UK police name two London attackers, say one investigated before

Friday, 09 Jun, 2017

Two of the London Bridge terrorists have been named by Scotland Yard as Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane.

East London residents Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane were named in a police statement Monday.

"The fact that the response time to these attacks was really quite quick, and the authorities didn't hesitate to shoot these individuals down, is a reflection of the fact that the police are on the front foot", said Raffaello Pantucci, director of global security studies at the Royal United Services Institute in London.

Transport for London has confirmed he worked for nearly six months in 2016 as a trainee customer services assistant, leaving in October. He was a trainee customer services assistant with London Underground for less than six months, before leaving in October, a Transport for London spokesperson said.

The Metropolitan Police also said in a statement that specialist officers were working with families and the coroner to identify those who died in the attack. All three attackers were shot dead at the scene by police.

At least 12 people were arrested Sunday, including five men and seven women ranging in age from 19 to 60. Spain's government says it is "deeply saddened" after receiving confirmation by British authorities that Echeverria was among the victims. She also went on to say that there was too much tolerance of Islamist extremism. Opponents have lambasted her for cutting police numbers by 20,000 when she was interior minister between 2010 and 2016.

An investigation is under way to establish the identity of the third accomplice - and detectives have asked for people with information about any of these men to come forward.

Police said there would be "increased physical measures on London's bridges to keep the public safe".

A separate vehicle-ramming attack in March on Westminster Bridge left four dead, including the suspect.

The simplicity of the latest assault is in contrast to the attack on May 22nd at the Manchester Arena, in which a relatively sophisticated bomb was used to kill 22 people and injure more than 100.

Pressure on May intensified when she faced a volley of questions over police cuts from journalists at a campaign event. May insisted that her record was sound, saying that she had introduced a raft of anti-terror legislation as Home Secretary.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said Monday that the country needed to rethink police resourcing and strategy.

An investigation was opened into his behaviour after concerns had reached counter-terrorism officers.

"She exemplified what matters to us in social work, and that's the capacity to see the challenging circumstances that someone finds themselves in and be prepared to work with them to cope as best they can with life's circumstances", he said. Earlier Wednesday, Spain had urged British authorities to speed up the identification of the dead and wounded in the London Bridge attacks to spare families more suffering.

Sadiq Khan, London's first Muslim mayor, promised the gathered crowd that terrorism would not win in its desire to instill fear.

"Today I want to return to the choice people face in three days time".

Reports said the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, though experts raised doubts about the authenticity of the claim.

NBC News reported Monday that an American bystander was shot in the head by a stray bullet fired by police toward the attackers during the incident on London Bridge and in nearby Borough Market on Saturday night.