Third London Bridge terrorist was Italian national of Moroccan descent

Third London Bridge terrorist was Italian national of Moroccan descent

Third London Bridge terrorist was Italian national of Moroccan descent

British police arrested a man under counter terrorism laws on Wednesday as part of an investigation into the London Bridge attack.

London police said Zaghba, 22, was an Italian national of Moroccan descent who had been living in the east of the capital.

Seven people were killed and dozens wounded on Saturday when three men rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and then went on the rampage through the bustling Borough Market area where they slit throats and stabbed people.

Born in Fez, Morocco, in January 1995, Youssef Zaghba is the son of a Moroccan naturalised Italian and an Italian woman who converted to Islam.

Earlier in the day, it was reported that London attack ringleader Khuram Butt was identified as a major potential threat, which led to an investigation starting in 2015.

The Jabir Bin Zayid Islamic Centre, where Butt occasionally worshipped, said that "some years ago after interrupting a Friday sermon he was asked to leave the mosque".

The death toll from the London Bridge attack has risen to eight as pressure on British authorities intensified amid new questions about how the terrorists slipped through the net.

Italian police confirmed to CBS News that Zaghba's father is Moroccan, his mother is Italian, and that Zaghba did not live in Italy. "That does require obviously vigilance but it does require proper resources and therefore cutting police numbers and not funding sufficiently those that are involved in security is a problem", he said. "Neighbors say he tried to radicalize their kids in a public park". When questioned by police at the airport about the reasons for his journey, he replied: "I'm going to be a terrorist".

Butt was shown unfurling a black ISIS flag on a show called The Jihadis Next Door, screened four months before he got a customer services job at Transport for London in May 2016.

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Housewife Erica Gasparri (42), told The Times of London she had reported the suspect to police past year after challenging him in a park near a school.

Questions are being raised about whether British police missed crucial warning signs that could have prevented the attack.

London Bridge attacker Butt then speaks to the camera.

It had been set at "critical" in the days after the Manchester concert bombing on May 22 that killed 22 people - reflecting a judgment that an attack might be imminent because accomplices with similar bombs might be on the loose.

He had notably featured in a Channel 4 television documentary about extremists and, according to the British media, numerous people alarmed by his views had gone to the authorities.

Redouane married a British citizen in Ireland in 2012 and was not under surveillance, Irish prime minister Enda Kenny said.

They said one arrest had been made on Tuesday. Turkey has been routinely used by radical Islamists as a route into areas of Syria controlled by Islamic State.

Ten men remain in custody for questioning, while a total of eight people have now been released without charge, Greater Manchester Police said.

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