Police seeking London attack victim find body in Thames

British police on Tuesday named the third London Bridge attacker as an Italian national of Moroccan descent, and Italian officials said they had passed on their concerns about him to British intelligence officials previous year.

Two of the men were arrested during an operation on a street in Ilford, east London.

He is thought to be 45-year-old Xavier Thomas, who was in London for the weekend with his girlfriend.

Police have previously said eight officers who rushed to scene fired about 50 rounds, killing the three attackers.

Counter-terror agencies are already facing intense scrutiny after it was revealed Butt had been known to security services.

Zaghba, the son of an Italian mother and Moroccan father, was arrested at Bologna airport on March 15 past year carrying a one-way ticket to Istanbul and a small rucksack.

An official at the Bologna chief prosecutor's office said Zaghba was stopped at the city's airport after arriving on a flight from London 2016. They said they were unaware of the other two men.

"Echeverría, who is from Madrid but lives in London and works for HSBC, has been hailed as a hero for apparently using his skateboard to take on the London Bridge attackers".

Police early Wednesday arrested a 30-year-old man in east London in connection to the attack and are searching his home. Twelve people who were arrested Sunday in Barking have been released without charge. He was carrying an electronic device with Islamic State propaganda, they said.

Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera reported that he was born in Fez in January 1995 to a Moroccan father and an Italian mother. "That is a question that will need to be answered by MI5, by the police, as the investigation goes on", he said.

Redouane, a Moroccan pastry chef who had married a British woman and lived in Ireland for some time, was the only one of the three attackers who had not come onto British security's radar.

Attackers Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba wore the belts when they mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge then stabbed people in nearby Borough Market on June 3.

The attack, which left a further 21 people critically injured, ended when police shot and killed the three attackers.

"They were walking south over London Bridge at around the time the attack started", police said.

Police are still appealing for witnesses as they piece together details of the attack.

  • Leroy Wright