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London Bridge attacker visited Pakistan four years ago

10 June 2017, 07:06 | Bernice Figueroa

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Youssef Zaghba, the third man identified as one of the authors of Saturday's deadly attack in London, was intercepted previous year en route to Syria and signalled to Britain as a possible militant, Italian authorities said Tuesday.

The mother of Yousef Zaghba, one of the three men responsible for the deadly vehicle and stabbing attack on London Bridge, says she never believed her son's terrorist intentions, especially after years of close police surveillance.

In a letter posted outside Tuesday, the Ummah Fitness Centre said staff would "help the police in any way we can" as investigators try to learn more about Khuram Shazad Butt, who was one of those who rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and then slashed and stabbed people in nearby Borough Market.

Seven victims were killed and dozens injured in the spree, which ended when armed police shot dead the perpetrators just eight minutes after the first emergency call.

On Tuesday the third attacker was named as Youssef Zaghba, an Italian national of Moroccan descent, who was living in east London.

Zoghba was born in the Moroccan city of Fez in January 1995.

Questions over the extent to which the terror gang were known to security services have been mounting since it was revealed the other attacker, Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, had been investigated in 2015. London Mayor Sadiq Khan also took part in the ceremony.

When she saw the news about the attacks in London on Saturday night, she tried to call him and became anxious when she couldn't reach him.

His mother said her son used to show her videos of Syria and wanted to go "because it was a place where you could live according to a pure Islam". "Neighbors say he tried to radicalize their kids in a public park".


"I understand that asking to be forgiven means nothing, that's why I promise to dedicate my life to ensuring this does not happen again", she said.

She was said to have told police a year ago that he had asked her for money to travel to Rome before he left on his attempted trip to Syria.

The arrest comes as security services face growing questions over their monitoring of the three attackers in the lead up to the attack.

A neighbour, Ken Chigbo, claimed the attacker, wearing the same Arsenal shirt, had come to ask him about hiring a van hours before the atrocity.

The British police stated that London attack has no connections with Pakistan, reported Nawa-e-Waqt.

"The arrest was planned beforehand and there was no direct threat to the airport", Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.

Butt was featured in a 2015 documentary titled "the Jihadi's next door" and was known to United Kingdom authorities.

Although they lived separately, he in Morocco, she in London, Redouane applied for an Irish visa in 2014 under rules covering marriage to an European Union citizen, according to the report.

Charisse O'Leary said she has "shed many tears for the people caught up in this horrific incident" since discovering Rachid Redouane was one of the three attackers.



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