London terror attack: Police name two attackers, say one previously known to them

London terror attack: One of the attackers was previously known to police and domestic spy agency, MI5 and was a British citizen who had been born in Pakistan.

By: Reuters | London | Updated: June 6, 2017 12:12 am
London terror attack, London truck attack, manchester, manchester attack, london terror attacks, snap elections, uk, UK elections, latest news, latest world news Armed officers attend to an incident near London Bridge in London, Britain, June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

One of the three attackers who killed seven people near London Bridge on Saturday night was previously investigated by British security services but had not been viewed as a serious threat, British police said on Monday. Khuram Shazad Butt, aged 27, was a British citizen born in Pakistan, who was already known to police and Britain’s domestic spy agency MI5, London’s police force said.

“However, there was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned and the investigation had been prioritised accordingly,” police said in a statement. The second attacker was named as 30-year-old Rachid Redouane, who police said claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan, and also went by the name Rachid Elkhdar with a different date of birth. Both men lived in the same area of east London.

Police said they were still working to establish the identity of the third attacker. Late on Saturday the three attackers drove south across London Bridge, mowing down pedestrians before stabbing bystanders in the nearby Borough Market area. British police are stretched by the number of people they believe could potentially commit an act of terrorism. There are 500 current investigations involving 3,000 potential suspects.

“A small number of the highest priority investigations involve current attack planning, and these investigations command a significant proportion of our resource,” police said. Prime Minister Theresa May came under pressure from the media and the opposition Labour Party on Monday over cuts to police funding during the years when she was interior minister.

Saturday’s attacks – which in addition to the seven dead left dozens in need of hospital treatment, including 18 in a critical condition – came less than a week before Britons vote in a national election. “Our work necessarily involves making difficult judgements about how to prioritise the resources available to us at a time when the UK is facing a severe and high tempo terrorist threat,” police said.

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  1. R
    Jun 6, 2017 at 3:41 am
    This religion needs tumor to be removed. That too, by their own people. Can this be done?
    1. S
      Jun 6, 2017 at 5:35 am
      Islam is a complete way of life...dont blame Islam....blame followers... Thanks
      1. Babu Gupta
        Jun 6, 2017 at 5:43 am
        Yest, I agree with you. The followers are to be blamed because they followed the instructions given in the terror manual called their religious book as Holy Quran.
    2. P
      Pradip Naik
      Jun 6, 2017 at 3:39 am
      It is known fact most of these terrorist are Arabs & Muslims born in Porkistan or UK by Porkistani Parents. Why not deport their parents or immediate relatives back to their countries whete they came from ? Islam is the religious of Fanatics & Terorists. Islam is for FOOLS.
      1. M
        Mugammad Jinnah ALI Billa
        Jun 6, 2017 at 2:50 am
        SATANic Versais these muslims the three London incident, who are the one sthani born muslim really Bristish eople are stupids to keep these sthanis to work, or living in Briton GB it is a great mistake. Send all STHANIS from England to Go back to sthan their origin. In England sthanis dont have a place anymore. They are not wished by British people. This is a good lesson for other s sthanis. sthan is No MERCI COUNTRY. They get money from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Irak, Palastinia, Algeria to make more terrorists attack in the world ? ? ? ?
        1. N
          Jun 6, 2017 at 2:49 am
          If there are ten terrorists, nine were born in stan or his parents/ g parents were from stan! Bigoted Muslims must be very proud of stan.
          1. I
            Jun 6, 2017 at 1:31 am
            Indian express doesn't even say in headline that one of the musselman terrorist was from stan
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