London Terror Attack Suspects Identified: One Is British Citizen Who Was ‘Known’ to Police
London police have identified the three men believed to be responsible for a terror attack in the British capital on Saturday, which killed seven and injured dozens more.
Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, and 30-year-old Rachid Redouane were named as two of the suspects, London’s Metropolitan Police said Monday.
On Tuesday, police named 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba as the third suspect.
Authorities noted in Monday’s statement that their identities are “not official but detectives believe this is who it is.”
According to authorities, Butt, Redouane and Zaghba drove a white van into pedestrians on London Bridge about 10:10 p.m. local time Saturday. The men were armed with knives and then left their vehicle to stab “numerous people” in the area of nearby Borough Market, police said.
The three assailants were all shot dead by responding officers less than eight minutes after they were first called.
Butt was a British citizen, born in Pakistan, who “was known to the police and MI5,” according to authorities.
“However, there was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned,” they said, adding. “The other , Rachid Redouane, was not known.”
Redouane claimed to be both Libyan and Moroccan and also went by the name “Rachid Elkhdar,” police said. He and Butt lived in Barking in east London.
Authorities believe Zaghba was an Italian citizen born in Morocco and was not known to investigators before the attack.
The assault left 48 people hospitalized and several officers were injured, according to police. Identification is pending for most of the dead.
Eighteen people remained in critical condition, police said Monday.
The first fatal victim was identified as Canadian national Christine “Chrissy” Archibald.
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“I would urge anyone with information about these men, their movements in the days and hours before the attack and the places they frequented to come forward,” Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said in Monday’s statement.
“The police and our partners are doing everything we can across the country to help prevent further attacks and protect the public from harm.”
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