Third London Bridge attacker named

Police on Monday named two of the attackers and said they were trying to identify the third.

All 12 people arrested on Sunday after the attack have now been released without charge, the Metropolitan Police said.

In a rare glimpse into the weeklong investigation, police released details on Saturday that showed Khuram Butt originally tried to rent a 7.5 ton truck.

Borough Market remains closed but on Saturday the final cordon was lifted at London Bridge following last Saturday's barbaric attack. Police believe the suspects meant to use the explosive mixture for another wave of attacks. Police arrested several people and are widening their investigation af. Nearly 50 were wounded. All three of the attackers were shot dead by police.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said it was fair to ask how the attackers "slipped through our net".

Security has become a key issue in the run-up to Thursday's general election. Eventually Amri made his way to Germany, assumed a false identity, and then applied for asylum.

London's night czar comedian Amy Lame, who was appointed by Mr Khan past year, said London's nightlife was "its heart and soul".

Meanwhile, the prime minister of Spain said Ignacio Echeverría, 39, who died defending a woman with his skateboard, should be given a posthumous award - the Silver Cross of the Order of Civil Merit. "This has destroyed our family's pride".

Butt, a 27-year-old British national born in Pakistan, had appeared in a British TV documentary broadcast last year called "The Jihadis Next Door". His phone contained Islamic State propaganda. The men were followers of Anjem Choudary, a preacher who was jailed for his support of the Islamic State and who once praised the September 11 attackers.

A friend told the BBC Asian Network he reported Butt to the anti-terror hotline after he began expressing increasingly radical views and justifying terror attacks, but he was never arrested.

"But as you point out, highly volatile people who are intent on doing something absolutely awful and who are quite happy - maybe even pleased - to kill themselves and to use a low tech methods - these are hard things to defend against". He was also accused of training other terror suspects in Britain, though Shahid's whereabouts were not immediately confirmed late Tuesday.

The Times publishes CCTV footage of the attackers plotting just days before Saturday's atrocity. He also worked at Kentucky Fried Chicken and used a gym in east London.

The surveillance camera footage shows the first police auto rolling forward as the attackers lunge at a man to stab him during the late night attacks.

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The alert to British authorities was a routine communication about a potential suspect, rather than an emergency red flag. "That's where the question of resources comes into play".

An official involved in the efforts said the arrests focused on members of the pro-ISIS group al Muhajiroun and likened it to "going after Al Capone for tax evasion".

The others killed in the attack have been named as Australians Sara Zelenak and Kirsty Boden, Canadian national Chrissy Archibald, James McMullan, from Hackney, London, and French national Alexandre Pigeard. British officials could not immediately confirm the reports.

Zaghba had been detained in March 2016 at Marconi Airport in the northern Italian city of Bologna when about to board a flight to Istanbul, according to Ansa.

Zaghba visited her at her home near Bologna several times and in March 2016, after being stopped at Bologna airport, he was investigated for possible global terrorist activity but released, according to the newspaper.

"He was always exhausted", Melissa said.

"I understand and agree with their choice because it is necessary to send a strong political message", Collina said. "He was someone who was suspicious because of his way of behaving".

The officer, who had been on the job for less than two years, was one of the first on the scene. Zaghba's Italian citizenship prevented such an expulsion, Italian daily Repubblica reported.

Collina said her son had been enticed to try to go to Syria by a "fantasy that was transmitted by Internet" in which he thought he could "live according to pure Islam", but that he did not mention wanting to fight there.

"Please honour her by making your community a better place".

Between 2009-2016, the number of police officers fell by nearly 20,000, or around 14 per cent, according to the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies think tank.

Police are appealing for more information about the knife used in the attack.

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