Trump state visit 'to go ahead' despite London terror and mayor tweets

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.

Two people in Barking, east London, had also raised concerns about Butt, the BBC's home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani said.

Sadiq Khan has accused Donald Trump of acting like "kids in a playground" over tweets sent in the wake of the London terror attack.

Police on Monday named two of the attackers and said they were trying to identify the third.

The rampage followed a suicide bomb attack which killed 22 adults and children at a concert in Manchester two weeks ago, and an attack in March when five people died after a van was driven into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge.

Attackers on Saturday drove a van into pedestrians on the London Bridge before stabbing others near the city's Borough Market.

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".

As the nation collectively grieves following the third terror attack to hit the country in three months, a minute's silence will be observed on Tuesday at 11am in memory of the victims.

In response to Trump's latest tweet, a spokeswoman for Khan had this to say: "The Mayor is focused on dealing with Saturday's horrific and cowardly attack".

Police said Tuesday he is from east London and his family has been notified.

A French national was also killed in the attack, according to foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Transport for London (TfL) confirmed Butt worked for London Underground for just under six months as a trainee customer services assistant, leaving in October past year.

He said: "I would urge anyone with information about these men, their movements in the days and hours before the attack and the places they frequented to come forward".

A picture published in The Daily Mail reportedly shows him at West Kensington station, wearing an orange high-visibility jacket and blue uniform.

But British Prime Minister Theresa May said Khan was doing a "good job", echoing public sentiment across London. "We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people".

"I could tell you that I was devastated", he told Postmedia.

According to the Scottish Daily Mail, one of the attackers worked on the London Underground even though he had appeared in an extremist documentary while another one kissed his baby goodbye before carrying out the attacks. Police numbers have dropped by roughly 20,000 officers in that time.

Thousands attended a vigil on Monday evening to honour the victims outside London's City Hall, close to London Bridge.

  • Leroy Wright