Youssef Zaghba: Police Identifies Third London Bridge Attacker, 22-year-old Italian national of Moroccan descent

The Saturday assault on the London Bridge, where three masked men attacked and stabbed random pedestrians claimed the lives of seven people

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London's Metropolitan Police has identified the three suspected London Bridge attackers as (L-R) Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba. Seven people died in the assault that occurred Saturday. Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Police. UPI

London, June 6, 2017: The third attacker believed to have been involved in the attack on London Bridge has been identified as Youssef Zaghba by Metropolitan Police on Monday. Zaghba is a 22-year-old Italian national of Moroccan descent.

The terrifying assault that resulted in the death of 7 people took place on Saturday when three masked men drove a van into pedestrians on the bridge before jumping out of the van and stabbing random people, the Police statement mentioned. The assault was continued by the attackers in the adjacent Borough Market area which is a popular bar and restaurant district.

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The Police had identified the first two suspects on Monday as Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane; both of them are London residents. The third attacker was identified on Tuesday.

The statement from the Met Police says that even though formal identification is yet to take place, detectives are quite sure that he is 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba from east London. They have informed the deceased’s family as well, mentioned UPI report.

“He was not a police or MI5 subject of interest. All three men involved in the attack were confronted and shot dead by armed officers within 8 minutes of the first call.”

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27-year old Butt was a British citizen born in Pakistan, while Redouane, 30, claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan. The reports also mention that Redouane also used the fake name ‘Rachi Elkhdar’ and a different age.

The Islamic State has taken the responsibility for the Saturday assault, but the involvement of the terrorist group in the accident is yet to be confirmed by British officials.

Police also said that Detectives would appreciate it if anyone who has any information about these men is willing to step up as that may help them with the investigation process. They have expressed a particular interest in hearing about places they may have visited frequently and their movements in the days and hours before the attacks.

At least 13 people have been arrested by the Police suspecting their connection to the attack. According to the reports, the latest person arrested is a 27-year-old man who was detained Tuesday morning under Britain’s Terrorism Act. But the 12 others arrested have been released without charge.

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A number of barriers on various bridges have been installed by London officials since the attack to protect pedestrians. The concrete and metal barriers were put in London Bridge, Lambeth Bridge, Waterloo Bridge and Westminster Bridge, where a similar attack took place in March.

Britain has been experiencing a number of violent attacks in the past few days. The London Bridge attack happened just a week after the Manchester Arena suicide bombing incident in which 23 people passed away following a concert.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang