The third perpetrator in Saturday’s London Bridge terror attack was identified Tuesday by British officials as a 22-year-old Moroccan-born Italian who had an encounter with European security forces, but “was not a subject of interest.”
Youssef Zaghba was the third of three to be identified in the group of jihadis who murdered seven people Saturday night by plowing a van through a crowd on London Bridge, then going on a stabbing spree in a popular pub district. The trio of terrorists were ultimately shot and killed by police.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the atrocity, the third major attack to occur in the U.K. in recent months. The string of attacks have caused political turmoil—in Britain and abroad—culminating in London’s mayor calling for the cancellation of a state visit to the U.K. by President Trump.
According to Politico Europe, Italian intelligence officials notified British and Moroccan authorities that Zaghba was stopped by police in March 2016 at Bologna Airport as he prepared to travel to Istanbul. Officials suspected that Zaghba was headed for Turkey after which he would cross the border into Syria and into ISIS-controlled territory.
Despite the suspicion of authorities, British police said in a Monday press release that Zaghba “was not a police or MI5 subject of interest.”
Zaghba lived in east London, along with previously identified London Bridge terrorists Khuram Shazad Butt, a 27-year-old of Pakistani descent with known jihadist tendencies and Rachid Redouane, 30, who claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan.
In an “unprecedented” decision, more than 130 Muslim religious leaders have refused to offer funeral prayers for the three terrorists.
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