Police find body in Thames; likely 8th victim

Pauline Gross
June 8, 2017

Fears are growing for a missing French national caught up in the London Bridge terror attack after witnesses said he may have been thrown into the River Thames.

Zaghba, along with Pakistan-born British citizen Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, and Rachid Redouane, 30, who claimed to be Moroccan-Libyan, carried out the attack at London Bridge and Borough Market on Saturday night, killing eight people and injuring 48 others.

Thomas' girlfriend was seriously injured after being hit by the attackers' van.

Specialist officers from the Marine Police Unit recovered the man's body on Tuesday evening near Limehouse, about three miles from the scene of the atrocity.

He has not been formally identified, but Xavier Thomas' next of kin have been told about the development.

"When I went to England, he was a bit more rigid, but not so much", Ms Collina said on Wednesday.

Italian authorities said Zaghba was stopped at the Bologna airport in 2016 and questioned in Italy, but never charged with a crime.

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The Italian mother of one of the London Bridge attackers said Wednesday her 22-year-old son became radicalized in Britain, falling under the spell of Islamic extremism and confiding to her that he had dreams of moving to Syria.

So far four of seven victims killed in the attack have been identified as Alexandre Pigeard, Kirsty Boden, James McMullan and Christine Archibald.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the search for Thomas continued on Wednesday.

The death toll from the London Bridge attack has risen to eight as pressure on British authorities intensified amid new questions about how the terrorists slipped through the net.

Three men drove into pedestrians on London Bridge on Saturday before attacking people with knives in nearby bars and restaurants.

Le Parisien daily newspaper named the second Frenchman to die in the attack as 36-year-old Sebastian Belanger. A total of 15 people have been arrested in the United Kingdom as part of the investigation, with 12 released without charge.

The revelation meant perpetrators in all three of the terrorist outrages to hit the United Kingdom this year had been on the radar at some point.

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