London attack: Who were the attackers?

Khuram Shazad Butt, named Monday as one of the three London attackers, was known to Britain's MI5 intelligence service and even featured in a documentary entitled "The Jihadis Next Door".

Butt was a British citizen who was born in Pakistan, London's Metropolitan Police said.

British authorities have now identified two of the three men behind Saturday night's brutal rampage at London Bridge - and are investigating whether others were involved. He and Butt lived in Barking in east London.

This follows the terror attack at London Bridge and Borough Market, central London, where seven people were killed and three assailants were shot dead by police.

Despite a rapid response to Saturday's deadly attack, which saw armed officers shoot dead all three suspects within eight minutes, opposition parties have called for May's resignation for her cuts to police numbers.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group claimed responsibility for the attack.

It had been set at "critical" in the days after the Manchester concert bombing on May 22 that killed 22 people - reflecting a judgment that an attack might be imminent because accomplices with similar bombs might be on the loose.

A man who says he knew one of the attackers has claimed he reported him to the anti-terror hotline two years ago.

British counterterrorism investigators searched two homes Monday and detained "a number" of people in the investigation into a van and knife attack in the heart of London that left seven people dead. The police have not yet been able to identify the third man. The department adds that while Butt "was known to the police and MI5", the agencies had no reason to believe he was involved in planning the attack.

The narrowing in the polls started before the Manchester and London attacks and appeared to be largely linked to an unpopular policy announcement regarding care for the elderly.

He appeared in a Channel 4 documentary entitled "The Jihadis Next Door" about British extremists that was broadcast previous year, British media reported.

Asked if that had been a poor decision, Mr Rowley said he had seen nothing yet to suggest it, according to the BBC's home affairs correspondent, Danny Shaw.

Among those stabbed was a British Transport Police officer, who was one of the first responders on the scene and received injuries to his face. "One whole day", she said.

Imams and religious leaders from across the country and a range of schools of thought came together to issue a public statement condemning the recent terror attack in London and conveying their pain at the suffering of the victims and their families. "That this should happen in this month of Ramadan, when many Muslims were praying and fasting only goes to show that these people respect neither life nor faith" said the organization's Secretary General, Harun Khan. "One of them had been reported to police because of his extremist views and may have previously been confronted by officers".

  • Zachary Reyes