Third London Bridge attacker named
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 16:53
Ms Collina said her son, whose father is Moroccan, had become radicalised during the previous year while living in London.
Youssef Zaghba is said to have told Italian police "I'm going to be a terrorist" when he was stopped trying to travel to Syria past year. "He just kept saying, I have to do this for my family. And this happened in England".
The attack left seven people dead and dozens wounded before police shot dead the three attackers, who wore fake suicide vests. The other two attackers were Pakistan-born Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane. They've also searched six properties, officials said. He was also stopped at London's Stansted airport in January, but let go.
"The police and our partners are doing everything we can across the country to help prevent further attacks and protect the public from harm", Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said in a statement.
Collina said she told her son, "At this point you should be flawless". Collina says she told them to detain Zaghba and prohibit him from going. Authorities said he aroused suspicion because he tried to board a flight to Turkey with a one-way ticket and a small backpack.
His passport and cellphone were seized, but he got them back after a court determined there wasn't enough evidence to arrest him.
When asked by authorities about his intentions, Amato said, Zaghba initially replied that he was leaving to become "a terrorist". She said she told her son to be careful about anything he did after that, including surfing the internet, adding that she didn't approve of his London friends and never felt comfortable in his London neighbourhood.
"It is a awful thing, something that should not happen", she said.
A British government official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the investigation confirmed the details of the Italian report, and said the man had not been considered a "person of interest", meaning they had no reason to think he was violent or planning an attack. KFC spokeswoman Jules Pars said Wednesday that Butt worked there in 2015.
London police carried out more raids and detained "a number" of people during searches at locations in the Newham and Barking areas.
In a statement Tuesday, British authorities said Zaghba was "not a police or MI5 subject of interest", referring to the British intelligence service. "One of the arrested men and one of the women were subsequently released". However, his 2012 marriage to Charisse O'Leary, a British citizen, allowed him a European Union identity card that granted him easy travel between Britain and Ireland. Echeverria's younger sister Isabel - the one he stayed with when he first arrived - is among them, her family said. "My thoughts and efforts now are with trying to bring up my daughter with the knowledge that someday I will have to try and explain to her why her father did what he did". Redouane had claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan.
According to the reports, the British and Moroccan secret services were notified of Zaghba's status as a potential militant.
Saturday's attack - the third in three months in which suspects had been on the radar of security officials - has prompted Prime Minister Theresa May to call for tougher counterterrorism laws even if it means changing human rights protections.