United Kingdom police names two London attackers, says one previously known to them


Their names were given as Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane.

The photos of the two Daesh terrorists, Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane were shared on the Twitter account of the Metropolitan police. Redouane also is said to have used another identity, that of Rachid Elkhdar.

"There's an election on Thursday, that's the chance", he said, citing an "appalling" cut in police staffing levels.

The identity of the third attacker is yet to be confirmed. Three men fled the van with large knives and attacked people at bars and restaurants in nearby Borough Market, police and witnesses said.

Butt was the supposed ringleader of the London Bridge terror attack who was photographed on the ground wearing an Arsenal football shirt with canisters strapped to his body. All three men were shot dead following the incident, which left seven people dead and dozens more injured.

Of the 48 people taken to hospital after the attack, 36 are now being treated in London hospitals while 18 remain in critical condition, the statement said. Raids in East London, where the attackers lived, yielded 12 arrests, but all have since been released - with the exception of a 27-year-old male who was taken into custody on Tuesday. One of the properties is believed to be the home of one of the attackers.

While reports in the Irish press stated that one of the three attackers has a Scottish wife.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said victims included a "number of nationalities", saying it was "an attack on the free world". Her family said she died in her fiancé's arms after being struck by the speeding van.

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Dick said the attack was "ghastly", but that Londoners are pulling together and refusing to be cowed by extremists.

It had been set at "critical" in the days after the Manchester concert bombing on May 22 that killed 22 people - reflecting a judgment that an attack might be imminent because accomplices with similar bombs might be on the loose.

May held an emergency meeting earlier today to organize the government's response to the attack, the third deadly terrorist event to hit the U.K.in less than three months.

She said she would like more resources, but did not want all police in Britain to carry guns.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the brazen attack that started on London Bridge, then continued in the streets surrounding Borough Market.

A message from Muslim faith leaders was read outside New Scotland Yard by Met Commander Mak Chishty urging the community to "root out the scourge of terrorism which hides amongst their own people and masquerades as Islam". More than one person was killed during the attacks, according to the BBC.

Flowers by the police cordon outside The Shard in London as a tribute to victims. Zaghba's Italian citizenship prevented such an expulsion, Italian daily Repubblica said.