one Canadian woman, one Spanish man and one British man.

Butt, 27, and his two accomplices, Rachid Redouane, 30, who claimed to be Moroccan-Libyan, and Youssef Zaghba, a 22-year-old Italian national of Moroccan descent, all died in the attack.

London's Borough Market remained sealed off Thursday, four days after attackers drove a rental van into a crowd and went on a stabbing rampage.

The attack began with the van driving back along the pavements of the bridge, running down three pedestrians before crashing outside the Barrowboy and Banker pub opposite London Bridge station, it said.

On Wednesday, 27-year-old Butt's family said they were "shocked and appalled" by his actions. But he changed, she said, when he went to Britain about a year ago and was seduced by radical views propagated on the internet.

The Metropolitan Police said the men had rented a flat in Barking to use it as a safe house.

"Certainly with Abedi in Manchester and Butt now, it looks as if there were some indications that on the face of it may have been missed and I think that will be a great concern", Clarke added.

Company officials said they had no evidence that either of the other attackers worked at any of the franchises.

"We are paying a heavy cost in these attacks", Macron said.

"We won't let them win and London will carry on", she said. All others who had been arrested have been released without facing charges.

Although news of her son's death came as a shock, she said she could only share the pain of the victims' families.

Butt, who also used the name Abdul Zaitun, appeared in a 2016 documentary called "The Jihadis Next Door", which told the story of Abu Rumaysah, the Londoner who has appeared in recent ISIS propaganda.

"According to him IS, whatever they are doing killing innocent people, he says it is quite justified".

Eighteen are still in critical condition, according to health authorities.

Meanwhile, nearly a week on from the atrocity, detectives have made their 20th arrest.

Material tethered to one hilt is shown saturated with blood and was apparently designed so killer Khuram Butt could strap it to his wrist, commander Dean Haydon said.

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