British Police Identify 2 Attackers From London Terror Attack

Khuram Shazad Butt (left) and Rachid Redouane were killed within minutes of Saturday’s attack on London Bridge, British detectives say. (Metropolitan Police Department)

London Metropolitan Police have identified two of the three attackers involved in Saturday’s violent rampage on and around London Bridge, releasing photos of Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane and asking the public for help in tracing their movements.

Police shot and killed the three attackers within eight minutes of the initial emergency call about the attack that killed seven people. Detectives are still working to identify the third attacker.

Both Butt and Redouane had been living in Barking, east London, police say. The department adds that while Butt “was known to the police and MI5,” the agencies had no reason to believe he was involved in planning the attack. Redouane was not known to the authorities, according to the police.

“I urge anyone with information about these men, their movements before the attack and where they frequented to come forward,” Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said.

Butt, 27, “was a British citizen who was born in Pakistan,” police said, while Redouane, 30, “had claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan” and had also used the name Rachid Elkhdar.

On Monday evening in London, a massive crowd gathered at Potters Field, adjacent to London Bridge, to hold a vigil and pay tribute to those slain and the survivors of the attack.

In an update on the victims of the violence that started on London Bridge and continued in Borough Market, officials said Monday that of the 48 people who were taken to the hospital, “36 are currently being cared for in London hospitals with 18 remaining in a critical condition.”

“This was an attack on London and the United Kingdom, but it was also an attack on the free world,” British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday.

“The police are working hard to establish the identity of all those who were tragically killed or injured in the event on Saturday night,” May added. “But it is now clear that, sadly, victims came from a number of nationalities.”

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SOURCE: NPR, Merrit Kennedy