Police arrest 3 more in London Bridge attack investigation

Lucy Bush
June 10, 2017

Earlier on Saturday police said a 27-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the attack during a raid in Ilford, east London.

The eight victims have been named as 30-year-old Canadian national Chrissy Archibald, Australian Kirsty Boden, 28, Australian Sara Zelenak, 21, James McMullan, 32, from Hackney, London, French nationals 26-year-old Alexandre Pigeard, Xavier Thomas, 45, and chef Sebastien Belanger, 36, and Spanish national Ignacio Echeverria, 39.

British counterterrorism investigators searched homes and detained more people yesterday in the London attack investigation as an intense political firestorm developed over Prime Minister Theresa May's role in reducing police ranks.

The perpetrators drove a rental van into pedestrians on the bridge, then began attacking people with knives.

All were wearing fake explosive gear on their bodies, police said.

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In the weeklong investigation of the attack conducted by the Metropolitan Police's Counter-Terrorism Command, police found multiple petrol bombs left in the van.

Butt was a British citizen, born in Pakistan, who "was known to the police and MI5", according to authorities. Early accounts suggest Thomas was thrown into the river.

The Metropolitan Police said they had reviewed security ahead of the vote, putting in place a "specialist and highly flexible operation" which can be deployed as needed.

Authorities have said the London attack was apparently unconnected to the Manchester bombing.

Rachid Redouane, who police said claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan, also went by the name Rachid Elkhdar with a different date of birth. While he was not a person of MI5 interest, he had been stopped by Italian police previous year on his way to Turkey and said he was going to be a terrorist, The Guardian is reporting.

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The three suspected attackers were killed by police.

Yesterday the third attacker was named as Youssef Zaghba, an Italian national of Moroccan descent, who was living in east London.

Prosecutors in Italy say there was not enough evidence to arrest or charge the 22-year-old when he was intercepted at Bologna airport.

Salaudeen Jailabdeen, who lived near Butt, said the alleged assailant had once been ejected from a local mosque for interrupting an imam.

In a statement, her family said: "We are deeply saddened at the tragic loss of our attractive daughter and sister of Harrison and Scott".

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