Two London Bridge Attackers Named as Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane

Two London Bridge Attackers Named as Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane

The ringleader of the London Bridge terror attack who was photographed on the ground with canisters strapped to his body was today named by police as Khuram Butt

Butt, 27, of Barking, East London, is believed to have led the trio of terrorists who ploughed into pedestrians using a hired van, before stabbing revellers in pubs and bars on Saturday night.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said Butt was known to police and MI5 but said there had been no evidence of "attack planning" and he had been deemed as a 'low priority.'

A second man Rachid Redouane, 30, was named by police as one of the other two attackers.  Redouane, a pastry chef, was unknown to police.  Redouane, a Moroccan-Libyan, also used the name Rachid Elkhdar, and claimed to be six years younger than his true age and lived in a tower block in Dagenham, not far from Butt.

Redouane had recently been living in Rathmines, Dublin until late 2016, according to Irish police sources.  Among those arrested in London on Sunday were Charisse O’Leary, 38, the mother of Redouane’s 18-month-old daughter.

The third man, who has not yet been named, is not a UK citizen. 

Butt, a British citizen born in Pakistan, was known to the police and MI5, and a member of public had reported him to an anti-terror hotline.

The investigation into Butt was started in 2015, "however, there was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned and the investigation had been prioritised accordingly," Mr Rowley said.

He added: "Work is ongoing to understand more about them, their connections and whether they were assisted or supported by anyone else."

It is not yet known how the two men named knew each other.

Of the seven women and five men arrested since the attack a man and a woman have subsequently been released.

Today it emerged that Butt had appeared in the Channel 4 documentary The Jihadis Next Door, which warned of the rise of extreme Islam in London.

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