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Metropolitan Police on Monday identified the third man believed to have launched the attack on London Bridge as Youssef Zaghba, a 22-year-old Italian national of Moroccan descent.

The latest arrest comes as the city works to recover from the brutal attack in which the three armed men rammed a van into a crowd of pedestrians on London Bridge and fatally stabbed seven people at nearby Borough Market.

But Monday evening, police said they had released without charge the seven women and five men ages 19 to 60 who were arrested at two addresses in Barking.

Butt was known to the police and MI5, but, police said, "there was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned and the investigation had been prioritised accordingly".

Butt's involvement in Saturday's terror attack has added to the scrutiny faced by the security services which also failed to stop Salman Abedi from killing 22 people in a suicide bomb attack in Manchester nearly two weeks before the latest London attack.

Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain must do "more, much more" to fight Islamist extremism.

The attacker with the fake bomb vest was identified by his neighbors as Pakistani, a father of two, one of his sons not yet born.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the attack saying, "There is no justification whatsoever for such barbaric acts".

A 27-year-old was detained on terrorism charges while the second, 33, was arrested on drugs charges.

"A very high priority for us is to try to understand whether they were working with anybody else", London police chief Cressida Dick told BBC television. Others who had been arrested were released without being charged. "The attack, the third in Britain in three months, has raised questions over the government's ability to protect Britain following cuts to police numbers in recent years".

Fresh arrests have been made in the investigation into the London Bridge attack, including two men who were held in a swoop by armed officers.

The body was recovered near Limehouse, downstream of London Bridge, at around 7.45pm on Tuesday by specialist officers from the marine police unit.

She saw police helicopters, boats and cars speed pass her toward the London Bridge and Borough Market.

Police have arrested at least 13 people in connection to the attack. "We did not know him well, his name was not known to us, it has been brought to our attention that some years ago after interrupting a Friday sermon he was asked to leave the mosque", the statement said.

  • Carolyn Briggs