Police name 2 London attackers, say 1 was known to authorities

Nick Mcbride
June 7, 2017

The Metropolitan Police confirmed Monday the identities of two men involved in last weekend's massacre near London Bridge, which killed at least seven and wounded dozens of others.

Police and the M15 domestic security agency also acknowledged Monday that they had been aware of one of the three alleged London Bridge attackers, Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, a British citizen born in Pakistan, but they had no specific intelligence to indicate he was plotting a terrorist assault. On March 22 a vehicle had similarly ploughed into pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge before the driver fatally stabbed a police officer, killing five people.

Police have foiled 18 terror plots since 2013 and are managing 500 active investigations involving around 3,000 individuals at any one time, according to two security sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about ongoing investigations.

Another terrorist, Rachid Redouane, was named Monday afternoon. "He also used the name Rachid Elkhdar, with a different date of birth of 31.7.91".

A Frenchman - who has not been formally named - was killed in the attack, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. Like Butt, Redouane lived in the east London are of Barking, police said.

May hailed police actions in response to Saturday's attacks, which she said "saved countless lives", but said, "We have seen overall too much tolerance of extremism in this country", and repeated her call for a commission to take up "the necessary task of stamping out extremism".

Before holding a minute's silence, Khan, the first Muslim to be elected mayor of a major west European city, said: "I want to send a clear message to the sick and evil extremists who commit these ugly crimes".

The Telegraph and other news outlets reported that Archibald was struck by the van driven by the attackers and died in her fiancé's arms. The three men wore fake suicide vests - to make them even more imposing.

Both men were from the Barking neighborhood of east London, where police raids began shortly after the attacks Saturday night.

The photos of the two Daesh terrorists, Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane were shared on the Twitter account of the Metropolitan police.

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Investigations are continuing to identify the third attacker.

Trump maintained the feud with Khan on Monday, tweeting: "Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his "no reason to be alarmed" statement".

"The Muslim community is alarmed and concerned that this attack by three people would have required planning and yet was not reported".

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"Butt was the supposed ringleader of the London Bridge terror attack who was photographed on the ground wearing an Arsenal football shirt with canisters strapped to his body". "We have had to close police stations, sell police buildings and we've lost thousands of police staff".

Security had already become a battleground issue ahead of Thursday's general election following the Manchester bombing last month, in which 22 people were killed as they left an Ariana Grande concert.

The news raise questions both about the police's judgment and increases pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May, who three days before a national election is facing criticism for overseeing cuts to police during her years as interior minister.

"Words will never be able to match his essence, there will only ever be one James", she said.

The Islamic State terror group, also known as Daesh, has claimed responsibility for the London Bridge rampage, while the attack has sparked fears Britain is in the grip of a spate of copycat incidents. A Canadian and a French national were among those who died, while the 48 injured included people of many nationalities.

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