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London Bridge attackers named; prime minister criticized before election

London Bridge attackers named; prime minister criticized before election

There are now two men in custody while another 12 people held following the attack have since been released.

According to Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper Zaghba had been stopped at Bologna airport in 2016 when trying to fly to Syria via Turkey, and Italian authorities had identified him as as a potential "foreign fighter" and tipped off Britain about his movements.

LONDON (AP) - British police have named the third London Bridge attacker as 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba, and said that he is believed to be an Italian national of Moroccan descent.

"However, there was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned", they said, adding. Rachid Redouane - who had claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan, variously gave his age as 30 or 25 and also used Elkhdar as a surname - was not on the radar of police or intelligence agencies until the attack.

The investigation into Saturday's attack continued, with police searching an address in Ilford, east London, in the early hours today.

- A source briefed by an Irish counterterrorism official told CNN that one of the London attackers had a connection to Ireland after state media reports that an Irish ID card was found on the body of one of the London attackers.

Another of the attackers has been named by police as Rachid Radouane, 30, from Barking.

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

Floral tributes for the victims of the London terror attack lay in Potters Fields Park.

Islamophobic incidents have been on the rise UK-wide since the suicide bombing in Manchester on May 22 by Salman Abedi and the attack on the UK Parliament by Khalid Masood in March.




After police named two of the attackers and revealed that one was previously known to security agencies, May's Conservative Party faced further questions about her record overseeing cuts to police numbers.

Dozens were injured, 18 of them critically, in the attack that started on the London Bridge, when three attackers swerved the vehicle into pedestrians then, armed with knives, rampaged through Borough Market, slashing and stabbing anyone they could find. "You should not even look at anything a little bit unusual on the internet, you should see the right people and do the right things and it seemed like he was doing it", according to audio of her group interview provided by the ANSA news agency.

Ignacio's father, Joaquin Echeverria, told The Associated Press that the family was flying to London on Tuesday to join other relatives.

"The British police and the MI5 began investigating Butt intensively as part of a major drive to dismantle and destabilise al-Muhajiroun, a grouping of extremists in the U.K. supportive of the ISIS", U.K. counter-terrorism officials told CNN.

There were moving scenes at London Bridge, where Londoners looked on in tears over a sea of floral tributes to the victims of Saturday night's attack.

The area around Borough Market is not expected to reopen Tuesday.

Twelve others arrested under the investigation have all been released without charge.

A minute's silence was observed in Britain at 11 a.m. local time (1000 GMT) in memory of those killed during the attack.

After the third militant attack in Britain in less than three months, May said Thursday's national election would go ...

The nearby London Bridge station was operational though one of the exits that leads to the cordoned off area on Borough High Street remained closed.


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