Names of two London Bridge terrorists released


British police Monday released the names and photos of Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane, two of the three terrorists who killed 7 people and injured 48 on and near London Bridge Saturday night. All three were shot dead by police and have been identified.

Butt, 27, a British citizen, was born in Pakistan. The Met Police and MI5 — the UK's counterintelligence and security agency — were familiar with him, but there was no intelligence to suggest the weekend attack was being planned, police said. Redouane, 30, who also used the name Rachid Elkhdar, had claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan. One of the attackers had a connection to Ireland.

Police said 11 people had been detained in a series of raids in east London Muslim districts following the attack. Prime Minister Theresa May, who faces an election Thursday, grappled with tough questions over her decision to cut 20,000 police posts in her time as Home Secretary. Her main rival, Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, said this was grounds for her to resign now.

Britain's most senior police officer Cressida Dick said police resourcing needed to be revised.

 

 

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