Pakistani-Origin British Man Among Two Attackers Identified In London Attack

Andrew Cummings
June 12, 2017

Met Police said: 'All three were arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism offences under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Searches were underway at the residential property and a business address in Ilford, the latest in a series of raids since the weekend assault.

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: "Formal identification has not yet taken place, however Mr Thomas's next of kin have been informed of this development". Security had become a battleground issue ahead of Thursday's general election following the Manchester bombing last month, in which 22 people were killed as they left an Ariana Grande concert.

It was the third terrorist attack in the United Kingdom in as many months, and came less than two weeks after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert in Manchester.

"They were walking south over London Bridge at around the time the attack started", police said.

In the footage, which was confirmed to be legitimate by the Metropolitan Police Service, a man can be seen fleeing one of the terrorists, who is swinging a knife at him.

Separately, police investigating the London Bridge attack made three arrests in Ilford, also in east London, late Wednesday.

'Searches at the addresses are ongoing'.

It brings the total number of people in custody to five.

They drove into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing people in Borough Market on Saturday night. Twelve were released without charge and nine remain in custody.

Footage seen by the Times showed the three terrorists, Butt, Rachid Redouane and Zaghba, meeting outside a gym in Barking, East London, days before the attack.

Butt, 27, was a British citizen born in Pakistan who was known to security services, while Italian authorities said they warned the United Kingdom that 22-year-old Zaghba was a "possible suspect".

"They believe two of the men are Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane, both from Barking, east London".

Abedi killed 22 people and wounded more than 100 when he detonated a bomb at the crowded Manchester Arena, where USA pop star Ariana Grande had been performing.

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