Terrorists Strike England Twice Within 10 Weeks

Terrorists Strike England Twice Within 10 Weeks

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GLV reported that an act of terrorism occurred on the London Bridge, which was carried out on June 3, 2017. This attack is the second that struck England within a 10 day period.

Mark Roberts, who was an eyewitness, stated that a van was speeding and veered into advancing traffic. It then ran into a bus stop. Five people on the ground appeared unconscious. The vehicle struck the bus stop after it headed towards the pedestrians. One hundred people were on the bridge, at the time, heard what sounded like gunshots.

The police blocked off the bridge. The U.S. Embassy sent out a statement that asked everyone in London to avoid the bridge.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May stated that the driver left his car and fatally stabbed a police officer. He was then gunned down by police. The driver’s name was Khalid Masood. May said that Masood was a 52-year-old man, who had a record and was connected to extremism.

Also, two other London Bridge radical Islamic terrorist attackers were also involved. They previously had attempted to radically Islamize children in a park. NBC News reported that their neighbors stated that they reported one of them to authorities after two such incidents.

Three of the terrorists were then killed by the police. The final assailant was identified by police as Youssef Zaghba, on Tuesday.

NBC security analyst Duncan Gardham stated that Khuram Butt was also a part of a terrorist cell that supports ISIS, part of the state of radical Islam. Butt used the name, Rachid Elkhdar and attracted negative attention from his friends and neighbors.

The three offenders were the subject of a documentary filmed by a British broadcaster. The terrorist group is seen praying to a black flag that is associated with ISIS.

Terrorist Attacks in the U.K.

The attack on the London transportation network in 2005 that was the largest terrorist attack in the nation, leaving 52 fatalities. Another included the killing of soldier Lee Rigby in a London street was another serious incident eight years later.

NBC News reported that 33 fatalities have been recorded in the latest London catastrophe.

Late on Monday Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said that five plots were thwarted in recent weeks. Rowley stated that the five probable attacks and the one successful act of terrorism are not similar to anything the U.K. has ever seen before.

U.K.’s Prime Minister cautioned that extremist terrorists are replicating each other. May pledged to reach out to allied democracies, regulate cyberspace, and reach agreements internationally, and prevent propaganda and attacks from being planned on the internet. The prime minister then said that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will not tolerate extremism and terrorists.

CNN reported that the British have identified the third London terrorist attacker. Zaghba, 22, was living in East London at the time of his arrest. The police had previously stated Rachid Redouane/Butt, 27, was also living in East London at the time of the terrorist attacks.

The police and the British Intelligence Agency (M15) did not find Zaghba to be a person of interest before the attack. Public authorities believe that the remaining terrorist is of Moroccan decent and an Italian national.

Italian police stated that Zaghba’s name was placed on a security watch list. The police stopped the radical Islamic terrorist when he was boarding a plane in Bologna, Italy, in March 2016. The plane was bound for Istanbul, Turkey. Authorities discovered extremist material on his cell phone.

Italian police could not arrest their suspect because that material was on a cell phone. Islamic extremist propaganda on a cell phone is not against Italian law. Zaghba also was traveling with an Italian passport.

The names of the known three London known attackers were Redouane, Butt, and Zaghaba. Redouane, who said that he is a 30-year-old Libyan and Moroccan, was not known to intelligence agencies. Butt was killed in the attack. However, he was a part of one of the terrorist attacks that struck England twice within 10 weeks.

By John A. Federico
Edited by Cathy Milne

Sources:

Guardian Liberty Voice: Police Report an Incident on London Bridge [Update]
NBC News: Third London Attacker Named as 22-Year-Old From East London
NBC News: London Bridge Attack: What Triggered Spate of U.K. Terrorist Incidents?
CNN: UK police face questions as third London attacker named

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