What we know about the London Bridge attackers

Nick Mcbride
June 7, 2017

London police on Monday named two of the three attackers who killed seven people near London Bridge late on Saturday and injured dozens more.

London's Metropolitan Police said one attacker was Khuram Shazad Butt, aged 27.

Khuram Butt (27), a British national who was born in Pakistan, was filmed praying in front of an Islamic State flag in London's Regent's Park as part of a controversial Channel 4 programme that was broadcast in January previous year.

Police face tough questions after it emerged that Butt, who was a British citizen and is being named as a ringleader behind the atrocity, had been investigated by officers in 2015 but had been "prioritised accordingly" after no intelligence to suggest he was planning an attack was discovered. Redouane, 30, had claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan.

Both men lived in the same area of east London.

The three men wore fake suicide vests as they drove a white van into pedestrians on London Bridge, before stabbing revellers in the nearby Borough Market area.

Sebastien Belanger, a French chef who works at the Coq d'Argent restaurant in London, also hasn't been seen since the attack, according to the Telegraph.

In March, 52-year-old British national Khalid Masood rammed a vehicle into a crowd on Westminster Bridge and stabbed a police officer, in an attack that left five people dead.

The Islamic State (IS) terror group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Meanwhile, all 12 people who were arrested after the attack were released without charges, they added.

"What they miss, in cutting numbers of police on the beat, as it were, is that community intelligence", Clarke told the BBC.

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His sister said authorities are unable to formally identify him until the coroner's report begins on Tuesday.

He was known to both the police and MI5 who are awaiting what they described as worldwide confirmation before naming the third terrorist.

May blamed "evil" Islamist ideology and vowed to crack down on extremist content online, warning that attackers were "copying one another".

Police said they had seized a huge amount of forensic material in two early morning raids in east London Monday, as part of their efforts to determine if the three men who carried out Saturday's attack were part of a wider network.

After militants killed seven people and injured 48 in London, British Prime Minister Theresa May resumes campaigning on Monday just three days before a national election which polls show is much tighter than previously predicted. The UK's threat level had been upgraded from "severe" to "critical" on May 23 following the Manchester bombing the previous day in which 22 people were killed and 59 injured. He was then shot by an armed police officer and died at the scene. "We did not know him well, his name was not known to us, it has been brought to our attention that some years ago after interrupting a Friday sermon he was asked to leave the mosque", the statement said.

A vigil will be held in central London on Monday evening to remember the victims of the attack.

"She had room in her heart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected", the family statement said.

An off-duty, unarmed London police officer who was having a drink after work rushed to help but is now in hospital in a serious condition, London police chief Cressida Dick said.

Gerard Vowls, 47, said he saw a woman repeatedly stabbed, and threw chairs, glasses and bottles at the attackers in a bid to stop them.

- Al-Muhajiroun has also been linked to Michael Adebolajo, one of the men convicted of slaying British soldier Lee Rigby near a military barracks in southeast London in 2013.

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