Third London Bridge attacker named

Jun 08, 2017, 02:06
Third London Bridge attacker named

Counter-terror agencies are already facing intense scrutiny after it was revealed another member of the terror gang, Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, had been known to security services. During the attack, seven people were killed and dozens more were wounded.

Zaghba was stopped at the Bologna airport by Italian airport police in March 2016 as he was trying to board a plane bound for Istanbul. He was allegedly on his way to Syria and was carrying only a backpack. Company officials said they had no evidence that either of the other attackers worked at any of the franchises.

There has been no official comment on the Italian reports from United Kingdom authorities, but Scotland Yard said Zaghba was not a police or MI5 "subject of interest".

Zaghba was reportedly working in a London restaurant and had not been seen in Italy since 2016.

The police said: "He is believed to be an Italian national of Moroccan descent".

Both lived in the Barking area of East London, only a half-hour's drive from London Bridge and Borough Market - the adjacent areas where victims were targeted Saturday night.

London Metropolitan Police said on Tuesday that Zaghba was not a police or M15 subject of interest.

Amaq, an outlet affiliated with the Islamic State group, said the attacks were carried out by "a detachment of fighters from Islamic State".

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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.

Questions have swirled over why police were unable to do anything about Butt. Last night, and Met Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said there was "no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned.the investigation had been prioritised accordingly".

Bologna's prosecutor Giuseppe Amato told Italian media that his office closed the case since there was "no evidence that he was a terrorist", and that Zaghba had only exhibited "suspicious behaviors".

"As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life", they said in a statement.

Michael Mimbo, 25, said the suspected attacker was nicknamed "Abz" at the local gym where he worked out regularly.

Neighbors described Butt as an avid weightlifter. London police have not confirmed the name.

Police responded to the incident within minutes and shot dead the three assailants.

As these details have emerged, Prime Minister Theresa May has faced questions about her record overseeing cuts to police numbers when she was interior minister.

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The latest opinion poll on voting intentions, by Survation for ITV, had the Conservatives' lead over Labour narrowing to just one point from six points in the same poll a week earlier.

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.

A number of barriers on various bridges have been installed by London officials since the attack to protect pedestrians.

Commuters walk across London Bridge, with new security barriers, after work in London, Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

Transport for London, which oversees the capital's transport network, has advised commuters to make alternative journeys as the station will be busy.

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

Salman Abedi, the man behind the Manchester bombing last month, also had Libyan connections.

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

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The other two attackers were identified as Khurum Butt, a 27-year-old whose extremist views had been reported to police, and 30-year-old Rachid Redouane, also known as Rachid Elkhdar, a Moroccan pastry chef.

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