UK police name two London attackers, say one previously known to them
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 15:08
London's Metropolitan Police said Butt was previously known to police and the United Kingdom spy agency, MI5, and was a British citizen born in Pakistan. He had claimed to be both Moroccan and Libyan, according to police. The trigger? A video ISIS posted Saturday calling for followers to attack during the holy month of Ramadan.
The attack left seven people dead, as well as the attackers, and 48 injured. He is expected to survive.
Of the seven women and five men arrested since the attack a man and a woman have subsequently been released.
It is not yet known how the two men named knew each other.
Muslims, police, emergency workers and ordinary commuters were among those who joined the ceremony which took place near the attack site.
Britain's response to the terror threat must change, she said. Three men fled the van with large knives and attacked people at bars and restaurants in nearby Borough Market, police and witnesses said. "Then I heard shooting and I saw an American guy get shot in the head".
The U.S. Embassy and the Metropolitan Police didn't immediately confirm the report.
The raids came the day after police arrested 12 people in Barking in connection with the rampage.
During the chaos on Saturday night, one eyewitness fleeing the scene told Reuters she had seen three people who appeared to have their throats cut.
Britain will hold a minute's silence for the victims of the London terror attack on Tuesday (June 6), just two days before a general election, as questions mount over an assailant who was known to the security services.
NHS England said on Monday that 36 people remained in hospital following the attack.
Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his "no reason to be alarmed" statement.
He sought to end that earlier controversy on Sunday by stating that he backed the "full authority for the police to use whatever force is necessary to protect and save life as they did (at Borough Market), as they did in Westminster in March". The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.
Christine Archibald, a 30-year-old Canadian who had worked in a shelter for the homeless before moving to Europe to be with her fiance, was the first of those who died to be named.
"We grieve the loss of our lovely, loving daughter and sister".
Police said they had to prioritise resources on suspects who were believed to be preparing an attack or providing active support for one.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said a French citizen was also killed. London Bridge train station also reopened. We will defeat you.
"It is time to say enough is enough", she said.
"We need to be smart, vigilant and tough", Trump tweeted out. "Butt called me a "Murtad" which means traitor in Arabic and accused me of being a government stooge when I confronted Anjem Choudhury about him supporting terrorism and my public campaign against Lee Rigby's murder", Shafiq said in a statement Monday.
On March 22, five people were killed in London after Khalid Masood rammed his vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before fatally stabbing a policeman outside Parliament.
But with Britons due to vote in a national election on Thursday, her decision to reduce the number of police officers in England and Wales by nearly 20,000 during her six years as interior minister from 2010 to 2016 shot to the top of the political agenda.
Trump said he had spoken with May to express America's "unwavering support" and offer USA assistance as the British government works to protect its citizens and bring the guilty to justice.