Unarmed London cop who fought attackers in critical condition


British police on Tuesday (June 6) searched a house in Ilford, east London believed to be linked to one of the London Bridge attackers.

British police on Tuesday named the third London Bridge attacker as an Italian national of Moroccan descent, and Italian officials said they had passed on their concerns about him to British intelligence officials past year.

The Italian reports said Zaghba was intercepted at the Bologna airport previous year as he was about to board a plane for Turkey, apparently with the intention of joining Islamic State militants in Syria.

British authorities said on Monday that he was not known to them but the Italians say that they shared information about him with other European countries, including Britain. Rachid Redouane, who had claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan, variously given his age as 30 or 25 and also used Elkhdar as a surname, was unknown until the night the two were shot dead along with a third attacker who has not been identified, police said.

"They believe two of the men are Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane, both from Barking, east London".

Police said they were still working to establish the identity of the third attacker.

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Daesh had claimed responsibility for London attack, as it did for the Manchester bombing almost two weeks ago, in which 22 were killed.

Their comments came not long after Charisse O'Leary, the former wife of fellow jihadist Rachid Redouane, blasted the trio in a statement of her own.

British police arrested a man under counter terrorism laws on Wednesday as part of an investigation into the London Bridge attack.

He defended the actions of the security services.

Just two days before the United Kingdom election, Prime Minister Theresa May has faced a barrage of criticism for cutting 20,000 officers from police forces in her time as Home Secretary.

Butt, also known as Abu Zaitun, 27, appeared on Channel 4's The Jihadis Next Door and lived in Barking.

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According to police, Khurram Butt was on the list of authorities and MI5 but was considered as "low priority".

Tributes are being paid to the people killed in the attacks on London Bridge and Borough Market as details of the victims emerge.

Mr Rowley said that while Butt, who reportedly went by the name Abu Zaitun and was known to neighbours by the nickname "Abs/z", was known to the security services, there was no evidence of "attack planning" by him. Police arrested several people and are widening their investigation after a series of attacks descr.

A British Transport Police officer also faced all three attackers with only his baton.

The 27-year-old was one of three men who struck pedestrians on London Bridge with a rented van before stabbing diners and drinkers at bars and restaurants in Borough Market while wearing fake suicide vests.

Since 2010, when the Conservatives entered government, the number of police officers has fallen from 145,948 to 126,766 in March 2016, according to Home Office figures cited by ITV.

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