Third London Bridge attacker named

Patrice Gainsbourg
Junho 10, 2017

Separately, police investigating the London Bridge attack made three arrests in Ilford, also in east London, late Wednesday.

May called the snap general election on April 18, little more than two years into a five-year parliament, arguing that a commanding majority would give her a stronger hand in the Brexit negotiations with the European Union.

In Britain's third Islamist attack in as many months, three men rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before running into the Borough Market nightlife area, where they slit throats and stabbed people indiscriminately.

It said police had treated them as though they were petrol bombs.

Authorities have identified a third London attacker as 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba Tuesday. Photo by Reuters/Hannah McKay.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said police and MI5 had downgraded the investigation because "there was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned".

He lived in a flat in Barking, east London, with his wife and two children.

Shafiq said he was "abused" by Butt, who was in the company of Anjem Choudhury "the well known extremist and terrorist sympathiser".

"He was very sociable, seemed like an ordinary family man". "We have given increased powers to the police to be able to deal with terrorists, powers which Jeremy Corbyn has boasted he has always opposed", she said.

Another neighbour, Michael Mimbo, told Reuters that Butt supported the north London football team Arsenal.

Haydon said since last Saturday they had taken 262 statements from people from 19 different countries and numerous global inquiries were ongoing relating to the attackers and the victims.

"As an individual he was a cool, calm guy. He was definitely religiously observant, but seemingly no more than anyone else", the former colleague said.

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Ten men remain in custody for questioning, while a total of eight people have now been released without charge, Greater Manchester Police said.

Police reportedly found IS propoganda videos on his cellphone, but after an investigation, they failed to find sufficient evidence of links to terrorism to prosecute him.

The message reports, "Security source to 'Amaq Agency: A detachment of Islamic State fighters carried out the London attacks yesterday'".

The country's official terror threat level had been set at "critical" in the days after the Manchester concert bombing on May 22 that killed 22 people - reflecting a judgment that an attack might be imminent because accomplices with similar bombs might be on the loose.

During the confrontation, passers-by can be seen throwing objects at the attackers before the last victim is shown stumbling away.

Between 2009 and 2016, the number of police officers fell by nearly 20,000, or around 14 percent, according to the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies think tank.

May did not answer repeated questions from reporters on her cuts, but said counter-terrorism budgets had been protected and police had the powers they needed.

Also hitting out at the reduced police numbers under the last two governments lead by the Conservatives, the Labour mayor also warned London would be more risky under planned budget cuts.

He said police attended the incident and Choudhury, Butt, and two other men were escorted from the scene. A string of opinion polls over the past couple of weeks have pointed to a narrowing in the gap between her Conservative Party and the main opposition Labour Party.

Christine Archibald, a 30-year-old Canadian who had worked in a shelter for the homeless before moving to Europe to be with her fiancé, was the first of those who died to be named.

People queue to lay flowers after a vigil for victims of Saturday's attack in London Bridge, at Potter's Field Park in London, Monday, June 5, 2017.

"He said to me, 'Good luck, ' and I said, 'What, where are you going?' And he said, 'No place.' But then he said, 'I'm just saying, you should be a good Muslim, so that you will go to heaven.' And I told him, 'I am a good Muslim. We will defeat the terrorists".

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