British Police Search Address In London Bridge Attack Probe
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 17:13
The trio, wearing fake suicide bomb vests, were shot dead by eight officers outside a pub after police opened fire with an "unprecedented" hail of 50 bullets.
Police identified Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, a Pakistan-born individual who had been previously investigated by MI5 and United Kingdom police and Rachid Redouane, 30, who is believed to be of Moroccan or Libyan origin, as two of the London attackers on Monday night.
But Italy's Corriere della Sera reported that Zaghba had been stopped at Bologna airport in 2016 when trying to fly to Syria via Turkey, and that Italian authorities had identified him as a potential "foreign fighter" and tipped off Britain about his movements.
The police there had found "extremist material" on his mobile phone. The possibility definitely has some Twitterati from the United Kingdom in a tizzy.
He was investigated in 2015 but he was "prioritised in the lower echelons of our investigative work" and there was no evidence of "attack planning", police said.
They were walking over London Bridge when the three assailants in a van mowed down pedestrians on the bridge and then launched a stabbing spree in and around bars in nearby Borough Market. Twelve others, who were arrested on Sunday, were released without charge the following day.
A spate of terror attacks on British soil has moved security into the spotlight ahead of key parliamentary elections slated for Thursday.
A second source said Italian authorities had flagged him up to British authorities after he moved to England a year ago. In particular, there are questions over whether investigators had the resources to look into complaints such as those leveled by Butt's neighbors about his attempts to radicalize children and whether crucial opportunities were missed.
He said: "Khuram, I know he was inspired by one of the sheikhs who was giving lectures on YouTube, and he belonged to one specific sector of Islam which had very rigid and strict views. What happened, how could he possibly be on a Channel 4 programme and be committing atrocities like this?' That is a question that will need to be answered by MI5, by the police, as the investigation goes on".
Australian Sara Zelenak was a victim of the London attack.