London Bridge attacker had ties to 'death to gays' preachers

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 8, 2017

On Tuesday, Italian media named the third attacker as Moroccan-Italian Youssef Zaghba.

The source said Zaghba's Italian mother lives in the northern Italian city of Bologna, confirming a report on the website of newspaper Corriere della Sera. London police have not confirmed the name.

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

May did not answer repeated questions from reporters on Monday on the police cuts she oversaw but said counter-terrorism budgets had been protected and police had the powers they needed. "What happened?" he told Sky News.

Italian authorities had previously informed Britain of the third attacker's plans to travel to Syria. Corbyn called for May to resign because of her role in cutting police staffing during her tenure as home secretary. A string of opinion polls over the past couple of weeks have pointed to a narrowing in the gap between her Conservative Party and the main opposition Labour Party.

Butt was known to police and security services, and an investigation into him began in 2015, when one man called the terrorism hotline after concerns Butt had been been radicalised.

The second attacker, Rachid Redouane, also of Barking, was not known to police prior to the attack.

All three terrorists were shot dead by police.

The admission that at least one of the London Bridge attackers was known to authorities has fuelled a security debate already underway in Britain as the country counts down to an unpredictable election on Thursday.

She said providing more firearms for London police wouldn't be a sensible solution to the increased tempo of attacks, saying the strategy of having special mobile units of heavily armed officers is effective. He's the president of the United States.

The agencies say they have disrupted 18 plots since 2013, including five in recent months.

The narrowing in the polls started before the Manchester and London attacks and appeared to be largely linked to an unpopular policy announcement regarding care for the elderly. Much like the assailants in the two earlier attacks, these men had British roots and were peripheral to the focus of security agencies.

Zaghba, Pakistan-born British citizen Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, and Rachid Redouane, 30, who claimed to be Moroccan-Libyan, launched a murderous rampage around London Bridge and Borough Market on Saturday night.

He lived in a flat in Barking, east London, with his wife and two children.

Butt had appeared in a documentary called "The Jihadis Next Door", broadcast a year ago by Britain's Channel 4, as part of a group of men who unfurled an ISIS flag in a park.

He added: "We would urge the public to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the police by calling us in confidence on 0800 789321 or in an emergency calling 999".

Authorities say the threat is unprecedented, with 500 active investigations involving 3,000 individuals in addition to 20,000 former subjects of interest.

Meanwhile, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack via its propaganda outlet.

After Saturday night's terrorist attack, the MCB said Muslims around the country were "outraged" and "disgusted" by the "cowards" who have "once again destroyed the lives of our fellow Britons".

Christine Archibald, 30, a Canadian from the western province of British Columbia, was the first victim of the attack to be named.

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