Net widens in search for accomplices in London Bridge attack

Jun 07, 2017, 10:51
Net widens in search for accomplices in London Bridge attack

One of them, Khuram Shazad Butt, had appeared in a documentary "The Jihadis Next Door" and was known to investigators.

Three terrorists wearing stab-proof vests drove a van into pedestrians at 50mph on London Bridge before attacking revellers with hunting knives.

Two of the London Bridge terrorists have been named by Scotland Yard as Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane.

But he appeared in a Channel 4 documentary entitled "The Jihadis Next Door" about British extremists that was broadcast past year, according to local media.

Butt, who also used the name Abdul Zaitun, is believed to have associated with the outlawed radical Islamist group al-Muhajiroun, co-founded by notorious hate preacher Anjem Choudary.

The Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported Tuesday that Youssef Zaghba, the third named London Bridge attacker, had been stopped in Italy while trying to go to Syria in 2016. He and Butt lived in Barking in east London.

Twenty-one-year-old Australian Sara Zelenek hasn't been seen or heard from since the attack.

The Pakistan-born Brit, 27, is thought to have been married with two children, a baby and a three-year-old.

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Mimbo said Butt had grown a longer beard and worn traditional Islamic dress more often over the two years he had known him, but showed no sign of radicalisation.

Salaudeen Jailabdeen, who lived near Butt, said the alleged assailant had once been ejected from a local mosque for interrupting an imam.

A police file was opened on him in the northern summer of 2015.

Officers from the Metropolitan police's counter-terrorism command began searches after entering an address in Ilford at 1.30am on Tuesday.

But, with "no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned.the investigation had been prioritised accordingly".

Kindschuh said he was in the Wheatsheat Pub Saturday night getting dinner when shots rang out, prompting dozens of people in the streets to rush inside.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson acknowledged that the security services had to provide an answer. He was reported to be a pastry chef from Ireland.

Police identified two of the London attackers on Monday after Britain's third terror assault in less than three months, as Prime Minister Theresa May came under mounting pressure over security just days ahead of elections.

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Rowley said: "While formal identification is yet to take place, detectives believe they know the identity of the attackers".

"The police and our partners are doing everything we can across the country to help prevent further attacks and protect the public from harm". Zaghba was "not a police or MI5 subject of interest", it added, an assertion that seemed to conflict with accounts in the Italian media. There are many things about which Donald TrumpDonald TrumpLondon mayor calls for cancellation of Trump visit to UK Dan Rather: "Trump's response to London attack "careless" Qatar split raises problems for U.S. with Iran, ISIS MORE is wrong".

"That is why we agree with the prime minister that things must change".

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, when asked by ITV television if he backed calls for May to resign, said: 'Indeed I would'.

The UK has 20,000 fewer frontline officers than it did in 2010, a cut that May has defended as a necessary part of post-financial crisis austerity, justified by falling crime figures.

But London Mayor Sadiq Khan, describing himself as 'a proud and patriotic British Muslim, ' slapped down those who invoked Islam to justify acts of murder.

Police had arrested 12 people on Sunday in Barking, also in the east of the city, but said late on Monday all had been released without charge.

The Islamic State terror group, also known as Daesh, has claimed the London Bridge rampage, while the attack has sparked fears Britain is in the grip of a spate of copycat incidents.

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