Published: Thu, June 08, 2017
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

Third London Bridge Terror Attacker Named As Moroccan-Italian Youssef Zaghba


It was also disclosed last night that Butt, the attack ringleader, was arrested by police earlier this year after he attacked an Islamic scholar - but he was let off with a caution.

Another key figure in the film is Abu Haleema, who has been subject to intensive monitoring by the security services after they discovered his close contacts with a teenager - later to become the youngest child in Britain to be convicted of a terrorism offence.

"As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life", they said in a statement.

French President Emmanuel Macron says a third French victim has been identified among those killed in the stabbing and van attacks in London.

London police say they carried out a controlled explosion as they investigated two unattended vehicles near the new USA embassy, but say the incident is now over and is "not terrorism-related". His cousin, 18-year-old Bilal Dar, told The Associated Press that Butt's uncle was taken in for questioning. "This has destroyed our family's pride". He was known to security services and had appeared in a televisions documentary "The Jihadis Next Door", which was broadcast a year ago.

British security and law enforcement officials are investigating Butt as the potential ringleader of the cell, according to a security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the ongoing details.

On Saturday night, a vehicle struck pedestrians on London Bridge and continued on to Borough Market, after which the attackers left the vehicle and carried out several stabbings at the market.

Neighbors described Butt as an avid weightlifter and Transport for London confirmed he worked for London Underground in customer service before leaving last October. He also worked at Kentucky Fried Chicken and used a gym in east London.

Reports that there may have been opportunities to stop the attackers have led London Mayor Sadiq Khan to question why the police didn't act on any information they may have had.

Authorities say the threat is unprecedented, with 500 active investigations involving 3,000 individuals in addition to 20,000 former subjects of interest. "That is a question that will need to be answered by MI5, by the police, as the investigation goes on", he said. "That's where the question of resources comes into play".

The other two were named yesterday (Monday, 5 June) by detectives as Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, from Barking, was a British citizen who was born in Pakistan; and Rachid Redouane, 30. The couple is thought to have split.

It had been set at "critical" in the days after the Manchester concert bombing on May 22 that killed 22 people - reflecting a judgment that an attack might be imminent because accomplices with similar bombs might be on the loose. Twelve have been released without charge. One man is still being held.

It also emerged that Redouane was refused asylum in Britain in 2009 but was able to stay until 2012 when he married his British wife and was able to remain in the UK. Spain's government says it is "deeply saddened" after receiving confirmation by British authorities that Echeverria was among the victims.

He was stopped at Bologna airport on 15 March past year travelling with just a backpack, very little money and a one way ticket to Istanbul; crossing the border from Turkey into Syria had become a regular route for those seeking to join rebels fighting the Bashar al-Assad's regime.

The paper states he was stopped in March 2016 and was suspected of having tried to travel to Syria via Turkey.

Italy's intelligence services had reported Zaghba and his frequent movements to Moroccan and British authorities.

As a holder of an Italian passport Zaghba was not liable for expulsion under the kind of administrative order Italy routinely uses against suspected Islamist militants from Morocco and Tunisia.

"We did everything we could have done", he said.

"We were happy that he was becoming more religious but did not know that in fact he was becoming a terrorist". "He was someone who was suspicious because of his way of behaving".

However, Italy put him on a list of people considered "at risk". Zaghba's Italian citizenship prevented such an expulsion, Italian daily Repubblica reported. "The only member of the family that lived here was the mother, who was known but has not been seen around for some time", Mr Ruscigno said.

Seated cross-legged on cushions on the floor of her modest Bologna home, her head veiled, Collina said her last phone conversation with her son was so "sweet" it reminded her of paradise.

She told our team that she went to Barking police station about a year to a year-and-a-half ago with photos of the men and explained her concerns.

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