Gardai Questioning A Man With Possible Links To London Attacker
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 3:10
France said earlier on Wednesday that two of its citizens had died when three men drove a van into pedestrians on the bridge before going on a stabbing spree in the nearby Borough Market.
"There are three deaths and eight injuries on the French side", Macron said, deploring the "heavy toll these attacks have taken on us".
Undated handout photos issued by the Metropolitan Police of (left to right) Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba who have been named as the London Bridge terrorists. The next of kin of 45-year-old Xavier Thomas were informed. Echeverria's brother Joaquin told the AP that a diplomatic process had begun for relatives to see the victim's body and to eventually take it back to his native Spain. Witness accounts suggested Thomas might have been thrown into the river, police said.
His girlfriend was struck by the van and seriously injured.
Butt, who was born in Pakistan and moved to Britain as a child, had worked in 2015 in the office at Auriga Holdings Ltd, which manages some Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises in Britain.
Police arrived within a few minutes and the three men believed to be responsible for the attack were killed by the specially trained police.
The announcement comes shortly after authorities recovered a body from the Thames River in east London.
London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, said it was "a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners", but the capital remained the "safest global city" and Londoners would not be cowed by terrorism.
Both Butt and Zaghba were known to British law enforcement, raising questions about whether anything could have been done to prevent the assault.
Speaking to BBC News after the attack, former police inspector John Ramsbottom explained the complex process that authorities are forced to undertake.
Zaghba, an Italian national of Moroccan descent, initially told his mother that he wanted to go to Syria to start a family in a religious Islamic climate not to fight.
A second Italian official said there had been "an absolute interchange of investigative information with the British authorities" in Zaghba's case.
Butt's family said Wednesday they were "shocked and appalled" by his actions.
The attack came just five days before Thursday's general election and has dominated the debate since.
Police have said Redouane was not known to security services. A court later decided there was insufficient evidence to try him and dropped the charges.
Prince Harry has spoken in praise of Australians living in London after two of them were confirmed to have been killed in the van and knife attacks there over the weekend.