British police identify 2 of the London attackers

Nick Mcbride
June 6, 2017

One, 27-year-old Khuram Shazad Butt, was a British citizen born in Pakistan who had already been investigated by police and Britain's domestic spy agency MI5.

- Butt briefly worked for Transport for London, the entity that oversees the city's public transport system.

He said there is also great unity and determination because "our unity and love for one another will always be stronger than hate from the extremists".

Redouane, 30, who also lived in Barking, claimed to be Moroccan-Libyan. He also used the name Rachid Elkhdar, with a different date of birth, according to police.

Police shot and killed all three of the attackers, who were wearing suicide belts that turned out to be fakes.

Police specialists collected evidence in the heart of London after a series of attacks described as terrorism killed seven people and injured more than 48 others. On Monday, Met Police said 10 of them were still being held. Please honour her by volunteering your time or donate to a shelter.

A Khan spokesperson blasted Trump's statement, deeming it an "ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police - including armed officers - on the streets".

Police said a "number of people" had been detained following the raids, in Newham and Barking.

Metropolitan Police released a statement confirmed they believed this 22-year-old is the third attacker.

Police say investigations were continuing into the identity of the third attacker. The three attackers, armed with knives, continued into the Borough Market area, stabbing numerous people. On Monday, concrete barricades had been erected to separate pedestrians from vehicles on some of the city's major bridges. May defended her government's stance on the issue, saying that her Conservative government had protected police budgets. Police have 11 people in custody on suspicion of violating the Terrorism Act, but they haven't been named or charged.

Shafiq said Butt was at the time with radical preacher Anjem Choudary, the former head of a now-banned group called al-Muhajiroun.

The first fatal victim was reportedly identified as Canadian national Christine Archibald.

Of those, 21 are still in a critical condition.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan accused US President Donald Trump on Monday of seeking to divide communities in Britain after the leader of the free world criticised his leadership following a terror attack in the city.

Britain has received messages of solidarity from numerous world leaders including Donald Trump, although the US president also struck a discordant note by issuing tweets criticising London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, when asked by ITV television if he backed calls for May to resign, said: "Indeed I would". The trigger? A video ISIS posted Saturday calling for followers to attack during the holy month of Ramadan.

As details about Butt emerged, they prompted questions of whether he could have been stopped sooner.

Butt's neighbours identified him from the film's footage on Monday, pointing to a scene in which he is shown participating in a provocative prayer session at Regents Park, near London's biggest mosque helping to display a black flag covered in white Arabic lettering similar to the one used by the Islamic State group, which took responsibility for the attack.

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