London Bridge attack: Two of three attackers named
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 13:27
Police and the M15 domestic security agency also acknowledged Monday that they had been aware of one of the three alleged London Bridge attackers, Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, a British citizen born in Pakistan, but they had no specific intelligence to indicate he was plotting a terrorist assault.
Armed police launched further raids in east London as they raced to arrest those with links to the attackers and tie down the full picture of the three men who carried out a vehicle and knife rampage in central London on Saturday night which left seven people dead and almost 50 injured.
Redouane also used the name Rachid Elkhdar, police said. Butt, Redouane and a third man were all shot dead by police within minutes of the attack.
Given the speed with which the attack was ended, it wasn't clear whether having more police on the beat would have prevented it, but questions persisted over whether investigators had the resources to look into such complaints and whether crucial opportunities were missed that could have saved lives.
Security sources in Dublin have said one of the attackers was carrying an identification card issued in the Republic of Ireland when he was shot dead, the Press Association has reported.
Both are from Barking, east London.
The horrific London terror attack of June 3 in which three terrorists wearing stab-proof vests drove a van into pedestrians at 50mph on London Bridge before attacking revellers with hunting knives killing seven and injuring 48 people is a grim reminder that the United Kingdom is in the grip of terror. More than one person was killed during the attacks, according to the BBC.
Ms. May said on Monday that Britain's counter-terrorism operations are fully funded, but London Mayor Sadiq Khan a Labour figure said cuts to police have been draconian. Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the man, who claimed to come from Morocco and was living in the Irish capital with his Scottish wife, was not thought to have been under surveillance. Inquiries are ongoing to confirm the identity of their accomplice, according to a statement by the Metropolitan Police.
Canadian national Chrissy Archibald, 30, is the first victim to be named.
Another 36 men and women are now in hospital, 21 of whom are in a critical condition, according to NHS England.
Scotland Yard said he was known to police and MI5 but there was no intelligence to suggest an attack. The charges the others face remain unclear.
The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
A vigil will be held in central London on Monday evening to remember the victims of the attack. That fact provided a line of attack for Corbyn, who called on May to resign even as he said the best remedy was to vote her out.
In a sign that life in the city was slowly returning to its normal routines, the London Bridge partially reopened to traffic today.