London Bridge attackers named as pre-election heat rises

Nick Mcbride
June 6, 2017

The second attacker was named as Rachid Redouane, 30, who also went by the identity Rachid Elkhdar and was not known to police.

Trump's comments drew widespread scorn in Britain but the USA leader went on the attack again on Monday, saying in a tweet: "Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his "no reason to be alarmed" statement". Police said in March that 52-year-old Khalid Masood drove a vehicle into pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge, killing four people before fatally stabbing a police officer.

US President Donald Trump accused London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Monday of making a "pathetic excuse" over a statement urging Londoners not to be alarmed by the presence of additional police on the streets after Saturday's deadly attack.

Britain's Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May to resign after she presided over cuts to police numbers during her six years as interior minister.

He added, "At least seven dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed"!"

He said: 'As a proud and patriotic British Muslim I say this you do not commit these disgusting acts in my name. "But we've still got some more inquires to do to be 100 percent confident of that".

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In the article, Khan was reported as saying that being prepared for terror attacks was "part and parcel" of living in a major city. "I've got better and more important things to focus on".

"Over the last seven years, we as a city have lost 600 million pounds ($775 million) from our budget", he said.

Three jihadis drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge on Saturday night before running into the bustling Borough Market area where they slit people's throats and stabbed them indiscriminately. "We have had to close police stations, sell police buildings and we've lost thousands of police staff".

Authorities said 36 people remained in hospital, with 18 in a critical condition. Police shot dead all three attackers. May has said the three attacks - including one on Parliament in March - weren't connected in any operational sense but were linked by what she called the "perverted ideology" of extremist Islam.

"However, there was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned and the investigation had been prioritized accordingly", police said in a statement. Another neighbor, Michael Mimbo, said he saw the van used in the attack near his home on Saturday, but didn't see who was behind the wheel.

On June 5, London police said they carried out fresh raids and detained an undisclosed number of people in the investigation into the attack.

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