United Kingdom police name third attacker as new search gets underway
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 14:14
Despite a rapid response to Saturday's deadly attack, which saw armed officers shoot dead all three suspects within eight minutes, opposition parties have called for May's resignation for her cuts to police numbers.
Questions over the extent to which the terror gang were known to security services have been mounting since it was revealed another of the attackers, Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, had been investigated in 2015.
"Now more than ever we need to work together to stop the actions of the mindless few who claim to be acting in the name of Islam".
The London attack follows the May 22 suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena by Salman Abedi - killing 22 people, including children - who was also known to British intelligence services.
- Al-Muhajiroun has been linked to the radicalization of a number of UK-based terrorists over the years including several of those behind a fertilizer bomb plot thwarted in the United Kingdom in 2014.
The mother was quizzed yesterday, when she said she was anxious because her son had not been in touch with her, sources said. One man is still being held.
Police, along with Counter-Terrorism Department and Special Security Branch officials searched the restaurant belonging to Butt's uncle, sources said, adding that the operation was a precautionary measure after the attacker's link to Pakistan was reported by the media.
- Butt "infrequently" attended Jabir bin Zayd Islamic Centre in Barking, that mosque said in a statement. "The tempo is there in a way we haven't seen before", May had said.
In the Saturday night rampage, the attackers first drove a rented van into a crowd and then jumped out and randomly stabbed people they encountered.
Detectives would like to hear from anyone with information about the men, particularly places they may have frequented and their movements in the days and hours before the attack.
A former friend said he had contacted the authorities after becoming concerned about Butt's extremist views. A neighbour told Geo News that he didn't mix much with the local community and was seen often with his kids and wife.
Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane were named on Monday.
2014: "Rachid Redouane" applies for an Irish visa under EU Treaty rights on the basis of marriage to an EU citizen.
Butt's neighbors also said that he had previously worked for a branch of the fast food chain KFC, as well as London transport operator Transport for London (TfL).
Italian news reports said authorities sequestered Zaghba's cell phone and passport when he was stopped at the airport, but that he successfully got them back after a court determined there wasn't enough evidence to accuse him of any terrorism-related crime.
Bologna prosecutor Giuseppe Amato said the warning had been transmitted after Zaghba was intercepted at the city's airport trying to board a plane for Turkey, en route for Syria. Police also found extremist material on his cellphone.
Potentially crucially, a judge ordered that his computer be returned to him before its hard drive could be fully examined for further evidence of Islamist links.
When Zaghba flew to Italy from London in September 2016, he told security handlers who interviewed him that he was settled in London and living with Polish people while working as a cook, according to reports in La Republicca citing security sources.