Published: Thu, June 08, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Sick London attackers ID'd; ISIS claims responsibility


London police said 27-year-old Khuram Shazad Butt was a British citizen born in Pakistan and Rachid Redouane had claimed both Libyan and Moroccan nationalities.

Dozens were injured, 18 of them critically, in the attack that started on London Bridge, when the three attackers swerved a van into pedestrians then, armed with knives, rampaged through the nearby Borough Market, slashing and stabbing anyone they could find.

Police searching for a French man who has been missing since the London Bridge attack say they have recovered a body from the River Thames.

Three Metropolitan Police officers and one British Transport Police officer were injured during the attack, the police said in a statement Monday, and one of the officers is still in serious condition.

Rachid Redouane (center) and Youssef Zaghba have been named as the suspects in Saturday's attack at London Bridge.

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The photos of the two Daesh terrorists, Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane were shared on the Twitter account of the Metropolitan police.

Investigations are ongoing to identify the third attacker, and police are continuing to appeal for further information.

Twitter also said it was working to tackle the spread of militant propaganda on its website.

"We have given increased powers to the police to be able to deal with terrorists - powers which Jeremy Corbyn has boasted he has always opposed", she said.

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.

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A minute's silence is due to be observed in Britain at 11 a.m. local time (1000 GMT) in memory of the seven people who died during the attack late Saturday.

Butt, who was married with two children, had worked for London Underground as a trainee customer services assistant.

Butt's involvement in Saturday's terror attack has added to the scrutiny faced by the security services which also failed to stop Salman Abedi from killing 22 people in a suicide bomb attack in Manchester nearly two weeks before the latest London attack. Like Butt, Redouane lived in the east London are of Barking, 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. The Islamic State (IS) terror group claimed responsibility for the attack. The organization is seeking to cut up to £400 million ($515 million) from its budget, potentially wiping as many as 12,800 police officers from the force - a reduction in its strength of up to 40 percent.

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