The British police didn’t see any threats when they formerly investigated one of the three attackers who murdered seven people on Saturday evening near London Bridge, UK police said Monday.
27-year-old Khuram Shazad Butt, the first attacker, was a British resident but he was born in Pakistan. Police and Britain’s domestic spy agency MI5 already knew Butt.
“However, there was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned and the investigation had been prioritized accordingly,” police stated.
The second attacker
The second attacker is a 30 years old named Rachid Redouane. He claims to be Moroccan and Libyan. Police said he had a different name, Rachid Elkhdar, and a different birthdate.
Both attackers used to live in the same part of East London.
Police are yet to identify the third attacker involved in the tragic London Bridge incident.
Since it was a crowded area, British Police has at least 500 open investigations with around 3,000 possible suspects.
“A small number of the highest priority investigations involve current attack planning, and these investigations command a significant proportion of our resource,” police said.
On Saturday night, the three attackers rode their car and went south across London Bridge plowing into pedestrians. They then stabbed bystanders in the Borough Market area.
Seven were killed in the attack and dozens were injured including 18 in a critical condition. The tragic incident took place only one week before Britons take part and vote in a national election.
“Our work necessarily involves making difficult judgments about how to prioritize the resources available to us at a time when the UK is facing a severe and high tempo terrorist threat,” police remarked.