Police arrest east London man in connection with bridge attacks

The other two attackers were identified as Khurum Butt, a 27-year-old whose extremist views had been reported to police, and 30-year-old Rachid Redouane, also known as Rachid Elkhdar, a Moroccan pastry chef.

Cops carried out the raids after three terrorists killed seven people and injured 48 in London Bridge and in nearby Borough Market on Saturday.

Butt had been a key player in terrorist group al-Muhajiroun since at least 2009 and had been mentioned in an Federal Bureau of Investigation report in 2015, the paper reported.

Two men were arrested by armed police on a street in Ilford, east London.

The French couple, who were visiting London for the weekend, were walking south over London Bridge around the time the attack started, according to police.

Three more people were arrested Wednesday in connection with the attack, British police said.

"I feel like I did what any other person would have done".

"I'm so sorry I couldn't do more and I want you to know I did everything I could".

She said her son was under surveillance when he was in Italy and questioned why this was not the case in the UK. They said they were unaware of the other two men.

"It is a terrible thing, something that should not happen", she said.

Saturday's attack - the third in three months in which the majority of the suspects had been on the radar of security officials - has prompted Prime Minister Theresa May to call for tougher counterterrorism laws even if it means changing human rights protections.

"From around 10pm, officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, supported by firearms officers, arrested two men on a street in Ilford, a third was arrested after a warrant was carried out at a residential address in the same borough". Twelve were released without charge and nine remain in custody.

On Wednesday, police searching for French national Xavier Thomas, 45, said they had recovered a body from the Thames, bringing the death toll to eight.

Butt had appeared in a Channel 4 documentary The Jihadis Next Door, broadcast past year.

Their comments came not long after Charisse O'Leary, the former wife of fellow jihadist Rachid Redouane, blasted the trio in a statement of her own.

Security measures were heightened on Thursday as millions headed out to vote in the general election.

  • Zachary Reyes