London and internet radicalised my son: Attacker's mother

British police say that they believe 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba, an Italian of Moroccan descent, was the third attacker in Saturday's violent rampage in London that killed seven people.

The Italian reports said Zaghba was intercepted at the Bologna airport past year as he was about to board a plane for Turkey, apparently with the intention of joining Islamic State militants in Syria.

Zaghba was said to have been placed on a watch list by Italian authorities and flagged to their Moroccan and British counterparts, but a lack of evidence about his intentions meant his phone and passport were returned, Italian media reported.

His mother is Italian and still lives there.

One of the London Bridge assailants, Khuram Shazad Butt, a 27-year-old Pakistan-born Briton, was known to the police and MI5 intelligence service.

Meanwhile, eighteen people remain in a critical condition and a further 18 are still being treated in hospital after Saturday's attack on London Bridge, British health authorities said on Monday.

Another 36 men and women are now in hospital, 18 of whom are in a critical condition, according to NHS England.

The attack, in which a van was deliberately driven into pedestrians on London Bridge and the three men in the van then ran amok with knives, stabbing passers-by, took place less than two weeks after the bomb attack in Manchester and just over two months after an Islamist attack in Westminster at the heart of Parliament.

Police shot and killed all three of the attackers, who were wearing suicide belts that turned out to be fakes.

Butt had featured in a Channel 4 documentary The Jihadis Next Door, broadcast a year ago. He also used the name Rachid Elkhdar.

A Police officer stands on duty beyond flowers laid at a cordon on Borough High Street, near Borough Market in London on 5 June 2017, as they continue their investigations following the 3 June terror attack.

London and internet radicalised my son: Attacker's mother

'However, there was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned and the investigation had been prioritised accordingly, ' police said in a statement. She had attended Calgary's Mount Royal University where one of her teachers described her as an "academically strong" student who really found a home in her field, working with homeless people. He was a British citizen and had lived in east London for a number of years.

Mimbo said he saw armed police swoop on the flat on Sunday in the hours after the attack.

It is not yet known how the two men named knew each other.

Neumann called Prevent "right in principle" but said Britain had "oversecuritised its anti-radicalisation policy" and thus risked alienating the people who could be its most effective partners.

The Sun quoted a friend of Butt - again using his Abz moniker - as saying he called police about the 27-year-old's extremist views which were said to have been ignited by YouTube videos.

The extremist group Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack.

A spokesman for the National Counter Terrorism Policing headquarter said security around polling stations "is constantly reviewed and updated" by local police forces. Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and others have criticized May for cutting police numbers by roughly 20,000 during her tenure as home secretary.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said Monday that the country needed to rethink police resourcing and strategy.

Christine Archibald, 30, was enjoying a warm spring night with her fiance, Tyler Ferguson, when she was struck by a speeding van that plowed into people strolling on London Bridge.

"It is seeking to project its influence and maintain its relevance by inspiring, encouraging, and - though there does not appear to be evidence of this in the latest United Kingdom plots to date - directing attacks in Europe and elsewhere", he said.

  • Leroy Wright