Bri­tish po­lice name two at­tack­ers re­spon­si­ble for deadly ram­page.

Na­tion shaken by lat­est ter­ror in heart of Lon­don

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - BY GREGORY KATZ AND RAPHAEL SAT­TER

LON­DON | Bri­tish po­lice named two of the three men who left a trail of blood­shed with a van and knife in cen­tral Lon­don and ap­pealed for the pub­lic’s help Mon­day to learn more about their move­ments in the days lead­ing up to the deadly ram­page that killed seven peo­ple and left dozens wounded.

Khu­ram Shazad Butt was a 27-year-old Pak­istan-born Bri­ton known to au­thor­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by Lon­don po­lice. Rachid Re­douane — who had claimed to be Moroc­can and Libyan, var­i­ously gave his age as 30 or 25 and also used Elkhdar as a sur­name — was not on the radar of po­lice or in­tel­li­gence agen­cies un­til the at­tack.

Both were shot dead, along with a third at­tacker who has not been iden­ti­fied, by of­fi­cers called to the chaotic scene on Satur­day night.

Lon­don po­lice said Butt was known to au­thor­i­ties, but they had no rea­son to think he was ac­tively plan­ning to do harm. Neigh­bors of the two at­tack­ers re­called at least one had tried to rad­i­cal­ize young peo­ple in the neigh­bor­hood, and they had re­ported him to the au­thor­i­ties.

Ten oth­ers who were ar­rested in the east Lon­don neigh­bor­hood of Bark­ing where the two named sus­pects had lived re­mained in cus­tody.

The at­tack launched by three men in the Lon­don Bridge area Satur­day night is shap­ing the fi­nal days of an elec­tion cam­paign, fo­cus­ing at­ten­tion on Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s role in re­duc­ing the ranks of po­lice of­fi­cers. La­bor Party leader Jeremy Cor­byn said he sup­ported those call­ing for Mrs. May to re­sign be­cause of her role re­duc­ing po­lice staffing dur­ing her ten­ure as home sec­re­tary, though he said the best rem­edy was to vote her out.

“There’s an elec­tion on Thurs­day, [and] that’s the chance,” he said, cit­ing an “ap­palling” cut in po­lice staffing lev­els.

“We’re call­ing for a restora­tion of po­lice num­bers, and there’s a call be­ing made for her to go, be­cause of what she’s done on the po­lice num­bers.”

Mrs. May, un­der fire be­cause of three ma­jor at­tacks in Bri­tain in the last three months, said Mr. Cor­byn wasn’t fit to safe­guard Bri­tain’s se­cu­rity at a time of height­ened threat.

The Is­lamic State group has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the brazen at­tack that started on Lon­don Bridge, then con­tin­ued in the streets sur­round­ing Borough Mar­ket.

Most of the Lon­don Un­der­ground sta­tions re­opened in the neigh­bor­hood where the at­tack took place, al­low­ing nor­mal life and com­merce to re­sume after more than 24 hours of lock­down. Some res­i­dents cooped up in­side all day Sun­day emerged from their homes for the first time since the at­tacks.

Dozens were in­jured, 18 of them crit­i­cally, in the at­tack that started on the Lon­don Bridge, when three at­tack­ers swerved the ve­hi­cle into pedes­tri­ans, then, armed with knives, ram­paged through Borough Mar­ket, slash­ing and stab­bing any­one they could find. The three men wore fake sui­cide vests — to make them even more im­pos­ing.

The sis­ter of a miss­ing 32-year-old man said Mon­day her brother is be­lieved to have died in the at­tack. Melissa McMul­lan told Sky News that po­lice said her brother James McMul­lan’s bank card had been found on one of the bod­ies.

“While our pain will never di­min­ish, it is im­por­tant for us all to carry on with our lives in di­rect op­po­si­tion to those who wish to de­stroy us, and re­mem­ber that ha­tred is the refuge of small-minded in­di­vid­u­als and will only breed more,” she said.

It is not clear how hav­ing more po­lice on the beat would have pre­vented the at­tack since the men were shot dead within eight min­utes, but the is­sue of po­lice cuts has come back to haunt Mrs. May, who served for six years as home sec­re­tary un­der her pre­de­ces­sor, David Cameron, be­fore she be­came prime min­is­ter last year.

Dur­ing that time, po­lice num­bers have dropped by roughly 20,000 of­fi­cers, and the num­ber of armed of­fi­cers has fallen as well.

Mrs. May said Mon­day that Bri­tain’s coun­tert­er­ror­ism op­er­a­tions are fully funded, but Lon­don Mayor Sadiq Khan — a La­bor fig­ure — said cuts to po­lice have been dra­co­nian.

“Over the last seven years, we as a city have lost [$775 mil­lion] from our bud­get,” he said. “We have had to close po­lice sta­tions, sell po­lice build­ings, and we’ve lost thou­sands of po­lice staff.”

The coun­try’s of­fi­cial ter­ror threat level had been set at “crit­i­cal” in the days after the Manch­ester con­cert bomb­ing on May 22 that killed 22 peo­ple — re­flect­ing a judg­ment that an at­tack might be im­mi­nent be­cause ac­com­plices with sim­i­lar bombs might be on the loose.

It was low­ered once in­tel­li­gence agen­cies were com­fort­able that this wasn’t the case. The Lon­don at­tack, car­ried out by three knife-wield­ing men in a rented van, is ap­par­ently un­con­nected to the Manch­ester bomb­ing.

Mrs. May has said the three at­tacks — including one on Par­lia­ment in March — weren’t con­nected in any op­er­a­tional sense but were linked by what she called the “per­verted ide­ol­ogy” of ex­trem­ist Islam.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS PHO­TO­GRAPHS

Trib­utes sprang up around Lon­don after Satur­day’s at­tack at Lon­don Bridge. Po­lice iden­ti­fied Khu­ram Shazad Butt, a Pak­istani­born Bri­ton, and Rachid Re­douane as two of the three at­tack­ers. Ten oth­ers have been ar­rested in connection with the crime.

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Re­douane

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