Pak-origin terrorist was a brainwashed follower of extremist

Faith Castro
June 7, 2017

The three attackers were shot dead by police after driving into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbing people in Borough Market.

"After chairing a meeting of the government's crisis response committee on Monday morning, May said the official threat level remained at "severe", meaning an attack was highly likely, and additional security measures were in place".

Scotland Yard said he was known to police and MI5 but there was no intelligence to suggest an attack.

One unnamed man told BBC one of the attackers had become more extreme over the past two years.

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

British police are stretched by the number of people they believe could potentially commit an act of terrorism.

Pressure on May intensified Monday when she faced a volley of questions over police cuts from journalists at a campaign event.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said Monday that the country needed to rethink police resourcing and strategy.

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

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A vigil was held at Potters Field Park near London Bridge to remember the victims.

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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.

Christine Archibald, a 30-year-old Canadian woman who moved to Europe to be with her fiancé, was struck by the van on London Bridge.

ISIS said its "soldiers" carried out the attack.

"And that day I realised that I need to contact the authorities", he said.

A source claiming to be a former friend of the killer told the U.K.'s Sun he also was excommunicated from a mosque due to his extremist views.

Details of the investigation had been kept closely under wraps, in stark contrast to last month's Manchester bombing, when photos and information from the investigation were repeatedly leaked to the United States media, triggering a row between the British and American governments.

Both men lived in the same area of east London.

Khan, the first Muslim to be elected mayor of a major Western European city, was among those who denounced the ideology behind the recent attacks."I am angry and furious that these three men are seeking to justify their actions by using the faith that I belong to", Khan said.

Tales of heroism emerged, with one British Transport Police officer taking on the attackers armed only with his baton before being stabbed in the head, face and leg.

"All of a sudden we saw this individual speaking to the kids. showing them how to pray".

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