Police release 12 terror attack suspects without charge

Scotland Yard has named two of the terrorists involved in the London Bridge attack as Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane.

The British police have appealed for information about a French man, Xavier Thomas, who has been missing since the London Bridge attacks on Saturday evening.

Pedestrians were struck by a van on London Bridge before attackers stabbed a police officer and revellers around Borough Market with 12in knives.

Less than two weeks earlier, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert in Manchester by United States singer Ariana Grande.

London police say they can not confirm the identities of people caught up in the attack. At least 12 people were arrested Sunday, including five men and seven women ranging in age from 19 to 60.

The Islamic State terror group, also known as Daesh, has claimed responsibility for the London Bridge rampage, while the attack has sparked fears Britain is in the grip of a spate of copycat incidents.

British police and security services had previously investigated one of the Islamist militants who carried out Saturday's (June 3) attack in London, but with resources scarce, he was not deemed enough of a threat to warrant close monitoring, police said on Monday.

"We were all stuck!" said Marcia Rainford, a 58-year-old who said she was sealed into her building complex with her mother and two children. Mohammed Shafiq of the Manchester-based Ramadhan Foundation, an anti-extremism group, says that he believes he was verbally assaulted by Butt in 2013 - the day after another ALM follower killed Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London.

Butt had appeared in a television documentary called "The Jihadis Next Door", broadcast a year ago by Britain's Channel 4, one of a group of men who unfurled an Islamic State flag in a park.

Asked if he would back calls made by others for May to resign, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told Sky News: "Indeed I would.

Boats from the police marine unit and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution have been searching the river since the attack. The last time he spoke to Butt it wasn't obvious that he had been radicalised. This was an attack on London and the United Kingdom, but it was also an attack on the free world'.

Of the 48 people taken to hospital, 36 are now being cared for in London hospitals with 18 remaining in a critical condition. "A number of people have been detained and are at present being spoken to", the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

Britain will hold a minute's silence for the victims of the London terror attack on Tuesday, just two days before a general election, as questions mount over an assailant who was known to MI5.

Speaking to those gathered, Mayor Sadiq Khan decried the attackers, saying: "You will not win".

Most of the London Underground stations reopened Monday in the neighborhood where the attack took place, allowing life to resume after more than 24 hours of lockdown.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who called the snap election in hopes of strengthening her mandate for discussions over Britain's exit from the European Union, has come under fire for the cuts to police numbers in recent years.

  • Zachary Reyes