London terror attacks: Who were the attackers?

Valeria Khadija Collina last spoke with her 22-year-old son, Youssef Zaghba, by telephone just two days before he and two other men plowed a van into a crowd near London Bridge and went on stabbing rampage.

Citing intelligence sources, Italian dailies Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica said Zaghba was met at the Bologna airport by Italian intelligence agents each time he arrived in Italy to visit his mother after his initial run-in with Bologna airport authorities on March 15, 2016.

Boden was among seven people killed in the Saturday night attacks.

All 12 people arrested on Sunday after the London attack have now been released without charge. The attackers were shot by police on the scene.

"The police at the airport called saying, "Do you know your son is going to Istanbul?"

According to The Telegraph newspaper, in 2016, the Italian police caught Youseff Zaghba in Bologna airport as he was trying to travel to Syria and learned from the man that he was going to be a terrorist.

"It is a awful thing, something that should not happen", she said. "But we are searching the homes of any relatives connected to him and we are tracing all telephone calls made by family members", the official said. He was known locally as "Abs/z" and was identified by neighbours as the terrorist in a photo.Butt was father to a toddler and baby and a keen gym-goer and weightlifter, neighbours said.

Zaghba, an Italian national of Moroccan descent, was the youngest of the attackers and was allowed to enter the United Kingdom and had been living in east London before Saturday's attack. But he successfully got them back after a court determined there wasn't enough evidence to arrest him.

As details about the jihadists have emerged, Prime Minister Theresa May has faced questions about her record overseeing cuts to police numbers when she was home secretary.

He had notably featured in a Channel 4 television documentary entitled "The Jihadis Next Door" and, according to the British media, numerous people alarmed by his views had gone to the authorities.

"The British police and the MI5 began investigating Butt intensively as part of a major drive to dismantle and destabilise al-Muhajiroun, a grouping of extremists in the U.K. supportive of the ISIS", U.K. counter-terrorism officials told CNN.

The mother of alleged London terrorist Youssef Zaghba is speaking out and blaming her son's radicalization on the internet and his recent move to Britain.

The disclosure means that perpetrators in all three of the terrorist outrages to hit Britain this year had at some point appeared on the radar of authorities.

May's comments came ahead of Thursday's general election, with the campaign dominated by security issues.

Associated Press writers Paisley Dodds and Raphael Satter reported this story in London and AP writer Kathy Gannon reported from Pakistan.

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