Third London terror attacks suspect could be Italian-Moroccan Youssef Zaghba

08 June, 2017, 02:05 | Author: Lorraine Moran

Butt and his two accomplices drove a hired van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing people in the area around Borough Market.

Another attacker, 27-year-old father of two Khuram Shazad Butt, was also known to the police.

After questioning him, police phoned his mother who, according to the source, said she had been anxious about her son because he had been talking about jihad.

"A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorist acts (contrary to section 5 Terrorism Act 2006) and has been taken into custody at a south London police station under the Terrorism Act 2000".

The Prime Minister told Sky News: "MI5 and the police have already said they would be reviewing how they dealt with Manchester and I would expect them to do exactly the same in relation to London Bridge".

Twelve people were arrested after the attack but have all now been released without charge, the Met Police said on its Twitter account Monday.

"The other named man, Rachid Redouane, was not known".Imams and religious leaders from across the country and a range of schools of thought came together to issue a public statement condemning the recent terror attack in London and conveying their pain at the suffering of the victims and their families."We simply don't have the resources we need to provide the best service we can", he said in an interview following Monday's vigil. Nearly 50 were injured.

"One attack can be excusable, a second one maybe, but a third one, no - especially in the run-up to a general election". He was known to security services and had appeared in a televisions documentary "The Jihadis Next Door", which was broadcast a year ago. He then moved to London, media reported.

Valeria Collina, a Muslim convert, says her son Youssef Zaghba had wanted to go to Syria to start a family - not to fight - since he had believed that he could find "pure Islam" there.

More information emerged Tuesday about Saturday night's attack.

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Zaghba was said to have been placed on a watch list by Italian authorities and flagged to their Moroccan and British counterparts, but a lack of evidence about his intentions meant his phone and passport were returned, Italian media reported.

The search was a precaution after Butt's link to Pakistan was uncovered by British investigators.

He was once asked to leave a mosque in east London after "interrupting a Friday sermon". He changed, she said, when he went to Britain about a year ago and was seduced by radical views propagated on the internet.

Authorities say the threat is unprecedented, with 500 active investigations involving 3,000 individuals in addition to 20,000 former subjects of interest. O'Leary was one of 13 people arrested after Saturday's attacks.

Zaghba visited her at her home near Bologna several times and in March 2016, after being stopped at Bologna airport, he was investigated for possible worldwide terrorist activity but released, according to the newspaper.

Italian authorities said Zaghba had been stopped and questioned in Italy but had not been charged with any crime.

The Italian reports said Zaghba was intercepted at the Bologna airport past year as he was about to board a plane for Turkey, apparently with the intention of joining Islamic State militants in Syria.

"We did everything we could have done, but there weren't elements of proof that he was a terrorist", he added.

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.

"It is seeking to project its influence and maintain its relevance by inspiring, encouraging, and - though there does not appear to be evidence of this in the latest United Kingdom plots to date - directing attacks in Europe and elsewhere", he said.

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