Police name two London attackers; 12 arrested in raids

More people were detained in early morning raids by police in east London on Monday, as Prime Minister Theresa May said the UK threat level remains at 'severe'.VIDEO: REUTERS
People gathering yesterday to mourn at a makeshift memorial on the south side of London Bridge near Borough Market, where flowers have been placed to remember the victims of the terror attack.
People gathering yesterday to mourn at a makeshift memorial on the south side of London Bridge near Borough Market, where flowers have been placed to remember the victims of the terror attack.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • The names of the three men who killed seven people and injured 48 in last Saturday night's attack in London are known to the police. Two of the names were released yesterday evening: Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, and Rachid Redouane, 30.

Both were from Barking in east London.

Butt was known to security services but there was no evidence of "attack planning".

Militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has claimed responsibility for the attack.

More gunshots were heard yesterday morning as fresh raids were carried out by the police in east London - in Newham and Barking - to find out if more people were involved in planning the attack.

Twelve people were arrested in Barking on Sunday after armed raids at a flat which was believed to be the home of one of the attackers.

Meanwhile, one of the seven victims killed in Saturday night's attack has been named as Ms Christine Archibald from Canada.

In the wake of the attack, Prime Minister Theresa May's record has become a hot issue ahead of Thursday's general election, and the ruling Conservatives - traditionally popular on the issue of security - have found themselves on the back foot.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn yesterday called on Mrs May to quit, pointing to the loss of 20,000 police jobs, mostly during her six years as interior minister under Mr David Cameron.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and several other countries severed ties with Qatar yesterday, accusing it of supporting terrorism and opening up the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world.

 

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