UK police name third attacker as new search gets underway

Posted June 10, 2017

LONDON (AP) - British police have named the third London Bridge attacker as 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba and said he is believed to be an Italian national of Moroccan descent.

Police say Zaghba, 22, was one of three men who rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before launching a stabbing spree in bars and restaurants at nearby Borough Market on Saturday night.

The third man suspected of carrying out Saturday's deadly attack in central London was an Italian-Morrocan who was arrested previous year on suspicion of trying to reach Syria.

Dramatic video footage released Thursday shows the moment when armed British police swooped into a busy market area near London Bridge and shot dead three attackers after they killed eight people and stabbed dozens.

Security agencies on Tuesday searched the hotel in Mujahidabad area in Karachi owned by an uncle of Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, who was among the three terrorists shot dead by police after their Saturday night terror.

Earlier, Britain police named Pakistani-origin Khurram Butt and Moroccan-origin British Rachid Redouane as two of three accused of the attack.

After a few months, Zaghba launched his brutal attack on Londoners alongside Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane - slaughtering innocent people during the sacred month of Ramadan.

"Although it is positive that we are making significant progress, we still need you to help us build a picture of exactly what led to this atrocity", police said, appealing for anyone who recognised the auto or bag to come forward.

The parents lived for a time in Morocco before separating when the mother returned to Italy and re-established herself in Bologna.

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Mr Shafiq said: "It is clear that Anjem Choudhury and his band of terrorist sympathisers were known to the police for many years".

A friend told the BBC Asian Network he had reported him to the anti-terror hotline after he began expressing increasingly radical views and justifying terror attacks, but the friend said he was never arrested.

She said: "I say I can understand their pain because I feel it too".

Neighbors described Butt as an avid weightlifter and Transport for London confirmed he worked for London Underground in customer service before leaving last October. His mother was said to have told police past year that he had asked her for money to travel to Rome before he left on his attempted trip to Syria.

Collina said she understood many British imams want to send a strong signal and have said they are not prepared to give her son a Muslim funeral.

Fahad Khan, the cousin of Butt's wife Zahrah Rehman, said he openly discussed with him his support for Islamic State.

Despite being known to the police and MI5, the Met police say that there was no intelligence to suggest that the attack was being planned. The company was looking into Italian media reports that Zaghba also was a former employee.

As the fallout from the atrocity continued, all eight people killed in the massacre were identified, while a further 10 victims remained in a critical condition.

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