London: Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane have been identified as two of the three London Bridge terrorist attackers who killed as many as 7 people and injured around 48 people this past Saturday. Authorities claim that around two dozen people are still in serious condition and being treated in different hospitals in London.
While officials said that 27-year old Khuram Shazad Butt was a British Citizen but was born in Pakistan, while 30-year old Rachid Redouane is said to be of Libyan or Moroccan origin. The two terrorists, along with their third accomplice were shot dead by London Police, almost eight minutes after carnage was started. Officials claimed while they have identified the third terrorist too, they have withheld releasing his identity.
The terrorist attacks in London and in Manchester some two weeks ago have been life changing experience for many Britons and others who have been impacted by these senseless bouts of violence.
A CNN report while talking about the identifications of the London terrorist attackers said that police and MI5 — the UK’s counterintelligence and security agency — were familiar with Butt, but there was no intelligence to suggest the weekend attack was being planned.
In the meantime, reports claim that British Prime Minister Theresa May faced a barrage of questions Monday on deep cuts made to police numbers in the UK while she was Home Secretary. Authorities also faced scrutiny over what they knew about the alleged perpetrators of the attack. The carnage is the third such terror attack on British soil in three months and the second in London involving the use of vehicles as weapons.
Authorities have said that they are going to increase security measures at London Bridge, to make the area safer for common people and tourists who throng it in their thousands on daily basis. On Monday, concrete barricades had been erected to separate pedestrians from vehicles on some of the city’s major bridges.
Earlier, UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, in a forceful statement said that the terrorists must be defeated. “In terms of their planning and execution, the recent attacks are not connected. But we believe we are experiencing a new trend in the threat we face, as terrorism breeds terrorism, and perpetrators are inspired to attack not only on the basis of carefully-constructed plots after years of planning and training – and not even as lone attackers radicalised online – but by copying one another and often using the crudest of means of attack…We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are. Things need to change, and they need to change in 4 important ways”.
“First, while the recent attacks are not connected by common networks, they are connected in one important sense. They are bound together by the single, evil ideology of Islamist extremism that preaches hatred, sows division, and promotes sectarianism…It is an ideology that claims our Western values of freedom, democracy and human rights are incompatible with the religion of Islam. It is an ideology that is a perversion of Islam and a perversion of the truth…Defeating this ideology is one of the great challenges of our time. But it cannot be defeated through military intervention alone. It will not be defeated through the maintenance of a permanent, defensive counter-terrorism operation, however skilful its leaders and practitioners”, she went on to add.