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Police have named two of the London Bridge attackers as Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane. At least one of the men was reported to the police for his extremist views prior Saturday’s attack. One of the attackers, known as ‘Abz,’ appeared on Channel 4 documentary “The Jihadis Next Door.” Another lived in Dublin and had a Scottish wife, according to Irish press.
Police just named two of the men behind the London Bridge and Borough Market attacks on Saturday as Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane.
The Metropolitan Police has known the trio’s identities for some time, but kept the intelligence under wraps while investigation work continued. Press also held back from naming the individuals.
The suspects hired a van and drove into pedestrians on London Bridge at around 10 p.m. local time (BST) on Saturday evening. They then abandoned the van and went on a stabbing spree in Borough Market.
They killed seven people during the rampage and injured a further 48. Some 18 of those are in a critical condition. The first victim was named as Chrissy Archibald, a Canadian bride-to-be who volunteered at a homeless shelter.
Police shot dead the three men just eight minutes after the first emergency call from a member of the public. They fired an “unprecedented” 50 rounds to halt the suspects in their tracks.
ISIS (also known as the Islamic State, ISIL, and Daesh) claimed responsibility for the attacks on Sunday. According to a statement posted to its “Amaq” propaganda outlet, ISIS said a “detachment” of its fighters were behind the carnage.
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Who are the attackers?
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The “ringleader” was known as ‘Abz,’ according to The Sun. The 27-year-old worked in KFC, on the London Underground, and for fashion retailer Top Shop. He was born in Watford, was of Pakistani origin, and had two children, the newspaper said.
He appeared in Channel 4 2016 documentary “The Jihadis Next Door,” according to the Daily Mail. He and others were filmed praying in front of an unfurled ISIS flag in Regent’s Park, London. They were later detained by police in connection with the incident.
The man identified in the Channel 4 documentary was also reported to police by his neighbours, according to the BBC. They spoke to the broadcaster after his flat was raided by police in Barking.
Under the condition of anonymity, a neighbour told the BBC’s Asian Network that Abz used to watch clips of the American hate preacher Ahmad Musa Jibril.
“I phoned the anti-terror hotline. I spoke to the gentleman. I told him about our conversation and why I think he was radicalised,” he said. “I did my bit, I know a lot of other people did their bit but the authorities did not do their bit.”
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Abz was reportedly wearing an Arsenal shirt on the night of the attack. Chilling video footage of the trio stalking the streets of Borough Market appears to confirm this.
One suspect lived in Ireland
An Irish or European Union identity card was found on another of the attackers, according to local broadcaster RTE. The news channel said he lived in Dublin for a period of time, was from a Moroccan descent, and had a Scottish wife. Irish police are working closely with British security and intelligence agencies.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the attacker was not known to police, Irish press reported. Speaking on a visit to the US, Kenny said the suspect “was not a member” of a small group of radicalised individuals under observation.
British police are making progress in tracking down people they believe may be connected to the attack. They have conducted multiple raids in London and made 12 arrests.
A 55-year-old man was released without charge on Monday morning, while the remaining 11 are being detained on suspicion of offences under the Terrorism Act.
This story is developing…