Two London Attackers Named Both Muslim Migrants

From Daily-Mail:
A married father-of-two and a Moroccan-Libyan 30-year-old can now be revealed as two of the London Bridge terrorists who murdered seven people in the capital city massacre.
The killer in an Arsenal shirt can today be named as British extremist Khuram Butt who was filmed unfurling an ISIS flag on national TV and was reported to the police twice but still managed to launch murder on Britain's streets.

Butt, 27, a married father of two nicknamed 'Abz' who was born in Pakistan, was so extreme he called fellow Muslims without beards non-believers, would not speak to women directly and was banned from a mosque for berating worshippers for being 'un-Islamic'.

It also transpired tonight that he launched a vile torrent of abuse in the wake of the murder of Lee Rigby when he volleyed threats at a leading Muslim figure for speaking out against the brigadier's murderers Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale. The soldier was butchered outside barracks in Woolwich with knives back in May 2013 much in the same way Butt's victims were killed in the same city.

Butt was known to both the police and MI5 who are awaiting what they described as international confirmation before naming the third terrorist as it emerged Molotov cocktails were found in the hired vehicle used in the rampage. The force probed his extremist Islamic views two years ago, but his file slid down the priority list because it was deemed he wasn’t planning an attack.
The football fan, who worked at KFC and Transport for London, wore an Arsenal shirt under his fake suicide belt as he and two friends crashed the van into crowds on London Bridge before slashing at people with large knives murdering seven people and leaving 48 injured on Saturday night.

One of the friends has been named as Rachid Redouane - a pastry chef who was living in Ireland having married a Scottish wife. He was not on anyone's radar as a terrorist and also used the name Rachid Elkhdar, claiming to be six years younger, and the mother of his 18-month-old child is said to have been among 12 arrested and released without charge in connection with Saturday night’s attack.

The third murderer has yet to be named by the Metropolitan Police, who said although Butt was on their watch list, there was no evidence he was planning an attack and therefore his file was not deemed a priority.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley denied his force or MI5 were at fault and said: ‘In the work looking backwards that we have done so far I have not seen anything that shows a poor decision has been made.

‘Of course we will probably discover information in covert communications that if we had known about it would have changed our judgment. But I am not aware of having anything in our hands that makes these the wrong decisions.

'There was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned and the investigation had been prioritised accordingly.
'Work is ongoing to understand more about them, their connections and whether they were assisted or supported by anyone else.'

Butt's involvement is doubly embarrassing for police and the security services because he appeared in a TV documentary last year about British jihadis – and was also involved in a filmed altercation with police in a pair of Rayban sunglasses after he unfurled an ISIS flag in Regent's Park.

On Channel 4's The Jihadis Next Door he was caught on camera alongside two notorious preachers who were well known to police and intelligence officials because of their extremist views.

He was reported to the anti-terror hotline after he became radicalised by watching extremist videos on YouTube and police were later warned about the suspect radicalising children in a local park two years ago - giving them sweets and money to listen to him.

A friend said he was never contacted by the police or MI5 about his concerns, adding: 'I did my bit, I know other people did their bit but the authorities did not do their bit'.

It also transpired tonight Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, said: 'I was verballed assaulted by Khuram Butt one of the London Bridge killers the day after the brutal murder of Lee Rigby in May 2013.

'This took place on College Green, Westminster.

'Khuram Butt was with Anjem Choudhury the well known extremist and terrorist sympathiser.

'Khuram Butt called me a "Murtad" which means traitor in Arabic and accused me of being a government stooge when I confronted Anjem Choudhury about him supporting terrorism and my public
campaign against Lee Rigby's murder.

'The police turned up and Anjum, Khuram Butt and two other men were escorted away towards Millbank and I stayed in College Green.

'It is clear that Anjem Choudhury and his band of terrorist sympathisers were known to the Police for many years.

'Many of us in the British Muslim community have been demanding action against these extremists to no avail.

'I am not surprised that Khuram Butt carried out the terrorist attack and there are serious questions for the authorities.

'As in the Manchester terrorist attack, members of the Muslim community are reporting their suspicions about potential extremists which reinforces the strong links between the Muslim community and the police.

'What is clear that Anjem Choudhury, Khuram Butt and their group of terrorist sympathisers have been known to authorities and nothing was done for years.

'I call for an immediate investigation into what the police knew, what was done and why action was not taken against them.'

Butt turned to terror after being radicalised by hate preachers.

He lived off benefits and drifted in and out of jobs including a stint on the London Underground.

Near his home in Barking he would try to lure schoolchildren into his dark world by offering sweets and cash and lecturing them on Allah.

Shocked parents reported him to police for defending the Lee Rigby and Charlie Hebdo attacks and ‘brainwashing’ their children who came home asking: ‘Mummy, can we become Muslims?’

In 2015, Butt prepared to abandon his pregnant wife Zahrah to wage holy war in Syria, according to a relative, who said: ‘He once said I was a non-believer because I chose not to keep a beard.

'He refused to shake my hand (at Eid 2015) saying “I don’t shake hands with kuffars”.’

Moroccan-born Rachid Redouane went to the mother of his 18-month-old girl's flat in Barking to kiss his daughter goodbye just three hours before launching his deadly attack.

The terrorist and Charisse O'Leary, 38, had split in January over his warped Islamic views which included banning his girl watching TV in the fear it would turn her gay.

Redouane's estranged wife was one of 12 arrested and released without charge in connection with Saturday night's massacre during which seven people were killed and 48 were injured.

One of his two accomplices, Khuram Butt, wrote as his WhatsApp profile on May 10, 'Allah says (Quran 94:6) - Indeed, with hardship, comes ease.'

Instead of a picture of himself, his profile picture is lines from the Islamic religious book, which read: 'Speak justice, speak kindly, speak politely, speak fairly, speak gently, speak graciously, speak not in vain,' according to the Mirror.

Radouane saw his estranged wife and their child for the very last time at 7pm on Saturday.

They had met in Manchester in 2009 before moving to Ireland where they married in 2012.

The relationship turned sour over his extremist views and in recent social media posts, she had complained that Redouane had not been visiting their daughter enough.

One of Charisse's friends responded to her frustration that he was not going to see his child by saying she 'hope he drowns'.

The terrorist's ex-wife told The Sun: 'He was always really selfish and I gave up so much for him. I was never going to convert and become a Muslim. There’s no way I was going to do that.'

She refused to stop her daughter eating pork, going to dance lessons or watching things on TV in case it 'made her gay', which was the request of her twisted father.

Redouane had wanted his girl to grow up as a Muslim, but her mother said she would not force her child into a religious upbringing.

It emerged the murderer flew to his homeland for what he cited as person reasons three years ago, according to The Sun.
The trip is now being probed by security officials.

Michael Membo told the BBC he thought the terrorist was moving out because he had parked in the middle of the road and that his religious beliefs appeared to harden since the turn of the year.
He told Sky: 'He was a very interactive with the neighbours and with the kids. He joked around a lot, but we did not know whether to take it at face value.
‘There were no signs, as such, but at the start of the year he started to grow his beard. He had never really had a long but I thought it was just done by choice.
‘His style of clothing was more Islamic rather than casual. It became more frequent – sometimes he would wear a cap and sometimes he wouldn’t.
‘What we noticed was that he was speaking to the kids about his views.
‘The kids would tell their parents but people would just say “oh, it’s only Abz – don’t take him so seriously”.’
One of those youngsters told the BBC: ‘He was unhappy about what women were wearing. He wanted women to wear hijabs.
'We would speak about Syria and Afghanistan and how these countries were getting bombed.’
Neighbours have described how Butt hid behind a 'nice guy' persona and duped parents into trusting him to be alone with their children.
He was known to play football and table tennis with the youngsters, but a former team-mate of the terrorist who used to play seven-a-side football with Butt at Newham Leisure Centre told MailOnline:  ‘He used to come to the session in Newham where I live and play seven-a-side football.
‘It’s a quite shock to see he’s involved.
‘He was really good at football, a really talented player – and obviously an Arsenal fan.
‘I remember one incident when a friend of mine and my brother were playing when there was a violent fight on the pitch and he [Butt] stepped on someone’s head.
‘It was only a friendly game but he instigated the fight.
‘He was quite a heated, confrontational character.
‘It was obvious back then he was becoming more radicalised - I could see the beard was growing longer and longer and the way he spoke, he would use Islamic terms in his speech.
‘I respect everyone for all their own views and I wasn’t judging him at the time so thought nothing of it.’
It also emerged that police may also have questioned him last year after a photographer captured a detective carrying secret notes detailing an interview.
He was ‘euphoric’ and asking about how to hire a van just hours before the London Bridge atrocity, it was claimed last night.
London bolsters the city's bridges

Following the terrorist attacks in Westminster and London Bridge, New Scotland Yard have reviewed the security of the 33 bridges in London.

On Sunday they had protective barriers installed at Westminster Bridge.

A Met Police spokesman said: 'We are in the process of having barriers installed on Waterloo Bridge and Lambeth Bridge to maintain security at these venues.

'We recognise the public is anxious about security following the terrorist attacks in London, and we want to reassure them that we are taking precautions to make the Capital a safe place for people to live, work and visit.

'The barriers are intended to increase security on what are some of London’s busiest bridges.

'They are designed specifically for hostile vehicle mitigation and are a national asset used around the UK.

'We are considering the use of barriers and other security measures at locations across London. We will not be discussing this further at this time.'

A neighbour said that Butt wandered over and started asking about his van and how much it would cost to hire one.

The Telegraph claims that counter-terrorism officers were watching a cell in Barking, where he lived, on the eve of the terror attack.

Yesterday, Butt's family asked to 'grieve in peace' as it emerged the terrorist held a farewell barbecue at his flat in Barking, where guests were handed cupcakes.

Neighbour Ramou Grant told Good Morning Britain: 'Last week he called for a barbecue and invited all of us. [I'm] thinking, "was this a send-off?".'

One of his neighbours told MailOnline he was a 'cheeky chappie' before he became serious about Islam and his older brother was in the Territorial Army.

Aged eight he was knocked down with a car and broke his tooth and damaged his leg. He got a £2,500 payout and walked with a limp after that.

In 2013, the neighbour said he started to wear religious clothes. He used to go to the mosque over the road which she said was quite radical and lots of young men start going there and turn out extreme, she said.

Butt took part in an arranged marriage in Chigwell, Essex, in a ceremony attended by more than 400 people.

His father died suddenly in 2002 and that affected him because he used to 'took care' to bring them up properly and make sure they didn't stray.

The family were all on benefits but the father also worked selling fruit and veg at a stall in Queens Market in Upton Park. So they lost money when he died and the mother 'didn't really care' about the kids, she said.

Salaudeen Jailabdeen, 40, who lives in a neighbouring block of flats, said the suspect had once been ejected from a local mosque for interrupting an imam. He then started preaching in his flat.

A spokesman for the Jabir Bin Zayd Islamic Centre said: 'The imam was forced to ask him to leave two years ago.

'He was giving a speech on the up-and-coming general election and the imam was explaining how it was important to vote wisely.

'He got angry, complaining that it was nothing to do with him, and interrupted the imam. He was then asked to leave.'

But in a statement on its website, the mosque said: 'We feel until the police release more information it is not appropriate for us to speak about anyone that may or may not have prayed here.'

Neighbours near the Barking flats where he lived said he had been well-known to the community.

Damien Pettit, 31, who said he could not be sure the man pictured was definitely his neighbour, said the man was 'very much involved in the area'.

Yesterday a photographer captured a detective carrying secret notes which appeared to suggest he had been quizzed by police as recently as last year.

According to The Times, the Barking suspect had preached to people at his flat, worked on the transport network and worked for a few hours a week at an Islamic fitness centre where he also took part in boxing and taekwondo.

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