Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Arrest over London terror attack

Arrest over London terror attack

The trio killed eight and injured 48 in their rampage around London Bridge and Borough Market on Saturday night.

The death toll from Saturday's terrorist attack in London has risen to eight, the city's Metropolitan Police said Wednesday.

Counter-terror agencies were already under intense scrutiny after it was revealed Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, and Rachid Redouane, 30, were also known to security services.

Seven people were killed and almost 50 others were wounded in the Saturday night rampage. Police killed all three attackers.

London police chief Cressida Dick said the recent string of attacks in Britain, which has claimed 34 lives since March, was "unprecedented in my working life" but risked becoming the new normal.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would support calls for May to quit, as she had overseen a sharp reduction in police numbers in her past job as interior minister.

He appeared in a Channel 4 documentary entitled "The Jihadis Next Door" about British extremists that was broadcast past year, local media reported.

"He was so kind", she said. Friends who were with him at the time said he fell to the ground after confronting one of the assailants. "We did not know him well, his name was not known to us, it has been brought to our attention that some years ago after interrupting a Friday sermon he was asked to leave the mosque", the statement said.

So far, 13 people have been arrested as part of police investigations and 12 have been released without charge.

The investigation into the attacks involved two more raids on Monday in Newham and Barking, east London, as police tried to establish if the three attackers had any help.

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He said of Butt: "We will probably discover information on covert communications that were (not in) our knowledge that if we had access to those communications it may have changed our judgment".

Youssef Zaghba had been flagged to British intelligence services after telling Italian police "I'm going to be a terrorist" when he was reportedly stopped trying to travel to Syria.

- He is believed to be an Italian national of Moroccan descent and was not a subject of police or intelligence interest, police added.

- A source briefed by an Irish counterterrorism official told CNN that one of the London attackers had a connection to Ireland after state media reports that an Irish ID card was found on the body of one of the London attackers.

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