- Police named two of the London Bridge attackers as Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane.
- Khuram Shazad Butt was known to intelligence officials prior to the attack.
- Butt, known as ‘Abz,’ appeared on Channel 4 documentary “The Jihadis Next Door.” He reportedly worked in KFC and supported Arsenal FC.
- Rachid Redouane lived in Dublin and had a Scottish wife, according to Irish press. He was reportedly a pastry chef, who claimed he was Moroccan and Libyan.
Police just named two of the men behind the London Bridge and Borough Market attacks on Saturday as Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane.
The Metropolitan Police knew about the trio’s identities for some time, but kept the intelligence under wraps while investigation work continued. Press were also held back from naming the individuals.
The suspects hired a van and drove into pedestrians on London Bridge at around 10 p.m. BST (5 p.m. ET) on Saturday evening. They then abandoned the van and went on a stabbing spree in Borough Market.
They killed seven people during the rampage and injured a further 48. Some 18 of those are in a critical condition. The first victim was named as Chrissy Archibald, a Canadian bride-to-be who volunteered at a homeless shelter.
Police shot dead the three men just eight minutes after the first emergency call from a member of the public. They fired an “unprecedented” 50 rounds to halt the suspects in their tracks.
ISIS (also known as the Islamic State, ISIL, and Daesh) claimed responsibility for the attacks on Sunday. According to a statement posted to its “Amaq” propaganda outlet, ISIS said a “detachment” of its fighters were behind the carnage.
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said Butt was a 27-year-old British citizen who was born in Pakistan. Redouane, 30, had said he was Moroccan and Libyan, and also used the name Rachid Elkhdar. Butt was known to the police and MI5 while Redouane was not.
Who was Khuram Shazad Butt?
Butt was the “ringleader” and was known as “Abz,” according to The Sun. The 27-year-old worked in KFC, on the London Underground, and for fashion retailer Top Shop. He was of Pakistani origin, and had two children, the newspaper said.
Butt appeared in Channel 4’s 2016 documentary “The Jihadis Next Door,” according to the Daily Mail. He and others were filmed praying in front of an unfurled ISIS flag in Regent’s Park, London. They were later detained by police in connection with the incident.
He was also reported to police by his neighbours, according to the BBC. They spoke to the broadcaster after his flat was raided by police in Barking on Sunday.
Under the condition of anonymity, a neighbour told the BBC’s Asian Network that Butt used to watch clips of the American hate preacher Ahmad Musa Jibril.
“I phoned the anti-terror hotline. I spoke to the gentleman. I told him about our conversation and why I think he was radicalised,” he said. “I did my bit, I know a lot of other people did their bit but the authorities did not do their bit.”
Butt was known to the police and MI5, the Met said in a statement. They added, however, that there was no intelligence to suggest that the attack was being planned.
Butt was reportedly wearing an Arsenal shirt on the night of the attack. Chilling video footage of the trio stalking the streets of Borough Market appears to confirm this.
Rachid Redouane lived in Ireland
Redouane was 30-years-old and born in July 1986. He claimed he was Moroccan and Libyan. Redouane also used the name Rachid Elkhdar, police said, and worked as a pastry chef, according to the Daily Mail.
An Irish identity card was found on his body, according to local broadcaster RTE. Sky News said he lived in Dublin for 18 months between 2014 and 2016 and had a Scottish wife.
Irish police are working closely with British security and intelligence agencies. Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the attacker was not known to local law enforcement, Irish press reported. British police were not aware of him either, they said.
Police appeal for more information
The Met appealed for more information on the attackers, with the third suspect’s identity still being kept from the public. They are particularly keen to hear about their movements in the days and hours before Saturday’s attack.
“I would urge anyone with information about these men, their movements in the days and hours before the attack and the places they frequented to come forward,” said Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley.
The public can contact police by calling 0800 789321 or 999 in an emergency.
Police are making progress in tracking down people they believe may be connected to the attack. They have conducted multiple raids in London and made 12 arrests.
A 55-year-old man was released without charge on Monday morning, while the remaining 11 are being detained on suspicion of offences under the Terrorism Act.
This story is developing…
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