Who was London attacker Khuram Butt?
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 18:14
Butt was one of three terrorists who drove a van through pedestrians on London Bridge before getting out of the vehicle and launching a knife attack in Borough Market on Saturday.
After the ISIS called for attacks in the West in September 2014, the British security services grew increasingly concerned that al-Muhajiroun members, who had remained in the United Kingdom, would carry out terrorist attacks. Seven were killed and almost 50 wounded.
The Daily Record reports that one of the attackers starred in Channel 4 documentary "The Jihadis Next Door" waving an Isis-style flag while two members of the public warned police about his extremism.
He returned to Ireland in 2015, again for an unknown length of time, but Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was not one of a small number of radicals under surveillance.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for Prime Minister Theresa May to resign over Government cuts which left the police with 20,000 fewer officers than in 2010.
In the years after 9/11 the group operated under a variety of guises including Shariah4UK and Muslims against Crusades.
"But all of us that were just praying, we have to stay".
This made it hard for British authorities to find grounds to charge him.
Khurram Butt's ancestors were originally from Kashmir but for economic reasons they moved to Jhelum well before the partition of subcontinent.
At the time of the attack, Butt worked as a receptionist at a fitness center in Ilford, a friend from the gym said.
Realizing a new strategy was necessary and increasingly anxious by the growing threat from ISIS, British officials chose to take a zero tolerance approach to al-Muhajiroun.
One official involved in the effort described it as going after Al Capone for tax evasion. They said Butt was known to police and MI5 in 2015, but there had been no evidence of a plot. These included traffic violations, minor fraud, and petty crime.
According to the British press, he also had an Irish identity document, probably used to hide from the British authorities that he had traveled to Syria for so many times.
Choudary, who was jailed for five-and-a-half years in 2106 after making speeches urging Muslims to support Islamic State, said he was "proud of" one of the men who murdered Fusilier Rigby. Mohammed Rahman, another leading figure in the group, was charged and convicted of the same crimes. Dar, 18, said that intelligence agents were interviewing relatives.
Security sources in Ireland confirmed he married a British woman in Dublin in 2012 and lived in Rathmines, Dublin.
"He or his attack has no connection with Pakistan", police clarified.
- Investigators now believe Manchester attacker Salman Abedi likely built the bomb he set off at Manchester Arena last month. And now Butt, as we know, has gone on to commit an unthinkable act of terror, killing 8 people and injuring over 40.
He said: "What we are also doing though is tackling this particular scourge, this threat from Islamisist nutters and scumbags, and the way to do that is to invest in counter-terrorism and we're putting 30% more, £500 million more into SIS (Secret Intelligence Service), into GCHQ, into MI5, because they are at the front line of that work".