3rd French victim of London Bridge attacks confirmed

Members of the public walk past flowers on the south side of London Bridge close to Borough Market

Members of the public walk past flowers on the south side of London Bridge close to Borough Market

British police have named the third London Bridge attacker as 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba and said he is believed to be an Italian national of Moroccan descent. Eight people were killed and dozens were injured. All that, as well as details of additional incriminating material found in a search of his mother's home, was passed on to British security agencies in May past year, according to Italian authorities. Choudary's now-banned al-Muhajiroun group was linked to one of Butt's alleged connections, Sajeel Shahid, according to the British government official who again spoke on condition of anonymity. But media reports in Italy said Italian authorities had alerted their British counterparts about his movements. Italy has expelled more than 40 people in the past two years who were suspected of radicalisation activities but for whom there was insufficient evidence to bring formal charges.

At the time of the attack he was working in a London restaurant and continued to have contacts with his mother in Italy, which he visited past year.

The death toll from Saturday's terrorist attack in London has risen to eight, the city's Metropolitan Police said Wednesday. A new search was underway Tuesday in Ilford, just north of Barking, as authorities tried to determine whether the group had accomplices. But Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, stated "there was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned and the investigation had been prioritized accordingly".

The Islamic State militant group, which is losing territory in Syria and Iraq to an offensive backed by a USA -led coalition, claimed responsibility for the London Bridge attack, though it is unclear whether the attackers had links to the group.

At least two of the men were known to British intelligence and law-enforcement officials, raising questions about whether anything could have been done to prevent the assault.

As details about the Pakistan-born jihadist emerged, questions were asked of why security services did nothing to stop the 27 year old, who was a known Islamist. The second man, Rachid Redouane, had not aroused any suspicions. Butt did not fall into that category when they last investigated him.

"There's an election on Thursday, that's the chance", he said, citing an "appalling" cut in police staffing levels.

The father of two young children was a keen gym-goer and weightlifter, neighbours said.

Transport for London (TfL) confirmed he worked for London Underground as a trainee customer services assistant for six months until he left in October. He and Butt both lived in Barking.

Nasir Dar condemned the sickening terror attack carried out by his nephew, 27-year-old Khuram Butt, and said he could not understand why he slaughtered seven innocent people.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who called the snap election in hopes of strengthening her mandate for discussions over Britain's exit from the European Union, has come under fire for the cuts to police numbers in recent years.

During that time, police numbers have dropped by roughly 20,000 officers, and the number of armed officers has fallen as well. Borough Market, a popular gathering place, remains closed as more evidence is gathered. Much of the area around London Bridge remained cordoned off as commuters struggled to work in the driving rain.

A minute's silence was observed in Britain at 11 a.m. local time (1000 GMT) in memory of those killed during the attack.

The Met said that family liaison officers had been deployed to support the families of the victims killed in Saturday's attack.

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