London terror: ISIS claim attack was REVENGE for RAF Manchester bomb

Frederick Owens
June 8, 2017

Twelve of the people arrested as part of police investigations have been released wtihout charge, police added.

British police today named the third of the jihadis who killed seven people in a knife and van attack in London, and an Italian newspaper said he had been flagged to Britain as a possible militant by Italian authorities.

Security has become a key issue in the run-up to Thursday's general election.

Another Twitter user - Sgt.Big_Bubbles! - said on his account @Big_Bubbaloola that "the people hating on this guy are blatantly NOT British".

The Manchester attacker, Abedi was known to the security services, but not thought to be high risk, however police and security services have begun an investigation after it was alleged that he had been reported under the Prevent program, which police initially denied.

On Monday, London Metropolitan Police said Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, born in Pakistan, and Rachid Redouane, 30, claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan, both from Barking, east London, are believed to be the attackers.

James McMullan, from Hackney, was last seen outside the Barrowboy and Banker pub on Saturday night, before the attackers brought carnage to London Bridge.

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The Islamic State group claimed responsibility. Butt did not fall into that category when they last investigated him.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said questions would need to be asked about what the police knew about Butt.

Britain's government and local authorities are working closely with the police to guarantee security around the national election, and robust plans have been in place for weeks, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokeswoman said on Monday.

The latest opinion poll, by Survation for ITV, showed the Conservatives' lead narrowing to just one point from six points in the same poll a week earlier.

The number of police officers in England and Wales fell by nearly 20,000 between 2010 and 2016 - years when May, as home secretary, was in charge of policing.

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. Paolo Santalucia contributed from Rome.

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