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British police name third London Bridge attacker as Youssef Zaghba

Zaghba, 22, was one of the three perpetrators shot dead by police during Saturday's terrorist attack in central London. The 27-year-old was held under the Terrorism Act shortly after 8am on Tuesday. They have not been identified or charged.

A total of 19 people have been arrested in Britain as part of the terror probe, 12 of whom have been released without charge.

The revelation of the identity of the third man who carried out the London Bridge murders has highlighted an added global dimension to the terrorist plot, as well as raising fresh claims of a serious failure of intelligence.

After questioning him, police phoned his mother who, according to the source, said she had been anxious about her son because he had been talking about jihad.

Jibril Palomba, who lives close to Butt's east London home, said he was anxious Butt had been radicalizing kids, telling them things like, "If you are not Muslim, you do not follow in the religion of Muslim ... you're basically going to hell".

It is claimed that he knew Siddhartha Dhar, a Hindu who converted to Islam and joined Isis in Syria. She says: "When I went to England, he was a bit more rigid, but not so much".

London's Metropolitan Police said Zaghba had not been on their radar before Saturday, despite the Italian warning. He said eight other French citizens were injured in the attacks.

Two uniformed police officers were stationed outside a house in Fairfield Road, Ilford, on Tuesday evening.

Scotland Yard has named the other two terrorists involved in the London Bridge attack as Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane.

Although news of her son's death came as a shock, she said she could only share the pain of the victims' families.

Butt, who was born in Pakistan and moved to Britain as a child, had worked in 2015 in the office at Auriga Holdings Ltd, which manages some Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises in Britain. KFC spokeswoman Jules Pars said Wednesday that Butt worked there in 2015. Reports in the Italian media said he was stopped in Bologna.

Both Butt and Zaghba were known to British law enforcement, raising questions about whether anything could have been done to prevent the assault.

Zaghba, a 22-year-old with dual Moroccan-Italian nationality, was briefly detained after being stopped at the airport in Bologna, central Italy in March 2016.




According to the reports, the British and Moroccan secret services were notified of Zaghba's status as a potential militant.

The Italian authorities had also informed their counterparts in Morocco about Zaghba.

"His computer was seized but the court that reviewed the authorisation ordered it be handed back on the grounds there was no supporting evidence for the existence of a crime".

He is said to have had one backpack with him, and a one-way ticket.

The prosecutor said Italy had lacked the evidence to prosecute Zaghba, but had warned Britain about him. "But he had Internet and that's where everything comes from", she said.

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"In fact he never lived here", said the mayor, Daniele Ruscigno. But she put much of the blame for her son's radicalization on Islamic propaganda found on the internet.

It is thought that Choudary played a key role in Butt's radicalization, according to a British government official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about the ongoing investigation.

The fact that Butt was known to authorities before to the attacks has called into question Prime Minister Theresa May's record.

Outrage is already growing in Britain over the revelation that one of the other London attackers was a known extremist who had slipped through the net.

As details about the jihadists have emerged, May has faced questions about her record of overseeing cuts to police numbers when she was interior minister.

"The men then ran down a set of stairs and began stabbing people at a number of different pubs and restaurants in Borough Market, a historic fruit and vegetable market".

Associated Press writer Nicole Winfield in Rome contributed.

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