British police name third London Bridge attacker

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07 June, 2017

All three London Bridge terrorists have been identified as a security service probe into the atrocity looms and questions mount for the police and MI5.

He was stopped at Bologna's airport trying to fly to Turkey in March a year ago amid concern he was intending to travel on to Syria, according to reports.

He had notably featured in a Channel 4 TV documentary entitled "The Jihadis Next Door" and, according to the British media, numerous people alarmed by his views had gone to the authorities.

She has faced criticism for her record on security in the six years she served as Britain's interior minister before becoming prime minister last year.

However, the consensus among pollsters remains that May's party, who have been in government since 2010, will win a majority.

In Britain's third Islamist attack in as many months, three men on Saturday rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before running into the Borough Market area, where they slit throats and stabbed people indiscriminately.

It had been set at "critical" in the days after the Manchester concert bombing on May 22 that killed 22 people - reflecting a judgment that an attack might be imminent because accomplices with similar bombs might be on the loose.

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

According to the reports, Zaghba was born in Fez, Morocco, and never lived for any extended period in Italy.

Zaghba, 22, was one of the three perpetrators shot dead by police during Saturday's terrorist attack in central London.

Christine Archibald, 30, a Canadian from the western province of British Columbia, was the first victim of the attack to be named. The 48 injured included people from Britain, France, Spain, Australia and New Zealand, in what May called "an attack on the free world".

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At 11 a.m., the nation held a minute's silence to remember all of those affected by the terror attack.

Before the recent attacks, Brexit and domestic issues such as the state of the health service and the cost of care for the elderly had dominated the election campaign.

May's main opponent, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, backed calls for her resignation over the police cuts.

The death toll from the London Bridge attack has risen to eight as pressure on British authorities intensified amid new questions about how the terrorists slipped through the net. Surveys now put the Conservatives ahead by between one and 12 points. "That does require obviously vigilance but it does require proper resources and therefore cutting police numbers and not funding sufficiently those that are involved in security is a problem", he said.

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

Police have named the third London Bridge attacker as Youssef Zaghba.

In a statement Tuesday, authorities said they arrested a 27-year-old man this morning.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said an investigation into Butt had been downgraded as there was no evidence he posed an imminent threat.

"He was very sociable, seemed like an ordinary family man".

The hospital said that Ms Boden was "an outstanding nurse and a hugely valued member of the staff team in Theatres Recovery, described by her colleagues as "one in a million" who always went the extra mile for the patients in her care".


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