The Men Who Terrorized London
Albanian Daily News
Published June 6, 2017
British authorities have now identified two of the three men behind Saturday night's brutal rampage at London Bridge -- and are investigating whether others were involved.
At least seven people were killed and and another 48 people were wounded in the attack.
Within eight minutes of the first emergency phone call, officers shot dead all three suspects in Borough Market, a popular restaurant and bar district nearby.
This is what we know about the attackers so far.
-- Butt was a British citizen who was born in Pakistan, London's Metropolitan Police said. Police and MI5 -- the UK's security and counterintelligence agency -- were familiar with him, but there was no intelligence to suggest the weekend attack was being planned, Met Police said.
-- Authorities said Butt was from the east London area of Barking. He was working at reception of a local fitness center.
-- Butt appeared in a 2016 documentary called "The Jihadis Next Door," which told the story of Abu Rumaysah, the Londoner who has appeared in recent ISIS propaganda.
-- 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.
-- Al-Muhajiroun has been linked to the radicalization of a number of UK-based terrorists over the years including several of those behind a fertilizer bomb plot thwarted in the UK in 2014.
-- CNN's Sandi Sidhu met Butt several years ago while reporting in London. She said that while he would attend meetings, he rarely spoke up and was not at the helm of the group.
-- Al-Muhajiroun has also been linked to Michael Adebolajo, one of the men convicted of slaying British soldier Lee Rigby near a military barracks in southeast London in 2013.
-- Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, said Butt verbally assaulted him the day after Rigby's death. "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," Shafiq said in a statement Monday.
-- Butt "infrequently" attended Jabir bin Zayd Islamic Centre in Barking, that mosque said in a statement. "We did not know him well, his name was not known to us, it has been brought to our attention that some years ago after interrupting a Friday sermon he was asked to leave the mosque," the statement said.
-- Neighbors in Barking told CNN that they had recognized Butt as one of the three dead attackers from Saturday night. They described him as a quiet family man who kept to himself.
-- Barking resident Erica Gasperri said she had reported Butt to police after she saw him teaching local children about Islam and showing them how to pray.
-- Other neighbors have told CNN that Butt had joined a mosque nearby after he severed ties with another community following an argument.
-- Butt briefly worked for Transport for London, the entity that oversees the city's public transport system. He was a trainee customer services assistant with London Underground for less than six months, before leaving in October, according to a Transport for London spokesperson.