Everything we know about the London Bridge attackers so far
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 23:53
Officers at Scotland Yard are working to identify the third accomplice, while 12 people who were arrested in east London in the wake of the rampage have been released without charge.
Jibril Palomba, who lives close to Butt's east London home, said he was anxious Butt had been radicalizing kids, telling them things like, "If you are not Muslim, you do not follow in the religion of Muslim ... you're basically going to hell".
Seven victims were killed and dozens injured in the spree, which ended when armed police shot dead the perpetrators just eight minutes after the first emergency call.
"At any one time MI5 and police are conducting around 500 active investigations, involving 3,000 subjects of interest".
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.
The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for the atrocity, which sparked fears that Britain is in the grip of a wave of copycat incidents.
Citing intelligence sources, Italian dailies Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica said Zaghba was met at the Bologna airport by Italian intelligence agents each time he arrived in Italy to visit his mother after his initial run-in with Bologna airport authorities on March 15, 2016.
Police shot and killed the three attackers, who were wearing suicide vests that turned out to be fakes.
At least two of the attackers were known to British intelligence and law-enforcement officials, raising questions about whether anything could have been done to prevent the assault. Three men deliberately drove a vehicle into pedestrian traffic on London Bridge, before fleeing to nearby Borough Market, where they began stabbing bystanders with long knives.
Butt, 27, a Pakistani-born British citizen, worked for the Tube service as a trainee customer services assistant for just under six months, leaving in October previous year.
Police reportedly found IS propoganda videos on his cellphone, but after an investigation, they failed to find sufficient evidence of links to terrorism to justify prosecuting him. Transport for London confirmed he worked for London Underground in customer services before leaving last October.
The three terrorists were later gunned down and killed by police.
Police said a formal identification of the body had not yet taken place, however Thomas' next of kin had been informed of the development.
Of the 48 people taken to hospital, 36 are now being cared for in London hospitals with 18 remaining in a critical condition. Since the attack, he has said he fully supported the actions of the police.