Police announce new arrest linked to London Bridge attack
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 16:55
The officer's comments come as the last of the eight victims of the attack at London Bridge and Borough Market were identified when police searching for the missing Frenchman Xavier Thomas recovered a body from the Thames.
The vehicle and knife attack launched by three men in the London Bridge area Saturday night that killed seven people and injured dozens is shaping the final days of an election campaign, focusing attention on May before Thursday's vote.
The newspaper said he had been arrested at Bologna airport in March 2016 as he tried to catch a flight to Turkey and then travel to Syria.
A second Italian official said there had been "an absolute interchange of investigative information with the British authorities" in Zaghba's case.
There has been no official comment on the reports from United Kingdom authorities, but Scotland Yard said Zaghba was not a police or MI5 "subject of interest".
Italy has expelled more than 40 people in the past two years who were suspected of radicalization activities but for whom there was insufficient evidence to bring formal charges.
Police continue to search the Ilford home and a business in Ilford as well, authorities said.
The accused however are not connected to the 1 June attack in the United Kingdom capital that left eight people dead, the police said on Thursday.
The self-styled "Islamic State" (IS) militant group claimed responsibility for the attack on Sunday. But questions still remain 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 that could have saved lives.
The Metropolitan Police say the body was found Tuesday downstream from the bridge.
Neighbors described Butt as an avid weightlifter.
Butt's neighbors described him to The Independent as a "family man" who appeared to have worked a series of short-term jobs.
Khuram Shazad Butt was 27 and a British citizen born in Pakistan, police said in a statement. The latest opinion poll, by Survation for ITV, had the Conservatives' lead over Labor narrowing to just one point from six points in the same poll a week earlier.
"He is thought to have been skateboarding in a park when he stopped to defend a woman who had been injured in the attack near Borough Market".