United Kingdom police name third man behind London terror attack

London's Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command Tuesday afternoon released the name of the third attacker shot dead by police following the terrorist attacks on London Bridge and at Borough Market on Saturday.

The rampage followed a suicide bomb attack which killed 22 adults and children at a concert in Manchester two weeks ago, and an attack in March when five people died after a van was driven into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge.

All three men involved in the attack were confronted and shot dead by armed officers within eight minutes of the first call.

Tom Elvidge, general manager of Uber in London, said: "Our hearts go out to everybody affected by yet another horrific attack on our city".

Known locally as "Abz", he was a father to a toddler and baby and a keen gym-goer and weightlifter, neighbours said. He had stayed at the residence of his uncle Shahid Rasul Dar. "This has destroyed our family's pride". In the film, Butt is seen posing next to the Islamic State group flag in Regent's Park in London and was later detained by the police. The men were followers of Anjem Choudary, a preacher who was jailed for his support of the Islamic State and who once praised the September 11 attackers.

Neighbors described Butt as an avid weightlifter and Transport for London confirmed he worked for London Underground in customer service before leaving last October.

Butt used to work for a company in 2012 that manages Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets.

Both Butt and Zaghba were known to British law enforcement, raising questions about whether anything could have been done to prevent the assault. "That's where the question of resources comes into play".

The other attacker was identified as 30-year-old Moroccan-Libyan Rachid Redouane, who also used the name Rachid Elkhdar.

Before holding a minute's silence, Khan, the first Muslim to be elected mayor of a major Western European city, said: "I want to send a clear message to the sick and evil extremists who commit these disgusting crimes". The couple is thought to have split. Twelve were later released. He was born in Pakistan in 1990, but was a British citizen, BBC reported. British officials declined to comment on why his asylum request was denied.

A met spokesman said Zaghba is believed to be an Italian national of Moroccan descent.

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.

Mimbo said Butt had grown a longer beard and worn traditional Islamic dress more often over the two years he had known him, but showed no sign of radicalisation.

Authorities are facing pressure to detail whether an alert was flagged about Zaghba when he came into the United Kingdom and whether he was stopped at the border.

After that, Amato said, any time Zaghba was in Italy, he was always tracked by Italian intelligence officers.

"We did everything we could do", he said. "But there weren't elements of proof that he was a terrorist. He was someone who was suspicious because of his way of behaving".

Over the past two years, Italy has expelled 181 people who were suspected of extremist activities but for whom there was insufficient evidence to bring formal charges. "You will not win", Khan said to applause. She said she tried to keep him away from radical friends, but "he had the internet and from there he got everything".

The Conservative Party's lead over Labour has narrowed markedly from 20 points or more when May called the election in April to a range between one and 12 points now, although the Conservatives are still widely expected to win a majority.

The country's official terror threat level remains at "severe", one notch down from the highest.

  • Zachary Reyes