Pressure on Theresa May as third London attacker is named

Twelve arrested in London now released
Londoners struggle to respond to terror attack
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11 June, 2017

British police on Tuesday named the third London Bridge attacker as an Italian national of Moroccan descent, and Italian officials said they had passed on their concerns about him to British intelligence officials previous year.

Police had been searching for Xavier Thomas, a French man who had been missing since three assailants ploughed a rented auto into crowds on London Bridge and attacked people in Borough Hall with knives on Saturday.

Police RAIDS sweep across the capital looking for terror suspects in connection to the London Bridge terror attack.

The news raises questions about the police's judgment and increases pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May, who three days before a national election is facing criticism for overseeing cuts to police during her years as interior minister.

Another friend, who also said he reported Butt to police, told the BBC's Asian network that the terrorist, who was known as Abu or Abs, had been radicalised watching videos of the infamous American hate preacher Ahmad Musa Jibril.

She also defended cuts to police numbers, stating that the Metropolitan Police is "well resourced" and has "very powerful counter-terrorism capabilities".

"The police and our partners are doing everything we can across the country to help prevent further attacks and protect the public from harm", Rowley said.

Butt, 27, was married with children and lived in Barking, east London for a number of years.

Rachid Redouane, a 30-year-old who claimed both Moroccan and Libyan nationality, did not appear to have been on authorities' radar.

At least seven people were killed and dozens wounded on Saturday when three men rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and then went on the rampage through the bustling Borough Market area where they slit throats and stabbed people. James McMullan, 32, is also believed to be among the victims of the London Bridge terror attacks after his bank card was found on a body at the scene, his sister Melissa McMullan told reporters yesterday.

"They are shown being confronted by police, and according to the documentary, were detained for an hour and were released without any charges", ABC reported.

It is thought that Choudary played a key role in Butt's radicalization, according to a British government official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about the ongoing investigation.

All three London Bridge terrorists have been identified as a security service probe into the atrocity looms and questions mount for the police and MI5.

The Conservative Party's lead over Labour has narrowed markedly from 20 points or more when May called the election in April to a range between one and 12 points now, although the Conservatives are still widely expected to win a majority.

The first was Canadian Christine Archibald.

"Our unity and love for one another will always be stronger than the hate of the extremists", Khan said.


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