Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

British police name third London attacker as Youssef Zaghba

British police name third London attacker as Youssef Zaghba

A total of 48 people were injured and London hospitals are continuing to treat 29 people - 10 of whom are said to be in a critical condition.

The carnage of the London Bridge attack could have been worse: One of the attackers tried to rent a larger truck that could have killed more people, but his payment was declined.

He was investigated in 2015 but he was "prioritised in the lower echelons of our investigative work" and there was no evidence of "attack planning", police said.

The death toll from the London Bridge terror attack has risen to eight after police searching for a French man missing since Saturday recovered a body from the River Thames.

In total 15 men have arrested as part of the investigation, with 12 of those released without charge.

British police have confirmed the identity of two of the three attackers but had been retaining the name of the third while investigations into possible accomplices and contacts continued.

Security measures were heightened on Thursday as millions headed out to vote in the general election. The latest opinion poll, by Survation for ITV, showed the Conservatives' lead narrowing to just one point from six points in the same poll a week earlier. The second man, Rachid Redouane, had not aroused any suspicions.

Police shot and killed the three attackers, who were wearing suicide vests that turned out to be fakes.

The attack on Saturday night, London time, was carried out by Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22.

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Butt was known to police and was "openly fundamentalist", NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports from London.

The authorities have said Butt was known to police and the domestic security service MI5 but there was no intelligence that an attack was being planned. He has said cuts in the number of police officers have had an impact on the ability to prevent attacks.

He was working at a London restaurant and was still in contact with his mother.

The area around Borough Market is not expected to reopen Tuesday.

Transport for London, which oversees the capital's transport network, has advised commuters to make alternative journeys as the station will be busy.

A nationwide minute of silence was held at 11 a.m. (1000 GMT) to honour all the victims. All three were killed by British authorities Saturday night.

The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Spain's Foreign Ministry says a British autopsy concluded that Ignacio Echeverria, the Spaniard who confronted assailants during last weekend's attacks in London, died after being stabbed in the back.

Abedi killed 22 people and wounded more than 100 when he detonated a bomb at the crowded Manchester Arena, where USA pop star Ariana Grande had been performing.

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