British authorities have acknowledged the identities of two of the three male terrorists who conducted the fatal attack in London on Saturday evening. One was already known to British security forces. However, authorities claim that there was no advance knowledge of the attack in which seven people were killed and many wounded. The trio of attackers drove on London Bridge at a high rate of speed on Saturday evening, mowing down pedestrians. Then they went to the Borough Market district where they stabbed a number of innocents. Several people remain missing and are feared dead.
The terrorists have been identified as Khuram Shazad Butt (27), a British national who was born in Pakistan. The other is Rachid Redouane (30), who claimed to be both Moroccan and Libyan. He was also known as Rachid Elkhdar (25).


In a statement, British police said, “Khuram Shazad Butt was known to the police and MI5 [British intelligence]. However, there was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned and the investigation had been prioritized accordingly.” police said. “I would urge anyone with information about these men, their movements in the days and hours before the attack and the places they frequented to come forward,” national counter-terrorism police chief Mark Rowley said in a statement. 
“At any one time MI5 and police are conducting around 500 active investigations, involving 3,000 subjects of interest,” Rowley said. “Additionally, there are around 20,000 individuals who are former subjects of interest, whose risk remains subject to review by MI5 and its partners.” Rowley said that British security forces have foiled 18 plots since 2013, including five since the Westminster attack of March 2017. Police said they now have 10 people in custody after releasing two of the 12 people arrested on Sunday. 
Butt once appeared in a Channel 4 documentary about extremists, titled, “The Jihadis Next Door,” that was broadcast last year, British media reported. The video was removed from Netflix subsequent to the attack.


The threat level in the UK remains at “severe,” according to Prime Minister Theresa May said, indicating that another attack is highly likely. She added that she supports the “shoot to kill” policy used by London police in responding to terror attacks. Police, she said, saved “countless lives” by killing the three attackers within eight minutes on Saturday night.



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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