Police identifies third attacker of London attack

London attack victim James McMullan

The body was recovered near Limehouse, downstream of London Bridge, on Tuesday by specialist officers from the marine police unit. The next of kin of 45-year-old Xavier Thomas were informed.

He added: "We are paying a heavy cost in these attacks". About 50 others were wounded.

Thomas was walking with his girlfriend over the bridge when the attack began.

A total of 48 people were injured and London hospitals are continuing to treat 29 people - 10 of whom are said to be in a critical condition.

In a separate investigation not linked to the London Bridge attacks, officers backed up by armed police arrested three men in east London on Thursday on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism. They have not been identified or charged.

So far, 21 people have been arrested as part of that investigation and 12 of them have been released without charge.

The police have come under scrutiny following the identification of the attackers because one of them was known to the authorities.

"Detectives investigating the terrorist attack in London Bridge on Saturday, 3 June, can confirm the number of people that were killed as a result of the attack is now eight", a spokesman said.

An Italian police source has said that Zaghba, who lived in east London, had been placed on a watch list, which is shared with many countries including the UK.

When Zaghba was stopped at the city's Marconi airport in March 2016, he had told his mother he was going to Rome. Scotland Yard said Zaghba had not been a police or MI5 "subject of interest" before the attack.

Police briefly closed off an area of London near Charing Cross train station after a suspicious package was found.

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. The company did not immediately respond to Associated Press requests for more information.

Italian police followed the correct procedures in flagging one of the London attackers to their British counterparts, Italy's senior policeman said on Wednesday, but he understands why the warning went unheeded.

The video depicts the officers arriving to the scene at Borough Market while citizens throw chairs and other debris at the attackers while stabbing a woman, The Independent reports.

Saturday's attack — the third in three months in which suspects had been on the radar of security officials — has prompted Prime Minister Theresa May to call for tougher counterterrorism laws even if it means changing human rights protections.

Butt, Redouane and Zaghba launched their rampage Saturday night when they plowed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and then jumped out to stab bystanders at nearby Borough Market.

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