Duo shot dead in wake of London Bridge terrorist attack named by Metropolitan Police Service

The Metropolitan Police Service’s Counter-Terrorism Command has released the names and photographs of two men shot dead by police following the terrorist attack that occurred on London Bridge and Borough Market on Saturday 3 June.

While formal identification has yet to take place, detectives believe they now know the attackers’ identities. They believe two of the men are Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane, both from Barking in east London. All three men were confronted and shot dead by armed police officers within eight minutes of the first call.

Khuram Shazad Butt, 27 (20.4.90), was a British citizen who was born in Pakistan. Rachid Redouane, 30 (31.7.86), had claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan. He also used the name Rachid Elkhdar, with a different date of birth of 31.7.91. Inquiries are ongoing to confirm the identity of their accomplice.

Detectives would like to hear from anyone who has any information about these men that may assist them with the investigation. They’re particularly keen to hear about places these individuals may have frequented and their movements in the days and hours leading up to the attack.

At 22.08 hours on Saturday 3 June, a hired white Renault van travelled north to south on London Bridge and mounted the pavement, colliding with pedestrians before the vehicle was abandoned. The three attackers, armed with knives, continued on foot into the Borough Market area, stabbing numerous people. The attackers were then confronted by the firearms officers and eight police firearms officers discharged their weapons.

Seven people were killed by the attackers. Work to inform the next of kin of the victims is ongoing. This is taking time because the Met believes some of the victims are from abroad. Of the 48 people taken to hospital, 36 are currently being cared for in London hospitals with 18 of them remaining in a critical condition.

The investigation into this horrific attack is fast-moving and complex. So far, officers have arrested 12 people – seven women and five men – and searched six properties (four on Sunday and a further two properties on Monday 5 June). One of the arrested men and one of the women were subsequently released.

Current terrorism investigations

Currently, there are 500 terrorism investigations ongoing that involve 3,000 subjects of interest. A small number of the highest priority investigations involve current attack planning, and these investigations command a significant proportion of policing resource. The remainder of the investigations focus on other activities relating to the active support or facilitation of terrorism.

Mark Rowley

Mark Rowley

Khuram Shazad Butt was known to both the police and MI5. However, there was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned and the investigation had been prioritised accordingly. The other named man, Rachid Redouane, was not known.

Work is ongoing to understand more about them, their connections and whether they were assisted or supported by anyone else in their actions.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley 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. The police and our partners are doing everything we can across the country to help prevent further attacks and protect the public from harm. At any one time, MI5 and the police are conducting around 500 active investigations involving 3,000 subjects of interest. Additionally, there are around 20,000 individuals who are former subjects of interest and whose risk remains subject to review by MI5 and its partners.”

The security and intelligence services and the police have halted 18 terrorist plots since 2013, including five subsequent to the Westminster attack that took place two months ago.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014.

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