London Bridge attack: This was not for Allah

Police searching for a Frenchman missing since Saturday's attack on London Bridge say they have recovered a body from the River Thames, potentially taking the death toll to eight.

Pakistan-born Khuram Butt, 27, and Rachid Redouane, 30, both from Barking, were the other two attackers.

James McMullan, 32, from Hackney, Canadian Christine Archibald, 30, Australian nurse Kirsty Boden, 28, and Alexandre Pigeard, 27, have already been named among the dead.

U.K. Metropolitan police, however, indicated in their statement that Zaghba was not a "subject of interest" before the attack.

Thomas, a French tourist to Britain, was found on Tuesday night in the water near Limehouse, East London by the Metropolitan Police, a spokesman for the police said Wednesday.

Three people have been arrested in connection with London's weekend terrorist attack which left eight people dead.

A Moroccan-Italian dual national, it has emerged he had tried to join the Islamic State group in Syria past year and was notified to Britain as a suspect figure after being intercepted by Italian authorities.

British police named Moroccan-Italian Youssef Zaghba, 22, as one of the perpetrators of the June 3 attack, the third carried out by Islamists in Britain in as many months.

He said Zaghba was always tracked by Italian intelligence officers while in the country and that United Kingdom authorities were informed. A CNN report has since claimed that he was on the watchlist of Italy after being "stopped at the Bologna airport by Italian airport police in March 2016 as he was trying to board a plane bound for Istanbul".

Zaghba reportedly said "I'm going to be a terrorist", before being stopped by Italian police at Bologna airport.

Three suspects were shot and killed as police responded to the attack.

Neighbours in his east London neighbourhood of Barking said he spoke with a heavy London accent.

In fact, Butt was one of the main characters in a television documentary called The Jihadis Next Door.

Thomas's girlfriend was struck and seriously injured in the attack. Borough Market, a popular gathering place, remains closed as more evidence is gathered.

The 29-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of Friday morning on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

  • Carolyn Briggs