London attackers named by police as profiles emerge

Nick Mcbride
June 6, 2017

One of the three attackers who killed seven people near London Bridge on Saturday night was previously investigated by British security services but had not been viewed as a serious threat, British police said on Monday.

Scotland Yard today named two of the three terrorists behind the London attack as Khuram Butt, a British citizen born in Pakistan, and Rachid Redouane.

A vigil has been was held at Potters Field Park near London Bridge to remember the victims.

He appeared in a television documentary past year about British extremists called The Jihadis Next Door, and was filmed at events attended by two notorious Islamic preachers.

The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Both men were from the Barking neighborhood of east London, where police raids began shortly after the attacks on Sunday. Family members said the 27-year-old, who once tried to set up a cosmetics company, had also tried to go to Syria to join jihadists but had been talked out of it by relatives.

"And that day I realised that I need to contact the authorities", he said.

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"I'd like to reassure people in Hertfordshire that we have no knowledge that there's likely to be an attack taking place".

There are 500 current investigations involving 3,000 potential suspects. Additionally, there are around 20,000 individuals who are former subjects of interest, whose risk remains subject to review by MI5 and its partners. Some 18 plots have been thwarted since 2013, including five in the last three months. "It's costly, it's difficult and it's hard to know what's going on in people's minds".

Following the recent terrorist attacks that killed seven in London, Trump repeatedly and incorrectly blasted Khan by suggesting that the mayor had said that there was "no reason to be alarmed" by the terrorist attacks.

Assistant Commander Mark Rowley said: "Inquiries are ongoing to confirm the identity of their accomplice".

One woman, who didn't want to be named, said he stared angrily whenever he saw women cycling on the estate.

The statement did not provide details on why Butt had come to the attention of law enforcement. "The police and our partners are doing everything we can across the country to help prevent further attacks and protect the public from harm".

In a clear reference to Trump's tweets Sunday and Monday criticizing London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Clinton said: "It's a time for steady, determined leadership - like we are seeing from local authorities in London, including the mayor of London".

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