Date
14 December 2017
British police have identified Khuram Shazad Butt (L) and Rachid Redouane among the three men shot dead following the terror attacks in London on Saturday. Credit: Reuters.
British police have identified Khuram Shazad Butt (L) and Rachid Redouane among the three men shot dead following the terror attacks in London on Saturday. Credit: Reuters.

UK police name two of London attackers

British police revealed the identities of two of the three men who carried out Saturday’s terror attack in London, saying one of the Islamic militants had been investigated by authorities in the past.

Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, and Rachid Redouane, 30, were among those shot dead by police following the London Bridge and Borough Market incidents, Reuters reports. 

Butt, a British citizen born in Pakistan, had been investigated by security agencies earlier but he was not deemed enough of a threat to warrant close monitoring, police were quoted as saying.

Authorities said they were still trying to identify the third attacker.

In Britain’s third Islamist attack in as many months, three men on Saturday rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before running into the Borough Market area, where they slit throats and stabbed people indiscriminately.

Seven people were killed and dozens wounded in the rampage.

All three attackers were shot dead by police, who made at least a dozen arrests in east London on Sunday and carried out further raids on Monday.

Police said Butt had been investigated by police and Britain’s domestic spy agency MI5 earlier, but he was not deemed enough of a threat to warrant tight monitoring.

The disclosure raises questions about the police’s judgment and increases pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May, who three days before a national election is facing criticism for overseeing cuts to police during her years as interior minister, Reuters noted.

Saturday’s rampage followed a suicide bomb attack which killed 22 adults and children at a concert in Manchester two weeks ago, and an attack in March when five people died after a van was driven into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge.

May described the latest incident as “an attack on the free world”.

Police said they had to prioritize resources on suspects who were believed to be preparing an attack or providing active support for one.

Butt did not fall into this category when they last investigated him.

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