Police identifies third attacker of London attack
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 5:40
Italian media reported that officials suspected he was bound for Syria and that Italian authorities had alerted their British counterparts about his movements.
Zoghba was born in the Moroccan city of Fez in January 1995.
A CNN report has since claimed that he was on the watchlist of Italy after being "stopped at the Bologna airport by Italian airport police in March 2016 as he was trying to board a plane bound for Istanbul".
Italian intelligence officials reportedly communicated this to their United Kingdom counterparts.
"We are making inquiries and when we are able to confirm the name we will", a spokesman said.
Saturday night's rampage, in which Butt, Zaghba and Rachid Redouane drove into pedestrians on London Bridge before slitting throats and stabbing people in the bustling Borough Market area, was Britain's third Islamist attack in as many months.
"A 27-year-old man was arrested under the Terrorism Act at approximately 8:05 am (0705 GMT)", the police said, adding that the arrest took place in Barking, the east London suburb that has been the focus of police raids since Saturday's attack.
"The deceased's family have been informed".
The youngest of the attackers, an Italian national of Moroccan descent, he was allowed to enter the United Kingdom and had been living in east London.
Both the relatives of Khuram Butt and the ex-partner of Rachid Redouane distanced themselves from the extremists, saying the atrocity had left them shocked. Police ask any other witnesses who were on the bridge or who have seen Thomas to contact them. The search in Ilford, just north of Barking, is seeking to determine whether the group had accomplices. Nobody has been detained at that location.
It was not immediately clear how the three knew each other, but Collina said one of her son's friends recognized one of the other attackers, though it wasn't clear which one that was.
"We did not have the elements to prove that he was a terrorist".
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson acknowledged the police and MI5 will face questions.
"We can't charge people simply because they visit certain internet sites", he said.
"I can't answer that question now".
She said: "I can understand from my own personal tragedy".
He later clarified: "I think we should vote on Thursday to decide who our MPs are and who are government is going to be ..."
London's Metropolitan Police Service said Zaghba was not a "person of interest" before the attack.
"Additionally, there are around 20,000 individuals who are former subjects of interest, whose risk remains subject to review by MI5 and its partners".
Neighbours described Butt as an avid weightlifter and Transport for London confirmed he worked for London Underground in customer service before leaving last October.
Several people had alerted police to Butt's extremist views and he also appeared a year ago in a documentary, "The Jihadis Next Door", in which he is shown unfurling a black-and-white flag associated with the Islamic State group. He married a British woman in Dublin in 2012 and lived in Rathmines in the Irish capital.
Redouane, 30, was a chef who also used the name Rachid Elkhdar and police said he claimed to be Moroccan-Libyan.
The death toll from the London Bridge terror attack has risen to eight after police searching for a French man missing since Saturday recovered a body from the River Thames. All three of the attackers were shot dead by police.
Of the 48 people taken to hospital, 36 are now being cared for in London hospitals with 18 remaining in a critical condition.
A nationwide minute of silence was held at 11 a.m. (1000 GMT) to honour all the victims.