Tuesday, 6 June 2017

UK police name third London attacker as last WhatsApp messages of one of the attackers is revealed

UK police have named Youssef Zaghba (right) as the third London attacker after Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane were earlier announced

He's a Moroccan-Italian who is reported to have been stopped at an airport in Italy on suspicion that he was bound for Syria. London's Metropolitan Police Service said 22-year-old Zaghba was not a "person of interest" before Saturday's attack. 
Media reports in Italy however said Italian authorities had alerted their British counterparts about his movements. The Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra said Zaghba was stopped at a Bologna airport in 2016 with a one-way ticket to Istanbul.

London police earlier admitted that one of the other two attackers, Khuram Shazad Butt, was on their radar as a member of the outlawed radical Islamist group al-Muhajiroun, co-founded by notorious hate preacher Anjem Choudary.

Seven people died and 48 were injured when the three men rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before launching a stabbing spree in bars and restaurants at nearby Borough Market on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that Butt was known to police yet they let him slip because there was no evidence he was planning an attack.

A look at his WhatsApp account showed that he had last been on the platform on Wednesday at 6:59 p.m., only three days before he attacked innocent citizens.

His last profile update was on May 10 and it read:  “ALLAH says (Quran 94:6) - Indeed, with hardship, comes ease.”

His profile picture recited lines of the Quran which read: “Speak justice, speak kindly, speak politely, speak fairly, speak gently, speak graciously, speak not in vain”.

Butt, a 27-year-old British citizen born in Pakistan, and a second attacker, Redouane, who claimed to be Moroccan-Libyan, both lived in Barking, east London. Redouane, 30, also used the name Rachid Elkhdar, and claimed to be six years younger.

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