London Bridge attack: Pakistani-origin man named as one of the attackers


Khuram Shazad Butt, a 27-year-old British citizen born in Pakistan, and Rachid Redouane, who claimed to be Moroccan-Libyan, were named as attackers on Monday evening.

Butt was known to police and MI5 and Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said an investigation into him started in 2015.

Saturday's rampage was the latest in a string of attacks to hit Europe, including in Paris, Berlin and Saint Petersburg. Police shot dead all three attackers.

London police have said all 12 people held since the attack from the Barking neighborhood, have been freed.

"The other [suspect], Rachid Redouane, was not known". But his proselytizing behavior raised enough alarms for them to call a police hotline to warn that he was an extremist, the newspaper reported.

Mohammed Shafiq, head of the Ramadhan Foundation think tank, said he was verbally abused by Butt in 2013 outside the British parliament.

Police chief Cressida Dick said investigators had seized "a huge amount of forensic material" from the attackers' van.

Referring to Butt, Mr Rowley said one of the three was part of an investigation "prioritised in the lower echelons of our investigative work".

The other person named was Rachid Redouane, who had lived for a time in Ireland.

It is not clear when he arrived Ireland or how long he stayed but it is believed he used Irish jurisdiction to get a European Union permit which allowed him to be in the UK.

During that time, police numbers have dropped by roughly 20,000 officers, and the number of armed officers has fallen as well.

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An Irish security source described the killer as having "extensive immigration history related to the UK".

He said authorities had not shared any information with them.

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.

In Britain's third Islamist attack in as many months, three men rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before running into the Borough Market nightlife area, where they slit throats and stabbed people indiscriminately.

Since 2010, when the Conservatives entered government, the number of police officers has fallen from 145,948 to 126,766 in March 2016, according to Home Office figures cited by ITV.

Hundreds sheltered in pubs and restaurants, barricading themselves inside as the terrorists stalked the street.

They were shot by armed police within minutes of starting the attack.

Most of the London Underground stations reopened Monday in the neighborhood where the attack took place, allowing life to resume after more than 24 hours of lockdown.

Another witness called Eric told the BBC he had seen three men get out of the van who took out knives.

Of the 48 people taken to the hospital following the violence that started on London Bridge and continued in Borough Market, officials said Monday that "36 are now being cared for in London hospitals with 18 remaining in a critical condition".