Police release all detained over London attack

London police said 27-year-old Khuram Shazad Butt was a British citizen born in Pakistan and Rachid Redouane had claimed both Libyan and Moroccan nationality.

All those detained in relation to Saturday's deadly terror attack in the United Kingdom capital of London were released without charges, the city's Metropolitan Police Service said Tuesday. He was a trainee customer services assistant with London Underground for less than six months, before leaving in October, a Transport for London spokesperson said.

A speeding van mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge before attackers started stabbing people.

Armed police reacted swiftly, killing the attackers within eight minutes with 50 shots.

Hedge, who moved to London past year, had just finished her shift at Elliot's restaurant and was having a drink with her boyfriend when the attack started, Ross Hedge told The Courier Mail of Brisbane.

"When we got into the flat, our hostess said there's been a terror attack on the London Bridge".

Commissioner Rowley said that while counterterrorism had improved recently, police have to make "difficult judgments about how to prioritize the resources available to us at a time when the U.K.is facing a severe and high-tempo terrorist threat". Prime Minister Theresa May has come under fire from her chief political opponent and some in the media for cuts she made to the police force during her time as home secretary.

Labour has promised to recruit more police officers, adding to neighbourhood security that it sees as an essential element for counter-terror strategies.

Authorities also faced scrutiny over what they knew about the alleged perpetrators of the attack.

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bish said three Australians have been injured in the knife attacks. Yesterday, the mayor told Londoners there's no reason to be alarmed by the increased police presence in the city.

Meanwhile, the attack - carried out by a trio of assailants who used a rented van to ram pedestrians on the bridge, then jumped out with long knives and slashed bar and restaurant patrons in an adjoining nightlife district - moved to the forefront of this week's general elections.

Pressure on May intensified Monday, when at a campaign event she faced a volley of journalists' questions over police cuts.

But May defended her government's stance on the issue, saying that her Conservative government had protected police budgets. While urging Londoners to remain calm, the city's first Muslim mayor said he was "angry and furious" that the terrorists "are seeking to justify their actions by using the faith I belong to".

Cops could be heard ordering: "Stand up, show us your hands".

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labor Party, when asked by a reporter if he would support calls for May's resignation over the falling number of police officers, replied, "Indeed, I would".

Of the 48 people taken to the hospital following the violence that started on London Bridge and continued in Borough Market, officials said Monday that "36 are now being cared for in London hospitals with 18 remaining in a critical condition".

On Monday evening in London, a massive crowd gathered at Potters Fields Park, adjacent to London Bridge, to hold a vigil and pay tribute to those slain and the survivors of the attack.

One of the men believed to have carried out a deadly weekend attack in central London was a known radical Islamist who was filmed unfurling a black flag resembling the one used by the Islamic State group and raised the suspicion of a neighbor after allegedly trying to lure local youngsters to join his jihadist campaign.

The SITE Intelligence Group said on Sunday ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

Butt "infrequently" attended Jabir bin Zayd Islamic Centre in Barking, that mosque said.

  • Leroy Wright