Two London Bridge Attackers Named


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

The announcement is a sign the investigation has reached a stage where the police can be confident of revealing hitherto secret details.

Sky News knew the name of at least one attacker but we didn’t publish it at the request of the security services.

We have however built up an extensive profile of Khuram Butt, his family life and career. Local to his home in east London he was known as Abu Zaitun – or Abu for short.

The 27-year-old came to Britain as a child when his parent’s sought asylum from Pakistan – and he lived in a ground-floor flat in Barking, east London. Neighbours tell a mixed picture of Butt.

One woman, who didn’t want to be named, said he stared angrily whenever he saw women cycling on the estate. She described it as “sinister” and “sexist”.

Another neighbour said they enjoyed arguing about Arsenal and whether Arsene Wenger should remain manager.

Two young boys told me he had given them sweets and £2 each in a nearby park last week. He told them they must be polite to their dads and respect their elders.

But a parent also told us that she confronted him and asked him not to speak to her children any more – fearful they were being radicalised.

An online CV shows that Butt obtained an NVQ in business administration in 2009, and a diploma in teaching English to adults in August 2016.

It lists two jobs: one at Transport for London who he joined in May of this year, and another at a company called Auriga Holdings, which we believe to be a franchise for a local KFC restaurant.

It has also been reported that Butt worked at a local gym, Topshop and a property company – although Sky News has not independently verified this.

Separately, an Irish ID card was found on the body of one of the attackers. Police in Ireland are investigating, and have been trying to establish whether he travelled to Syria.

That attacker is understood to have lived in the Rathmines area of Dublin for eighteen months between 2014 and 2016. He was of Moroccan origin and married to a Scottish wife. Many of the details raise questions about what the security services knew of the men, and whether more could have been done to stop the attacks.

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