Identities of two London Bridge attackers revealed

  • 06/06/2017

British police have named two of the three attackers who killed seven people near London Bridge late on Saturday and injured dozens more, and said one of them was previously known to the security services.

London's Metropolitan Police said one attacker was Khuram Shazad Butt, aged 27. Butt was previously known to police and domestic spy agency MI5 and was a British citizen who had been born in Pakistan, the police said.

"There are 500 current terrorism investigations, involving 3000 current subjects of interest," Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said on Monday (local time).

"A small number of the highest priority investigations involve current attack planning, and these investigations command a significant proportion of our resource.

"The remainder of our investigations focus on other activities relating to active support or facilitation of terrorism. However, there was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned and the investigation had been prioritised accordingly."

The second attacker was named as Rachid Redouane, aged 30, who also went by the identity Rachid Elkhdar and was not known to police. Redouane claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan.

Police said they were still working to establish the identity of the third attacker.

The trio's brutal assault on people in London Bridge left seven dead and 48 injured.

Christchurch man Oliver Dowling was among those injured in the Borough Market stabbing, and he was placed in an induced coma after being stabbed in the face, neck and stomach - though fortunately missed his vital organs.

Mr Dowling's girlfriend, Marie Bondeville, was also injured in the attack, according to Ms Dowling. She is not believed to be a New Zealander.

Reuters / Newshub.