London Bridge attack: last of eight victims identified as Xavier Thomas

Pauline Gross
June 9, 2017

London, Jun 8 British police investigating the deadly London Bridge attack arrested three men in new raids in east London, as a video released today showed the frenzied tense moments just before the attackers, including a man of pakistani origin, were gunned down by armed police officers.

In the assault, three masked men drove a van into pedestrians on the bridge before jumping out and stabbing people at random, police said.

The accused however are not connected to the 1 June attack in the United Kingdom capital that left eight people dead, the police said on Thursday.

In March 2016, Italian officers stopped Zaghba at Bologna airport and found IS-related materials on his mobile phone.

Butt's family said Wednesday they were "shocked and appalled" by his actions. A court later decided there was insufficient evidence to try him and dropped the charges. Authorities said he aroused suspicion because he tried to board a flight to Turkey with a one-way ticket and a small backpack.

Associated Press writer Nicole Winfield in Rome contributed.

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When asked by the authorities about his intentions, Zaghba initially replied that he was leaving to become "a terrorist". "London will never be cowed or divided by terrorism", Khan said in his message.

She said her son was under surveillance when he was in Italy and questioned why this was not the case in the UK.

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 Metropolitan police said they believed they now knew the identities of all those who were killed and there were "no outstanding or missing people".

The Saturday attack was claimed by the ISIS and follows the May 22 suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena by Salman Abedi, killing 22 people.

Saturday's attack - the third in three months in which the majority of the suspects had been on the radar of security officials - has prompted Prime Minister Theresa May to call for tougher counterterrorism laws even if it means changing human rights protections.

Security measures were heightened on Thursday as millions headed out to vote in the general election. Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and others have criticized May for cutting police numbers by roughly 20,000 during her tenure as home secretary. Police have made 25 arrests for hate crime offences since the attack.

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