London mayor says Trump will not 'divide our communities'

Alain Brian
Juin 6, 2017

The statement did not provide details on why Butt had come to the attention of law enforcement. Butt was previously known to police and domestic spy agency, MI5 and was a British citizen who had been born in Pakistan, the police said.

Redouane, a 30-year-old who police said was claimed to be of Moroccan and Libyan descent, was not known to British Authorities however. Butt - who also used the name Abdul Zaitun - is believed to have associated with the outlawed radical Islamist group al-Muhajiroun, co-founded by notorious hate preacher Anjem Choudary. They identified a second attacker who had not aroused suspicion prior to Saturday's rampage that killed seven people.

Pedestrians were mowed down by a van on London Bridge before attackers stabbed a police officer and revellers around Borough Market with 12-inch knives.

A man hugs a boy as they look at flowers near London Bridge following Saturday's attack Monday June 5, 2017.

"Seven people were killed".

Given the speed with which the attack was ended, it wasn't clear whether having more police on the beat would have prevented it, but questions persisted over whether investigators had the resources to look into such complaints and whether crucial opportunities were missed that could have saved lives.

"He has risen above this crisis of death and destruction, as mayors continue to do, to alleviate fear, to bring comfort to his people of London and to give support to the first responders who continue to protect, defend and provide emergency care to his people of London", the group's statement said on Sunday. Counterterrorism police raided two addresses in the Newham and Barking areas.

According to a report by RTE, Ireland's national broadcaster, one of the attackers was carrying an Irish identity card and had lived in Dublin.

"We will change and adapt to what appears to be a new reality for us", she said.

She said Britain's terror threat level would remain at "severe" after the London attacks, but additional security measures were in place, including at several bridges in central London.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing growing calls to resign ahead of Thursday's general election as her record as home secretary comes under fire in the wake of a deadly attack in London Bridge. Also, at least 20 others have been injured in the attack which comes less than two weeks after 22 people were killed and scores were injured by a suicide bomber at an Ariana Grande concert in the northern English city of Manchester.

"There are 500 current terrorism investigations, involving 3,000 current subjects of interest".

Three Metropolitan Police officers and one British Transport Police officer were injured during the attack, the police said in a statement Monday, and one of the officers is still in serious condition.

After Trump's tweet Sunday, the acting USA ambassador to the U.K., Lewis Lukens, issued a statement commending Khan for his response to the attacks.

A message from Muslim faith leaders was read outside New Scotland Yard by Met Commander Mak Chishty urging the community to "root out the scourge of terrorism which hides amongst their own people and masquerades as Islam".

CNN's Melissa Bell spoke to residents there who recognized a familiar face among the three dead attackers, identifying him as one of their neighbors and describing him as a family man who kept to himself. This is taking time because we believe some of the victims are from overseas. The more we know, the greater the chance when an attack does happen we will have some information about at least one perpetrator.

"And that day I realised that I need to contact the authorities", he said. A friend had reported him to the anti-extremism hotline, but no action was taken against him, reports said.

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