U.K. Holds Minute of Silence Honoring Victims of London Terror Attack

Pauline Gross
June 7, 2017

The Metropolitan Police said all of the 15 victims now in critical care had been identified, as public appeals continued for several people who have not been located since the attack.

The other two attackers were identified as Khurum Butt, a 27-year-old whose extremist views had been reported to police, and 30-year-old Rachid Redouane, also known as Rachid Elkhdar, a Moroccan pastry chef. Twelve people arrested earlier have since been released.

Italian news reports say the London Bridge attacker who had been stopped in Italy en route to Syria previous year was subsequently listed in the European-wide intelligence-sharing system and was stopped at London's Stansted airport in January but let go.

Zaghba, too, had been on authorities' radar: Intercepted in March 2016 at Italy's Bologna Airport en route to Istanbul, he told authorities, "I'm going to be a terrorist" when asked about the reasons for his trip, an Italian security official told Politico.

Criticism immediately flared about how Butt was able to carry out the attack.

He is alleged to have been an associate of the hate preacher Anjem Choudary and appeared in a 2016 Channel 4 documentary about British Islamic extremists, The Jihadis Next Door.

The Italian intelligence had apparently flagged up to its British counterparts worries about the third attacker, the Moroccan-Italian Youssef Zaghba.

Police were alerted to his involvement when an Irish identification card was found on the body of one of the suspects following the attack on Saturday night. More than 40 people were injured in the attack.

As well as internal reviews by MI5 and the Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism team, parliament's intelligence and security committee, which is to be reformed after the new parliament is elected, is expected to hold a full inquiry.

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A spate of terror attacks on British soil has moved security into the spotlight ahead of key parliamentary elections slated for Thursday.

Her foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, said MI5 had questions to answer.

"Counter-terrorism funding is ringfenced but cuts to the general policing budget have impacted on neighbourhood policing teams in many parts of the country including London", The Guardian quoted him as saying.

But the campaign focus switched abruptly from Brexit to social issues, to Corbyn's benefit.

According to a poll published Tuesday by the group Survation, May's lead over Labour has shrivelled to just over a single point - 41.6% to 40.4%.

The rampage followed a suicide bombing that killed 22 adults and children at a pop concert in Manchester two weeks ago, and an attack in March when five people died after a vehicle was driven into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge.

Zaghba, who is believed to be an Italian national of Moroccan descent, was shot dead along with accomplices Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane following the incident on London Bridge and at nearby Borough market on Saturday night.

First responders were prominent in TV footage of the minute's silence, which showed police, firefighters and ambulance workers lined in mourning at stations and other public places. There, London Mayor Sadiq Khan told the gathering, "London stands in defiance against this cowardly attack on our city. and our way of life".

Other reports by GizPress

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