United Kingdom names third attacker as criticism of police cuts grows

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 18, 2017

Police on Tuesday also arrested a 27-year-old man in Barking on suspicion of violating the Terrorism Act and a residence there was being searched.

Seven people were killed on June 3 and 48 injured when Butt and two other men drove a white van into crowds on London Bridge, and then got out and stabbed people in restaurants and bars in Borough Market.

Three more people were arrested yesterday in connection with London's weekend terrorist attack which left eight people dead, British police said.

On Tuesday the third attacker was named as Youssef Zaghba, an Italian national of Moroccan descent, who was living in east London.

Zaghba, an Italian national of Moroccan descent, was the youngest of the attackers and was allowed to enter the United Kingdom and had been living in east London before Saturday's attack.

London police, who had identified the two other attackers as Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane. His mother was said to have told police previous year that he had asked her for money to travel to Rome before he left on his attempted trip to Syria.

The news raises questions about the police's judgement 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.

A property in Ilford, east London, was also searched by police at about 01:30 BST, but no arrests had been made, the police said.

Forty-eight people were hospitalized in the attack and several officers were injured, according to police.

British police have confirmed the identity of two of the three attackers but had been retaining the name of the third while investigations into possible accomplices and contacts continued.

Counter-terrorism police said Butt had been investigated, but that there was no evidence he was planning a deadly, suicidal assault.

The so-called Islamic State (IS) group has said its "fighters" carried out the attack.

All 12 people arrested on Sunday after the London attack were released without charge.

Butt was known to police and was "openly fundamentalist", NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports from London. May was Home Secretary prior to becoming prime minister previous year. Thomas is the eighth person killed in the attacks.

A minute's silence is due to be observed in Britain at 11 a.m. local time (1000 GMT) in memory of the seven people who died during the attack late Saturday.

British authorities say one of the attackers, 27-year-old Khuran Shazad Butt, was on their radar but was not considered a threat.

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