British police named two of the three men who left a trail of bloodshed with a van and knife attack in central London and appealed for the public’s help on Monday to learn more about their movements in the days leading up to the deadly rampage that killed seven people and left dozens wounded.
Khuram Shazad Butt was a 27-year-old Pakistani-born Briton known to authorities, according to a statement issued by London Police. Rachid Redouane, who had claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan, variously given his age as 30 or 25 and also used Elkhdar as a surname, was unknown until the night the two were shot dead along with a third attacker who has not been identified, police said.
Ten others who were arrested in the east London neighbourhood of Barking where the two named suspects had lived remained in custody.
The pair and one other man were shot dead by police after killing seven people and injuring 48.
They drove their hired van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing people in the area around Borough Market.
Assistant Commander Mark Rowley said: “Inquiries are ongoing to confirm the identity of their accomplice.”
Butt was the supposed ringleader of the London Bridge terror attack who was photographed on the ground wearing an Arsenal football shirt with canisters strapped to his body.
Butt previously appeared in the Channel 4 documentary The Jihadis Next Door, which warned of the rise of extreme Islam in London, The Telegraph reported.
Butt had been reported to the anti-terror police on at least two occasions, it claimed.
Rachid is believed to be the attacker who was carrying an ID card issued in Ireland when he was shot dead. There are unconfirmed reports that he may have claimed to be from Morocco and that he was married to an Irish woman and had lived in Dublin, the paper said.