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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

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It is no surprise anymore than Pakistan army has been committing genocides in Pashtun and Baloch areas, Farhat Taj, Pashtun human rights activist further exposed how Pakistan army is supporting terrorists in their evil plan


In a shocking video, Pashtun human rights activist, Farhat Taj, research fellow at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Research, University of Oslo, and a member of Aryana Institute for Regional Research and Advocacy exposed the dirty nexus between Pakistan army and terrorist organisations such as Taliban.

Pakistan army is time and again accused of committing genocidal crimes against Pashtun and Baloch civilians. Since last few years we have been seeing how Baloch and Pashtun activists became vocal against atrocities committed by Pakistan army on their soil. There are more than 30 million Pashtuns worldwide coming together for a free Pashtunistan. Farhat Taj also confirms in her video about Pakistan state sponsoring extremism, raising terrorists and brainwashing Pashtun children to manufacture “jehadi fighters”.

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Umar Daud Khattak, Mission Commander, Pashtunishtan Liberation Army, said “Unity of Pashtuns across the imposed Durnad Line is an immense need of the time. Pashtuns are oppressed under Pakistani genocidal occupation, they displaced, killed, bombarded, their homes and villages are bulldozed, chemical weapons are used against them. Until now about 2 million Pashtuns are displaced by Pakistan Army and have killed about 200,000. It is mind-boggling numbers. Loy Afghanistan Movement is a good effort for political, diplomatic and social plateform for uniting Pashtuns across the Durand Line and restore the natural geography.”

Pakistan, a fake state fuelling terror for a long time is now getting backlash in home. The world now acknowledges that Pakistan is a failed state, the world now shares the grief of Baloch, Pashtuns and sindh people, its high time for the world to stand together against the manufacturer of terrorism, Pakistan. Pakistan army which is supposed to fight terrorism are actually the one raising terrorist, army person in day shift is a Talib in night shift. This is the state of affairs in Pakistan. I do hope that civil society of Pakistan will come forward and protest against such a failed state and barbaric military which is involved in genocide. Pakistan needs more of Tarek Fateh and Farhat Taj if they want to prosper as a progressive nation rather than an extremist centre of terrorism.

– by SHAURYA RITWIK, Shaurya is Sub-Editor at NewsGram and writes on Geo-politcs, Culture, Indology and Business. Twitter Handle – @shauryaritwik