Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

London terrorist appeared in TV doco Jihadis Next Door


Scotland Yard has named two of the terrorists involved in the London Bridge attack as Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane.

Butt is also seen in the film sprawling on the lawn and nodding as he listens to a sermon in which the speaker tells those gathered: "This is not the real life, my dear brothers".

The three men, who wore fake suicide vests, were shot to death by police.

British counterterrorism investigators searched two homes Monday and detained "a number" of people in the investigation into a van and knife attack in the heart of London that left seven people dead. But one of the almost 50 people injured was an officer who had confronted the attackers wielding only a baton.

Twelve people were arrested after the attack.

Police numbers have dropped by roughly 20,000 officers in that time.

The latest opinion poll, by Survation for ITV, showed the Conservatives' lead narrowing to just one point from six points in the same poll a week earlier.

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Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan chaired a conference in Dublin on Monday to establish what was known about Redouane.

It was the third attack in as many months where suspects had been on the radar of British authorities. Authorities have said the London attack was apparently unconnected to the Manchester bombing.

Questions have swirled over why police were unable to do anything about Butt.

"[May's] government now has incredible compulsory powers to do both targeted and bulk surveillance in her country", said Michelle Richardson, deputy director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a Washington-based think tank.

The Islamic gym where Butt worked out said Tuesday they had seen nothing of concern during his time there.

A statement posted on the gym's door said: "We at UFC gym are shocked and saddened by the events that occurred at London Bridge and Borough on Saturday night". Police can also access that stored browsing history without any warrant or court order.

Prime Minister Theresa May says 11 people remain in custody for possible connections to the attack.

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On Monday evening, a crowd of all ages and races stood quietly for an impeccably observed minute's silence at a vigil a short walk away from the scene of Saturday's bloodshed.

Mr Rowley said: "While formal identification is yet to take place, detectives believe they know the identity of the attackers".

"He (Khan) is entirely right to say what he said to reassure the people of his city about the presence of armed officers on the streets", Johnson said in a BBC radio interview in response to a question on whether Trump's state visit should be cancelled.

A London mosque said Butt "infrequently" attended prayers there but was asked to leave after an incident a few years ago where he interrupted a Friday sermon, according to a statement from Jabir bin Zayd Islamic Centre.

On Twitter, people using the hashtag #ChrissySentMe expressed their sadness for the family's loss, but many also said they were inspired by the call for meaningful action.

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.

An intelligence official with direct knowledge of the situation said the man is an influential businessman in the Jhelum district of Punjab province.

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