London terrorist 'flagged by Italian intelligence'

All three men have been taken into custody at a south London police station under the UK's Police and Criminal Evidence Act, the Met said.

Police also carried out raids to several properties in east London on Wednesday and Thursday.

Zaghba was "not a police or MI5 subject of interest", the police said in a statement, but according to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Italian intelligence had tipped off their British counterparts about his presence and frequent travels.

Collina visited her son in London, and "that neighbourhood did not make me feel comfortable", she said.

As detectives searched for clues in Saturday's attack, the investigation continued into last month's Manchester arena suicide bombing that killed 22 people and injured scores.

With cordons lifted around the site of the atrocity, Transport for London were forced to apologise after traffic wardens issued parking tickets to cars trapped in the crime scene since Saturday night. But he changed, she said, when he went to Britain about a year ago and was seduced by radical views propagated on the internet. Another police vehicle arrives at the scene and more officers are seen running to help neutralize the assailants.

Police named Barking as the home of two of the attackers - Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane - while their accomplice Youssef Zaghba was listed as being from east London.

Zaghba was stopped at the airport in Bologna in 2016 when he was trying to get to Syria via Turkey, city prosecutor Giuseppe Amato told broadcaster Radio24 on Tuesday.

Collina said she had spoken to Italy's anti-terrorism police past year after her son was prevented from travelling to the Middle East, and that they were the ones to told her on Tuesday that her son had been one of the men who carried out the attack.

Valeria Collina, a Muslim convert, said she had told Italian airport authorities to detain her son after he was stopped on March 15 past year on his way to Turkey with a one-way ticket.

"Since discovering that it was Rachid that was responsible I have shed many tears for the people caught up in this horrific incident", O'Leary added.

British police hunting for a Frenchman missing since Saturday's attack said earlier that they had found a body in the River Thames.

Separate video published by The Times shows the conspirators meeting in the dead of night on 29 May, five days before the attack.

He said Butt introduced Redouane as his friend and, during the sessions, both were warned of their conduct after wrestling in the water.

If the body is identified as his, he would be an eighth victim. He had even appeared in a TV documentary about extremists entitled The Jihadis next Door.

The arrests came ahead of the general election in which about 46 million eligible voters are expected to cast their ballot to choose between Prime Minister Theresa May and Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn under the looming shadow of the two deadly terror attacks that recently rocked the UK.

  • Leroy Wright