Third London attacker, Youssef Zaghba, was not on police or intel radar

by Abel Hampton June 9, 2017, 2:22

Butt was known to police and security services, and an investigation into him began in 2015, when one man called the terrorism hotline after concerns Butt had been been radicalised.

Twelve people were initially arrested after the attack but they were later released without charges, Metropolitan Police said Monday.

Spain's foreign minister, Alfonso Dastis, says his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, has promised to accelerate efforts to identify victims in Saturday's attack that killed seven people and injured dozens more.

Eight people were killed and 48 others injured after they drove a van into crowds on London Bridge and then attacked people at random in bars and restaurants in Borough Market armed with 12-inch knives.

As Khan spoke, police named two of the three attackers as Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane.

Butt, 27, was previously known to authorities, but there wasn't enough intelligence to suggest he was planning an assault.

Metropolitan Police said detectives believe 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba was the remaining attacker who had not yet been publicly identified.

Some carried a single red rose as they came together to condemn both the sickening attack on Saturday night in London Bridge and last month's Manchester bombing that killed 22.

All three were fatally shot within minutes of launching the attack.

Peter Neumann, professor of security studies at King's College in London, said it was simply "not possible" for a Western democracy to keep a close eye on all potential suspects. "People who target innocent Muslims who have nothing to do with extremism or terrorism are playing into the hands of Islamist extremist terrorists", said Fiyaz Mughal, founder of anti-Islamophobic helpline Tell Mama [Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks].

He had notably featured in a Channel 4 TV documentary entitled The Jihadis Next Door and, according to the British media, numerous people alarmed by his views had gone to the authorities.

London police said earlier they had recovered a body from the river in their search for Xavier Thomas, a 45-year-old missing since the weekend attack.

Butt is alleged to have been an associate of convicted British hate preacher Anjem Choudary, but it goes further than that: his neighbors reported him to an anti-terror hotline.

Transport for London (TFL) confirmed today that Butt worked for London Underground after an image surfaced that allegedly showed his working at the West Kensington subway station.

Media in Italy claim Zaghba was stopped by the authorities in Bologna previous year when he was en route to Syria. The two other perpetrators were not known to security services. All three have been claimed by the Islamic State group.

Counter-terror police investigating the attack arrested three men in Ilford, East London, late last night.


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