More arrests over London Bridge attack

Ivan Schwartz
June 9, 2017

Eight people died and 48 were injured in the attacks, including four unarmed policemen who had attempted to tackle the terrorists to the floor.

A neighbour, Erica Gasparri, said she had also contacted police in Barking after Butt tried to "brainwash" her children in the local park and convert them to Islam.

But his comments contrast that of Fahad Khan, who is the cousin of Butt's widow Zahrah Rehman, who said Butt would talk about ISIS and his aspiration to fight in Syria at the Ummah Fitness Centre, a gym.

As interior minister from 2010 to 2016, May oversaw a drop of 20,000 in the number of police officers in England and Wales, which her main opponent, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, said should never have happened and warranted her resignation.

Butt had appeared in a documentary called "The Jihadis Next Door", broadcast previous year by Britain's Channel 4, as part of a group of men who unfurled an Islamic State flag in a park.

Mimbo said Butt had grown a longer beard and worn traditional Islamic dress more often over the two years he had known him, but showed no sign of radicalization.

The body was found late Tuesday about two kilometres (over one mile) downstream from London Bridge, where Saturday's van and knife attacks began. "We did not know him well, his name was not known to us, it has been brought to our attention that some years ago after interrupting a Friday sermon he was asked to leave the mosque", the statement said.

The arrests were made at a pair of locations in the London suburb of Barking.

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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. However, his 2012 marriage to Charisse O'Leary, a British citizen, allowed him a European Union identity card that granted him easy travel between Britain and Ireland.

London officials said a large part of the outer cordon of the crime scene had reopened.

Although Redouane was born in Fez, Morocco, his father was Libyan.

According to Washington Post report, Butt was a sociable man with a "dark side".

The admission that at least one of the London Bridge attackers was known to authorities has fueled a security debate already underway in Britain as the country counts down to an unpredictable election on Thursday.

"I'm calling on all Londoners to pull together, and send a clear message around the world that our city will never be divided by these ugly individuals who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life", Khan said.

He was investigated in 2015 but he was "prioritised in the lower echelons of our investigative work" and there was no evidence of "attack planning", police said. This came up again on Monday when Prime Minister Theresa May dodged questions on whether the police are receiving the resources they need.

Winfield reported from Rome.

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