Three men arrested in connection with London attack

This is undated three photo combo handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police on Tuesday June 6, 2017 of Khuram Shazad Butt, left, Rachid Redouane, centre and Youssef Zaghba who have been named as the suspects in Saturday's attack at London Bridge.

Last year, Zaghba was stopped at the airport in Bologna on his way to Istanbul and was put on an EU-wide database but was not prosecuted.

The authorities have said Butt was known to police and the domestic security service MI5 but there was no intelligence that an attack was being planned.

Earlier police, who were hunting for 45-year-old Frenchman Xavier Thomas, missing since the attack, said that they had found a body in the River Thames.

The current death toll stands at seven people after three assailants wearing fake suicide vests mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge and launched a stabbing spree in bars in nearby Borough Market.

In the Saturday night rampage, the attackers first drove a rented van into a crowd and then jumped out and randomly stabbed people they encountered.

We have had three horrific attacks and we have foiled five others. Butt was a trainee customer services assistant on the London Underground and had appeared in the Channel 4 documentary The Jihadist Next Door, in which he was shown unveiling an Isis flag in a London park.

Police said yesterday that "a number" of other people have been detained, but no details were provided.

A group of 130 imams and religious leaders have refused to perform the traditional Islamic funeral prayer for the London Bridge attackers.

Among those also in custody are a 27-year-old man and 29-year-old man, both from Ilford, who were arrested on Wednesday night on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts.

British police released new details Tuesday on the deadly London Bridge attack, naming the third attacker and identifying another victim.

The prosecutor said Italy had lacked the evidence to prosecute Zaghba, but had warned Britain about him. In a letter posted outside his gym, the Ummah Fitness Centre said staff would "help the police in any way we can".

  • Zachary Reyes