It’s been revealed one of the three attackers who killed seven people near London Bridge was previously investigated by British security services but had not been viewed as a serious threat.
Khuram Shazad Butt, aged 27, was a British citizen born in Pakistan, who was already known to police and Britain’s domestic spy agency MI5, London’s police force said.
Police have confirmed there was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned and the investigation had been prioritised accordingly.
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The second attacker was named as 30-year-old Rachid Redouane, who police said claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan, and also went by the name Rachid Elkhdar with a different date of birth. Both men lived in the same area of east London. Police said they were still working to establish the identity of the third attacker.
At around 10pm on Saturday June 3, the three attackers drove across London Bridge, mowing down pedestrians before stabbing bystanders in the nearby Borough Market area.
British police have 500 current terror investigations involving 3000 potential suspects.
“A small number of the highest priority investigations involve current attack planning, and these investigations command a significant proportion of our resource,” police said.
Prime Minister Theresa May has come under pressure from the media and the opposition Labour Party yesterday over cuts to police funding during her six years as interior minister.
UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told Sky News he would back calls for May to resign.
“Indeed I would. Because there have been calls made by a lot of very responsible people on this, who are very worried that she was at the Home Office for all this time, presided over these cuts in police numbers and now is saying that we have a problem.”
Saturday’s attacks left seven innocent people day and dozens injured, came less than a week before the UK national election.