Pakistani born British citizen named as one of the London attackers

British counter-terrorism investigators searched two homes on Monday and detained "a number" of people in the investigation into a van and knife attack in the heart of London killing seven persons that was claimed by the Islamic State.

Saturday's 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.

As the British nation stood still in a sign of respect to the victims of the latest terrorist attack in London on Tuesday, security issues are now the focus of United Kingdom election campaigning with only two days remaining before the June 8 snap poll.

The 27-year-old British citizen, who was born in Pakistan, was known to the police and MI5 and was the subject of an investigation in 2015. Rachid Redouane, 30...had claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan. "The police and our partners are doing everything we can across the country to help prevent further attacks and protect the public from harm". Rachid Redouane was named as the second attacked and inquiries are ongoing to identify the third attacker. The name of the third jihadist who carried out the attack has not been released.

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".

The Met Police said the identities of the three men directly responsible for the attacks will be released "as soon as operationally possible", with officers trying to establish if they were part of a wider network.

"We saw injured people on the road, injured people on the pavement", he said. Both men were from Barking, in East London, London's Metropolitan Police said. We'd also like to commend the reaction of our businesses. Seven people were killed and dozens injured.

One of the London attack accused, Khurram Shazad Butt, had appeared in a 2016 British television documentary called The Jihadis Next Door, The Washington Post reported. The three assailants were later shot by the police. "I'm sure the police will look into what they knew, what they could have done, what they did do and if anything could have been done differently", Khan told the BBC. Al-Muhajiroun has also been linked to Michael Adebolajo, one of the men convicted of slaying British soldier Lee Rigby near a military barracks in southeast London in 2013.

  • Leroy Wright