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London police arrest more suspects in bridge attack

06 June 2017

Butt had appeared in a documentary called "The Jihadis Next Door", broadcast previous year by Britain's Channel 4, as part of a group of men who unfurled an Islamic State flag in a park. Butt was thrown out from one of the east London mosques he occasionally prayed in, after reportedly shouting "Only God is in charge" and interrupting the imam.

The Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim anti-extremist charity, revealed that its chief executive, Mohammed Shafiq, was called a traitor by Butt after he denounced the killing of Fusilier Rigby.

London police chief Cressida Dick said that while some of the recent attacks in Britain had worldwide links, they had a largely domestic centre of gravity.

Khan warned that the proposed cuts would lead to the loss of thousands of community police officers who "act as the eyes and ears of the security services, providing the intelligence and information that allows us to disrupt attempted terrorist attacks".

Neighbors described Butt as an avid weightlifter and Transport for London confirmed he worked for London Underground in customer service before leaving last October.

The announcement that British intelligence services knew of Butt drew immediate criticism.

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"The commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has said the Met is well resourced, and they are, and that they have very powerful counterterrorism capabilities, and they do".

Several people had reported him to the anti-terror hotline in recent years, and neighbours recalled incidents such as his going to a barbecue and declaring it a "no-women zone".

His father, Dr. Mark Kindschuh, who is director of Coney Island Hospital's Emergency Department, told WABC he was proud that his son stayed with the injured man and showed such selflessness amid the panic.

Police disclosed late on Monday that 27-year-old Khuram Butt, a British citizen born in Pakistan, was known to police and domestic spy agency MI5 but with resources scarce had not been deemed enough of a threat to warrant close monitoring. Butt was an Arsenal football club fan and was wearing their shirt during the attack, The Guardian reported.

He said Britain's relationship with the USA should be like a close friendship: "you stand with them in times of adversity and call them out when they're wrong and there are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong". How much is it, is it possible to get in automatic?' - all these specific questions about the van, which obviously now makes sense in my head. "I think the government has to do something".

Butt, who also used the name Abdul Zaitun, is believed to have associated with the outlawed radical Islamist group al-Muhajiroun, co-founded by notorious hate preacher Anjem Choudary.

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It is not clear when he arrived Ireland or how long he stayed but it is believed he used Irish jurisdiction to get a European Union permit which allowed him to be in the UK.

The first clue to his background came when authorities found an Irish identity card on the body of one of the suspects.

Salahudeen, a 40-year-old driving instructor and one of the neighbours, said Butt's had changed lately.

On Tuesday, counter-terror officers were searching a property in Ilford, east London, after entering the address at around 01:30 BST.

"We have hundreds of people training at UFC gym each week".

The Times Scotland claims that one of the London Bridge attackers was free to carry out the atrocity despite working for a man accused of helping to train the ringleader of the July 7 bombing in 2005.

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"This is a time for us to reach out to the world, to understand more about what is happening", she said, according to The Washington Examiner.

London police arrest more suspects in bridge attack