Thursday 21 June 2018

London Bridge terrorists 'planned to stage similar atrocity at well-known Dublin landmark'

London Bridge attackers Youssef Zaghba, Rachid Redouane and Khuram Shazad Butt (Met Police/PA)
London Bridge attackers Youssef Zaghba, Rachid Redouane and Khuram Shazad Butt (Met Police/PA)
Rachid Redouane
Shot dead: Khurum Butt. Photo credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Islamist extremists behind the London Bridge terror attack had planned to stage a similar atrocity at a well-known Dublin landmark.

Khuram Shazad Butt (27) and Rachid Redouane (31), who were responsible for the deaths of eight people in the June 3 attack, had previously observed Dublin as a target.

It is understood the group made military observations at a number of high-profile locations in the Irish capital, including a "nationally known family-friendly tourist attraction", according to the Sunday Independent.

According to the newspaper, the jihadists changed their plans after they were convinced Ireland "would suit Isis better as a logistics base from where internet frauds could be carried out to raise funds".

Rachid Redouane
Rachid Redouane

It was previously reported that Redouane was married to an Irish woman and lived in Dublin for a number of years.

The two men stayed with a 33-year-old Pakistani-born UK citizen named ‘Raza’ who operated an internet fraud targeting Irish companies from an address in Santry, north Dublin.

Shot dead: Khurum Butt. Photo credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
Shot dead: Khurum Butt. Photo credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Gardaí understand the men stayed at the address a number of times about two years ago.

'Raza' is wanted by Scotland Yard and MI5 on suspicion of being involved in orchestrating the London Bridge attack.

He is also suspected of radicalising young Muslims for the terror group Isis.

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