Police make new arrest in London attacks investigation

Ivan Schwartz
June 7, 2017

All three men involved in the attack were confronted and shot dead by armed officers within eight minutes of the first call.

Zaghba was named earlier in Italian media.

Zaghba's mother lives in the northern Italian city of Bologna and he had broken off relations with his Moroccan father, the source said.

Officers at Scotland Yard are working to identify the third accomplice, while 12 people who were arrested in east London in the wake of the rampage have been released without charge.

National counter-terrorism police chief Mark Rowley named two of the three slain assailants as Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane, revealing that Butt had been known to security services.

During the raid, the Mail reports that a police detective was photographed with notes in his possession on display relating to Saturday's terror attack-suggesting one of those involved: "He had been interrogated a year ago for his Islamic views, his house was searched, passport was taken + he had to sign on".

Moroccan-Italian Youssef Zaghba, 22, and 30-year-old Rachid Redouane, who claimed both Moroccan and Libyan nationality, were identified as the two other men suspected of killing seven and injuring four dozen in London before police shot them dead.

Police say he was not a "subject of interest" to police or the intelligence services.

A woman reacts near the scene of the recent attack during a minute's silence (Picture: Reuters) People observing a minute's silence in St Ann's Square, Manchester, in honour of the London Bridge terror attack victims. We have had three horrific attacks and we have foiled five others.

The issue has become a key one in the run-up to Thursday's general election.

Questions remain over whether investigators had the resources to look into complaints such as those leveled by Butt's neighbors about his attempts to radicalize children and whether crucial opportunities were missed that could have saved lives.

London's Metropolitan Police Service acknowledged Butt had been "known to the police and MI5" - but said there'd been "no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned", insisting "the investigation had been prioritized accordingly".

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Butt is believed to be the man seen in a British television documentary on jihadists within the country that aired past year . Pressure on May intensified when she faced a volley of questions over police cuts from journalists at a campaign event.

In a letter posted outside, the Ummah Fitness Centre said staff would "help the police in any way we can" as investigators try to learn more about Khuram Shazad Butt.

Butt, who also went by the name Abu Zaitun, was known to neighbours by the nickname "Abs/z" and was allegedly an associate of radical hate preacher Anjem Choudary.

The Daily Star says "twisted" Khuram Butt - who appeared in a TV documentary about Jihadis - was the ringleader of the London Bridge terror gang.

The Met Police have confirmed that Australian Kirsty Boden was one of the victims of Saturday's attack.

The latest opinion poll on voting intentions, by Survation for ITV, had the Conservatives' lead over Labour narrowing to just one point from six points in the same poll a week earlier. Opponents have lambasted her for cutting police numbers by 20,000 when she was interior minister between 2010 and 2016.

Commuters walk across London Bridge, with new security barriers, after work in London, Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

As the British nation stood still in a sign of respect to the victims of the latest terrorist attack in London on Tuesday, security issues are now the focus of United Kingdom election campaigning with only two days remaining before the June 8 snap poll.

The country's official terror threat level remains at "severe", one notch down from the highest.

It was lowered once intelligence agencies were comfortable that this wasn't the case.

Attacks by Islamist militants in Manchester and London threw the spotlight on security, while May was forced to backtrack on a social care policy pledge in a move that pundits said was unprecedented in British election campaign history.

Associated Press writers Paisley Dodds and Raphael Satter reported this story in London and AP writer Kathy Gannon reported from Pakistan. Paolo Santalucia contributed from Rome.

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