Knowing now what he didn’t know then, Ramou Grant was invited to a BBQ party in Barking by one of the terrorists last week. Now he says, “Last week he called for a barbecue and invited all of us. [I’ve been] thinking, ‘was this a send-off?’”
Another BBQ invite, Ken Chigbo, 26, recalled how the terrorist used to “buy ice creams for the kids.”
Fondly remembered by neighbor Sharmine Thomas, 50, she recalled, “He used to help me with my shopping. He was a lovely guy.”
It has not been confirmed which of the three men terrorists threw the party, but the one known as “Abz”–who wore an Arsenal shirt during the attacks–was identified as the ringleader and likely threw the party.
The three men caused chaos and bloodshed when they carried out an attack on Saturday evening on London Bridge and in Borough Market.
A van was driven into pedestrians enjoying a summer evening just after 10pm before the men ran towards the market – storming bars and pubs with knives.
They rampaged through the area, a favorite with tourists and locals alike, stabbing at people enjoying drinks and dinner before they were shot by armed police.
Police made 12 arrests after raiding a block of flats in Barking in the early hours of Sunday morning and have carried out similar operations in East Ham and Dagenham.
One woman was arrested at the social housing flat belonging to suspected Borough Market killer Abz in Barking.
Controlled explosions were carried out by officers entering the property.
Shocked neighbors said the dead terrorist had lived in the block for around three years and was married with two children.
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