British police identify 3rd London attacker as Italian of Moroccan descent

British police identify 3rd London attacker as Italian of Moroccan descent

British police identify 3rd London attacker as Italian of Moroccan descent

British police say that they believe 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba, an Italian of Moroccan descent, was the third attacker in Saturday's violent rampage in London that killed seven people.

However, Scotland Yard said Zaghba, who was living in east London and reportedly worked in a restaurant in the capital, was not a police or MI5 "subject of interest".

Saturday night's rampage, in which Butt, Zaghba and Rachid Redouane drove into pedestrians on London Bridge before slitting throats and stabbing people in the bustling Borough Market area, was Britain's third Islamist attack in as many months.

Meanwhile, government officials, politicians, police officers and many others across Britain observed a one-minute silence at 11 am (1000 GMT) to remember the victims of the attack, which killed seven people and injured dozens.

Italy's the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported that Zaghba was born in Fez in 1995 to a Moroccan father and an Italian mother.

He was arrested past year while trying to travel to Syria, but apparently had no problem entering the UK, The Telegraph pointed out with some acidity. He was allegedly on his way to Syria and was carrying only a backpack.

"I'm calling on all Londoners to pull together, and send a clear message around the world that our city will never be divided by these ugly individuals who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life", Khan said.

She says she is disappointed more was not done to monitor Butt's movements by authorities. The parents lived for a time in Morocco before separating when the mother returned to Italy and re-established herself in Bologna.

Spain urged British authorities to speed up the identification of the dead and wounded in the London Bridge attacks to spare more suffering to the relatives who have been looking for a 39-year-old Spanish banker.

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A search warrant is being executed at an address in Barking, the Met said.

On Monday, people who lived in the same housing project as Mr. Butts in the east London district of Barking said he shared a one-bedroom flat with his wife and two children.

The arrest early Friday brings the number of people being held in Saturday's attack to four.

The London Bridge attack ringleader Khuram Butt was considered a potential threat to British security and was still under active investigation at the time he carried out the deadly assault, United Kingdom counter-terrorism sources have told CNN.

The Islamic State has since claimed responsibility for the attack. Politicians are pointing fingers at each other and turning up the heat on security issues with an election coming Thursday.

British security and law enforcement officials are investigating Butt as the potential ringleader of the cell, according to a security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the ongoing details.

The mother added that she had taken photos of Butt with a group of men in the park - one of whom she believes was fellow London Bridge attacker Rachid Redouane. Redouane had not aroused any suspicions.

Today it was revealed that Butt, the ringleader behind the atrocity, worked on the London Underground - after appearing in a document about British jihadis.

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