Saturday 20 January 2018

London Bridge attackers: Here's everything we know so far

Khuram Shazad Butt on left, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba
Khuram Shazad Butt on left, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba
Metropolitan Police undated handout photo of 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba, from east London, the third attacker shot dead by police following the terrorist attacks on London Bridge and at Borough Market on Saturday. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
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This is what we know about the terrorists who carried out the deadly London Bridge attack:

Rachid Redouane

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Metropolitan Police undated handout photo of Rachid Redouane who has been named as one of the men shot dead by police following the terrorist attack on London Bridge and Borough Market. Photo: Metropolitan Police /PA
 

Redouane, 30, who claimed to be Moroccan-Libyan, also lived in Barking, east London.

He also went by the name Rachid Elkhdar, claiming to be six years younger.

Security sources in Ireland confirmed the terrorist married a British woman in Dublin in 2012 and lived in Rathmines, Dublin.

It is not clear when he came to the Republic or how long he stayed but it is believed he used Irish jurisdiction to get a European Union permit which allowed him to be in the UK.

Redouane left Ireland after the wedding and may have travelled to Morocco before settling in the UK.

He returned to Ireland again in 2015, again for an unknown length of time, but Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was not one of a small number of radicals under surveillance.

An Irish security source described the killer as having "extensive immigration history related to the UK".

The first clue to his background came when authorities found an Irish identity card on the body of one of the suspects.

Redouane, reportedly a former pastry chef, had a one-year-old daughter with his former wife.

Khuram Shazad Butt

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Metropolitan Police undated handout photo of Khuram Shazad Butt. Photo: Metropolitan Police /PA
 

The 27-year-old British citizen, who was born in Pakistan, was known to the police and MI5 and was the subject of an investigation in 2015.

He is alleged to have been an associate of the hate preacher Anjem Choudary and appeared in a 2016 Channel 4 documentary about British Islamic extremists, The Jihadis Next Door.

The former London Underground worker was once thrown out of a mosque for interrupting an imam's sermon and verbally attacked an anti-extremism campaigner.

Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, said Butt called him a "Murtad" - traitor in Arabic - when he confronted Choudary about his support of terrorism days after the murder of Lee Rigby in 2013.

The Jabir Bin Zayid Islamic Centre, where Butt occasionally worshipped, said that "some years ago after interrupting a Friday sermon he was asked to leave the mosque".

Residents at a block of flats in Barking - where a number of arrests were made on Sunday - said they recognised the attacker and that he had lived in the area for around three years.

He was known locally as "Abs/z" and was identified by neighbours as the terrorist in a photo which showed him crumpled on the ground after being shot by armed police.

Butt was father to a toddler and baby and a keen gym-goer and weightlifter, neighbours said.

Transport for London confirmed he worked for London Underground as a trainee customer services assistant for six months before leaving in October 2016.

Butt was reported to anti-terror police over fears he was attempting to radicalise schoolchildren, according to reports.

Housewife Erica Gasparri, 42, told The Times she had reported the suspect to police last year after challenging him in a park near a school.

A friend told the BBC Asian Network he had reported him to the anti-terror hotline after he began expressing increasingly radical views and justifying terror attacks, but the friend said he was never arrested.

One acquaintance, who said the man was a "wonderful guy", recalled the man playing football in the park with him and his children.

Police said he had appeared on the radar of security services but was in "the lower echelons of our investigative work".

A neighbour, Ken Chigbo, claimed the attacker, wearing the same Arsenal shirt, had come to ask him about hiring a van hours before the atrocity.

He told Sky News: "He said to me, 'Oh, where did you get your van, Ken? How much is it, is it possible to get in automatic?' - all these specific questions about the van, which obviously now makes sense in my head.

"At the time I didn't think anything of it."

Youssef Zaghba

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Metropolitan Police undated handout photo of 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba, from east London, the third attacker shot dead by police following the terrorist attacks on London Bridge and at Borough Market on Saturday. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

British police on Tuesday named Youssef Zaghba as 3rd London Bridge attacker

A 22-year-old Italian national of Moroccan descent was living in east London and reportedly worked in a restaurant in the capital.

The Corriere della Sera newspaper said Fez-born Zaghba's Italian mother lived in the northern city of Bologna, having parted from his father and left their Moroccan home.

It reported that he was stopped by Italian police in March 2016 at Bologna's airport trying to get to Syria via Turkey, and that this was communicated by Italian intelligence to their UK counterparts.

But Scotland Yard said he was not a police or MI5 "subject of interest", despite Italian media reports to the contrary.

The following is the text of the police statement:

"While formal identification is yet to take place, detectives believe he is 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba, from east London. The deceased's family have been informed.

"He is believed to be an Italian national of Moroccan dissent. He was not a police or MI5 subject of interest.

"All three men involved in the attack were confronted and shot dead by armed officers within eight minutes of the first call."

 

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