Police name London Bridge attackers

Police have identified two of the three London Bridge attackers as Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane. The third perpetrator has not been named.

Officials confirmed that 27-year-old Butt was born in Pakistan but brought up in the UK. He was known to police and had been investigated in 2015. The terrorist had appeared in a Channel 4 documentary, The Jihadis Next Door. He had been reported to the anti-terrorism hotline for extremism.

Butt was also linked to al-Muhajiroun, the banned extremist group whose leader, Anjem Choudary, was jailed last year. Choudary, loathed by the mainstream Muslim community, was jailed for encouraging support for Islamic State.

However, Choudary’s case was ranked in the “lower echelons” of counter-terrorism investigations; he was not suspected of planning an attack.

30-year-old Redouane reportedly claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan, was not known to police or MI5.

Twelve people – seven women and five men – were arrested at two properties in Barking on Sunday 4 June. They were all released without charge the following day, police said.

On Monday 5 June, hundreds of people gathered in London in a vigil for the seven-people killed and dozens wounded.

They were joined by home secretary Amber Rudd, her Labour counterpart Diane Abbott and London mayor Sadiq Khan.

Two of those killed have been named as Christine Archibald, from Canada, and Londoner James McMullan. A French citizen, yet unidentified, is also known to have died.

Others remain missing, including 21-year-old Australian Sara Zelenak.

There are 36 people still being treated in hospital for their injuries; 18 of them are in critical care.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron continually criticise Prime Minister, Theresa May, over cuts to police numbers.

A book of condolence for the victims opens today at 9am at Southwark council headquarters in Tooley Street; it will move to Southwark Cathedral once the police cordon around the site of the Borough Market attack is lifted.

There will be a minute’s silence across the UK at 11am.

TNT News

Photo Credit: Al Jazeera English

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