United Kingdom police name two of London attackers
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 16:38
Imagine the shock and terror of people walking across the bridge on Saturday night when they realized the van was hurdling straight for them at 50 miles per hour - the driver determined to hurt or kill as many people as he could. Shortly later, the lifeless bodies of the attackers are seen on the pavement.
The second attacker was named as Rachid Redouane, aged 30, who also went by the identity Rachid Elkhdar and was not known to police.
British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday said the three terrorists responsible for the London attack have been identified and their names would be revealed soon, even as police conducted fresh raids in two more places.
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the brazen attack that started on London Bridge, then continued in the streets surrounding Borough Market. There are 500 current investigations involving 3000 potential suspects.
French President Emmanuel Macron said a third French victim had been identified among those killed in the attack, adding: "We are paying a heavy cost in these attacks".
May referred to the three terror attacks in the United Kingdom during the last three months, saying "we can not deny that the threat from Islamist extremism is one of the gravest we face".
The family of an off-duty police officer, Charlie Guenigault, who has been hailed as a hero for running toward the attackers, praised his bravery and said he would likely do the same again if faced with the same situation.
Two young boys told me he had given them candies and £2 each in a nearby park last week.
Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, when asked by ITV television if he backed calls for May to resign, said: "Indeed I would". She wouldn't say whether authorities were familiar with the men before the attack.
Dick called for a review of the number of police officers, saying: "The threat seems to be changing so we need to look at our strategy, we need to look at our resourcing, we need to look at the techniques we're using". Italian authorities alerted their British counterparts after he bought a one-way ticket to Turkey.
British counter-terrorism investigators searched two homes on Monday and detained "a number" of people in the investigation into a van and knife attack in the heart of London killing seven persons that was claimed by the Islamic State.
One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said he stared angrily whenever he saw women cycling on the estate.
It was lowered once intelligence agencies were comfortable that this wasn't the case.
"All of us pay tribute to the unbelievable work of the police and emergency service", Khan said.
"At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'" Trump tweeted Sunday morning. But she admitted "we must do more-much more-to take on and defeat the evil ideology of Islamist extremism that preaches hatred, sows division, and promotes sectarianism.We must deny it the safe spaces it needs to take root and grow".